Rachel Heibel

Growing up in West Michigan, my most fond memories are the days where time was lost at the lake shore building sand castles, sculpting huts out of mud in my backyard, or designing snow forts. As an adult, working with clay helps me feel the same simple joy. I’m completing my BFA degree at the University of Michigan with an intended minor in sustainability, and I continue to allow my ever changing environment influence my work.
For this show with Form and Seek I want to start a conversation about what the word “isolation” means to me and how closely associated it has been with waiting. The amount of waiting that has happened in 2021 has encouraged me to find joy in these periods of stillness and uncertainty. I am creating a ceramic chair that uses form and color to create a place that will be enjoyable to wait in. The singular unique chair is also meant to address a sense of self that myself and many of my peers have been developing in a different and more isolated way.Growing up in West Michigan, my most fond memories are the days where time was lost at the lake shore building sand castles, sculpting huts out of mud in my backyard, or designing snow forts. As an adult, working with clay helps me feel the same simple joy. I’m completing my BFA degree at the University of Michigan with an intended minor in sustainability, and I continue to allow my ever changing environment influence my work.
For this show with Form and Seek I want to start a conversation about what the word “isolation” means to me and how closely associated it has been with waiting. The amount of waiting that has happened in 2021 has encouraged me to find joy in these periods of stillness and uncertainty. I am creating a ceramic chair that uses form and color to create a place that will be enjoyable to wait in. The singular unique chair is also meant to address a sense of self that myself and many of my peers have been developing in a different and more isolated way.