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Katie Teesdale has always been an artist but didn’t get to work with ceramics until her university education program gave her the chance. She immediately fell in love and hasn’t stopped working in clay since. She received a BFA with honors in Ceramics along with a Teacher Education Program K-12 certificate from the University of Iowa. As a teacher, Katie enjoys helping students discover the skills they need to enjoy learning on their own and to help them become lifelong learners. This means that Katie endeavors to create a fun, collaborative learning environment where students can feel free to be themselves and grow. As a maker, Katie creates thrown and altered utilitarian objects centering on storytelling and the life of the object in its home.

Before coming to Philadelphia, Katie worked as an educator in various capacities including a position at ClaySpace Ceramic Gallery and as a high school art teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. After teaching in Chicago for over a year, Katie decided to see if she could grow the artistic side of her career. An adventure that has taken her to Arrowmont, in Tennessee, before bringing her to Philadelphia. Currently, Katie is the Education Assistant with the Claymobile Outreach program and also teaches with The Clay Studio.

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