Betsy Redelman MFA '17 at Harvard Ceramics

Lisa Jarrett, Namita Wiggers, Karl Burkheimer, Dylan Beck, and Courtney Kemp participate in Betsy's 2017 Long Table event

MFA in Craft Alumni Spotlight: Betsy Redelman

Post graduation, Betsy relocated to Boston, starting an internship at the Ceramics Program at Harvard. She is working part time this fall with Director of Education, Kathy King, on academic projects and interdisciplinary collaborations. Currently she is utilizing her studio time at Harvard Ceramics by working on a functional pottery line. She will also keep busy by teaching an undergraduate ceramics course at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts.

"A few months after relocating to Boston, I started interning at the Ceramics Program at Harvard. Interning gave me the opportunity to get back in the studio after a 6 month clay drought since leaving my beloved corner of the Ceramics department at OCAC in December. Selling pots to make a consistent portion of my living hadn't really appealed to me until recently. I think moving across the country and realizing that it would take several month to build up a new network from scratch and get even a part time job in my field, made it more attractive to me. Thinking about the craft I have been honing for the past 8 years as a way to sustain myself not only creatively, but also economically for the first time has meant engaging with craft from a new entry point. Very apt for post-grad life, some might say. In July I opened up my online store, appropriately named 'Feminist Potter.' I never thought I would find joy in packing boxes, but I've been nerding out watching my box packing craft evolve and improve every time I ship a piece (I place full blame on the OCAC MFA program for that one).

I will start a new part-time position at Harvard Ceramics in September, working with the Director of Education, Kathy King, on academic projects and interdisciplinary collaborations between the ceramics program and the art museum, the graduate school of design, anthropology classes, etc. If you know me, interdisciplinary ceramics education is pretty much the gospel I've been preaching for the past five years. It is so exciting to be able to shift years of research and ideation around a topic to actually putting it into practice, and also having the privilege of being mentored by a great mind like Kathy King, who really started these interdisciplinary clay collaborations at Harvard from scratch!

Another new adventure I'll be embarking on this fall is teaching an undergraduate Ceramics course at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. It is an introductory level course exploring combined methods in clay, meaning both wheel throwing and hand building. I am looking forward to taking teaching tools I developed in collaboration with other students at OCAC, like the "Girls Guide to Pottery" zine and the Mujeres del Barro Rojo documentary, and using them in my own classroom. "