03.11 2022

I Came to School For Your Class

For years we loved teaching. Now we work in our studios.

Work on view by Vicky Gold, Norma Gottlieb and Jodi Rice

Opening Reception
April 1st, 2022 6-9pm

Closing Reception
April 30th, 2022 3-6pm

844 North Broad Street Philadelphia PA 19130

Vicky Gold

I have been making objects out of clay, both functional and sculptural for my whole adult life. I was first drawn to pottery because I appreciated using handmade plates, bowls and cups as everyday dishes. I also also enjoyed the idea that a plate or a cup could be a piece of functional art, bringing joy to the user, and could be used every day. I studied at The Philadelphia College of Art with wonderful teachers who taught me both the craft, and the art of the work.

I have also taught, first adults at various art centers, then at The Baldwin School for 40 years. I loved sharing the ancient art of pottery with all of my students, and felt honored to be part of the chain of makers to pass on the craft of how to work with clay.

Past exhibitions of my work include the Philadelphia Airport, and at the Free Library on Logan Square along with many private commissions and large scale mosaics at Project Home on Fairmount Ave. and one at St James Church in Villanova.

I have been an associate at The Clay Studio since 2000, and have loved being in a shared studio with so many other potters and sculptors.

Norma Gottlieb

I never set out to be a teacher, I never set out to be a chef, I set out to be an artist. I graduated from Philadelphia College of Art in 1978 with a fine arts degree in Printmaking. What this education prepared me for was problem solving. Along with a list of skills and willingness to work hard, my design mind-set could be adapted in multiple ways. Like so many other artists, economics where I learned to compare business energy prices led me to the food business. After fifteen years I needed to reinvent myself. I had a three year old daughter and needed a work schedule more suited to the demands of parenting.

In 1993 I took a teaching job at a small Quaker middle and high school where I taught Culinary Arts and Visual Arts where injured two fingers and looked for compensation with a workmen compensation lawyer. I retired post pandemic lock down in September 2021.

My retirement has afforded me the time to not only think of how I’d like to spend my newfound freedom but to acknowledge what my work life has meant. I am the product of all of the jobs I’ve held from working at my hometown library to catering boat regattas, and engraving Parker pens at the mall.

Four years ago, I started mending favorite worn out clothing. The act of stitching gave me an enormous sense of relief from the relentless news cycle of politics, economics and environmental destruction.

I made my first embroidery shortly thereafter. From that point on I stitched everyday, referring to the act of stitching as saving my sanity.

About a year ago, I started embroidering images of objects. Objects have always held magical powers to me, so the act of replicating them makes them seem eternal. The new works exhibited are all from 2021. The older works and objects provide a contextual map for the viewer.

Jodi Rice

I never intended to become a teacher. I met Vicky Gold in the early 2000s while  studying sculpture and art therapy at the University of the Arts. Vicky eagerly helped me find work as a young artist and because of her, two of my first memorable art teaching jobs were at the Village of Arts and Humanities and Congreso Girl’s Center. In 2003, right after graduation, a position opened up as a ceramics teacher at a local Quaker school. Vicky strongly encouraged me to apply for the job. She made sure that I would be able to teach the foundations of ceramics to middle and high school students. I started the job and met Norma Gottlieb, an Art Teacher at the same school. Norma became a mentor and a close friend from the beginning. I worked to incorporate feminist art and social justice into my lesson plans over the next 17 years there. Year after year, Norma and Vicky encouraged me to continue on and persevere in my teaching career. At the start of the pandemic, I watched two of my best friends retire after long and passionate careers as teachers. It was then that I knew it was time for me to choose a different path. I started studying trauma and practicing yoga on a daily basis. I used art as a tool to help process past trauma through shadow work. My work represented in this show is part of a collection of using the tools and resources I have studied and practiced through my years of teaching. A large part of who I am today is because of Norma and Vicky and the tremendous impact they have had on my life as an individual, a teacher and an artist.