Out of a small studio in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, Heather McQueen transforms humble earthenware clay into durable ceramic objects. She is known for musical ceramic drums, and also for expertise in Raku firing technique. Her full range of work includes functional pieces and large-scale decorative vessels, all in “low-fire” clay.
Heather’s claywork has been published (“From Mud to Music”, “500 Raku”) and featured in a nationally televised promo (US Cellular, 2010). She has exhibited in group shows and art fairs, and delivered a wide variety of programming at art centers, museums, colleges and schools. With a reputation as an engaging and fun facilitator, Heather enjoys the possibilities of teaching and sharing her creativity.
As a musician Heather has performed flute and percussion, composed for ensembles in the USA and UK, and organized study programs for music in Morocco. Her drums are played by well-known artists especially of Middle Eastern & North African styles, where ceramic instruments enjoy a longstanding tradition.
An avid wanderer, Heather travels whenever possible, to explore caves, walk in a forest, climb a mountain or visit friends, actively seeking experiences with a sketchbook at hand.