Every 1 - 2021

NBO Members Exhibition

Heather Hietala


The vessel form is created of steel wire using cold connections. Layer upon layer of gut creates the surface or skin. This is part of a series of small vessels explore different ways of using gut as a skin and also as a linear element. The translucency of the material creates a unique sense of form, strong and yet incredibly light.

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H: 2.5" | W: 7" | D: 1.75"
Heather Hietala
Asheville NC
The vessel in all its many forms is my muse. Seedpods, canoes, paddles, sailboats, dinghies, weaving shuttles, and kayaks are part of my personal history. I use the boat or vessel as a symbol for life's journey and as a metaphor for the self. It is a metaphor of interior and exterior, of protection and containment, of transport and journey, of function and as a tool like a boat or tatting shuttle or a seedpod full of seeds with the ability to create. They are both universal and personal. I use a wide variety of materials and techniques to create layers and textures to express the patinations built up by living.
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