Hillary Dragon is an Upper Peninsula raised ceramic artist currently living in the charming neighborhood of Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids with her husband and rescue dog, Rio. She studied ceramics at Michigan State University with a future plan to implement art positively into the lives of others. The allure of clay for her lies in the tactile gratification it affords and the human connection a handmade piece provides between the user and creator. She is a lover of adventure, an average mountain biker, and an aspiring plant lady. Her future dream includes owning her own studio and gallery space where she can teach, host other artists, and be surrounded by creative individuals. She currently works out of the Grand Rapids Pottery community studio.
With my work, I strive for the simplicity and shape of a piece to draw in the viewer. I work primarily in white stoneware or porcelain clay bodies paired with a neutral color palette; although I do experiment often with all different clays and glazes. The aesthetic I am drawn to is an understated beauty. I believe the joy in using a handmade object is discovering little surprises that may have happened purposely from the artist’s touch or the unpredicted changes from the kiln firing process. The practice of making is where I feel the magic; the act of being in the studio and committing your time with a piece from start to finish creates a deep appreciation for a finished product. I hope others can feel the sense of care I take when interacting with my work.