Born November 26, 1947, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In any situation where some sort of decoration is desirable - fabrics, carpets, baskets, utensils, weapons, wall coverings - patterns are inevitably used. It is not surprising that similar patterns are apparent in widely diverse and separated cultures and sites, this is not accidental, but the result of basic geometric considerations.
Helen Weisz's ceramic pieces are made from low fired colored clays. The colored clay and tiles are made by hand, textured, shaped and then fired. Using earth pigments, images and patterns she incorporates references to architecture and, at times, views of aerial landscape in her work. Because of the slightly raised surfaces of her tiles, the work is considered bas relief. The quiet quality of each piece creates a warm matte surface. Educated at the Philadelphia College of Art and Tyler School of Art, she is presently the Chairperson of the Ceramics Department at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Weisz has exhibited her work at many prestigious craft venues, including the Delaware Art Museum, the Port of History Museum in Philadelphia, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in Texas, and the Faenza International Ceramics Museum in Italy. She has earned several prestigious prizes and awards, including Best Tile Award at the 10th Annual San Angelo Ceramic Competition in 1995.