Stephanie Osser ~ Artist Statement
Stephanie Osser is a visual artist exploring the intersection of illustration and ceramic art. Her innovative 3D Illustrations in clay and porcelain express life’s many joys. Stephanie’s work is inspired by her love of children, opera, operetta, and jazz. She also gains momentum from singing in Boston-based classical choruses and a swing band.
Stephanie Osser began her career as the staff exhibit illustrator for the New England Aquarium. Later, she did editorial illustrations for the New York Times Magazine food page, non-fiction books for children, and cookbooks for Simon & Schuster, Random House, Harper Collins, Knopf Publishers, and many others.
After 25 years as an illustrator, Stephanie rediscovered her passion for hand building in clay during a class at the Ceramics Studio of the Office for the Arts at Harvard University. She explored how she could apply her illustration skills to traditional ceramic techniques. She has never looked back.
Stephanie creates one-of-a-kind pieces. She started with sculptures and evolved to produce architectural ceramics, porcelain stage designs, unique dinnerware for children, and most recently lithophanes. Illustrations are printed on the surfaces. Plaster mold castings are used for multiple and repurposing designs.
Her work may be found in the permanent collections of The Statue of Liberty National Park Ellis Island Museum, New York; The international Museum of Dinnerware Design, Ann Arbor, Michigan; The Kecskemét Ceramic Museum Collection, Hungary; The Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA; and the Needham Historical Society, Needham, MA. She has been represented in 33 competitive exhibitions across the US and published in several Lark catalogs of exceptional ceramics.
Stephanie also enjoyed six years of experience as a teacher of ceramics. Business, engineering, and liberal arts students from Babson, Olin, and Wellesley colleges worked with her in the shared ceramic studio on the Babson campus that she managed. She gave these ambitious young people an outlet for a passionate pursuit, with individual projects and also grant-funded collaborative tile murals that are still on display at the colleges.
She participated in residencies at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Maine; the International Ceramic Research Center/Guldagergaard, Denmark; the Medalta International Artist Residency, Canada; and the International Ceramic Center/Kecskémet, Hungary.
Stephanie Osser is currently a resident artist at the Ceramic Program Office for the Arts at Harvard University.