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Betsy Tanzer experiments continuously with clay and glazes, exploring their dimensions and combinations. The result is a body of work that demonstrates her mastery of a broad range of techniques and one that eludes easy categorization. This exhibit presents an extensive range of Ms. Tanzer's work, including high-fired porcelain and stoneware, functional and non-functional pieces, as well as some pit-fired and saggar fired vessels.

Ms. Tanzer studied at Brandeis University and at the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Michigan prior to her graduation from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (with Distinction). Her extensive teaching career has included posts at the Mendocino Art Center, Studio One, and the Adobe Art Center in California; at Sheldon Jackson College in Alaska, South County Art Association in Rhode Island and the Putney Clay School in Vermont. In Connecticut, she has taught at the Farmington Valley Art Center, and for many years at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown.

Ms. Tanzer's work is shown regularly in both regional and national exhibitions and is represented in many private collections. She is the recipient of numrous awards, including the Boit Award from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; the Bowman Award from the Canton Artists Guild; and the lifetime achievement Master Craftsman/Educator designation by the Society of Connecticut Craftsmen. She lives and works in Canton, Connecticut.

Babbidge Library
Gallery on the Plaza
Curator: Jane Recchio