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Sculptor believes anyone can appreciate her work

By CLAIRE GALVIN

Chronicle Staff Writer

WILLINGTON — For Willington artist Jessica Regele, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

She has a down-to-earth perspective on her art, believing even a novice can appreciate her clay sculptures.

“Untrained people should be able to view it and enjoy it just as much as someone who is trained or schooled in art,” Regele said. “If I can convey something to you, then I think I made a successful piece.”

Regele has worked out of The Mill Works in Willington for about six years, but has been an artist for approximately 20 years.

She earned her associate degree in fine arts from Manchester Community College.

Regele considers herself a sculptor, not a potter.

Besides ceramics, she likes to play around with jewelry-making, painting, photography, fiber arts and more.

Her pieces are sometimes created based on her emotions or events in life.

For example, she has a sculpture of a woman without arms. She created that after a car accident caused a dislocation to her shoulder and limited use of her arms.

“After that accident, it made me really aware that you’re pretty much helpless if you have no arms. So, I made that piece,” Regele said. “Some people make art to sell. I make art for my own self.”

Some of her favorite pieces are mugs that have a graveyard theme, a green gargoyle or “whatever she’s currently looking at.”

“These are all my kids,” Regele said. “I can tell you every single thing about a piece.”

The Mill Works, located at 156 River Road, is having an open studio session on March 4 from noon to 5 p.m. Regele’s studio will be open for viewing and some of her art will be for sale.

Regele can be contacted through her Facebook page, “Jessica Regele, Artist.”

 

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