We’re asking our Big Artists five quick questions to find out how they feel about mentoring Little Artists.
First up: Ceramicist Jennifer Hill
How long have you been a Big Artist?
This is my first year as a Big Artist.
What is your favorite thing about the program?
I love that I get to work one-on-one with my Little Artist. This has helped us to make a great connection, not only artistically but through our conversations.
What is it about teaching and mentoring that makes you happy?
Through this experience, kids become aware that a life in art can be the norm, rather than the exception.
When you were a kid, did you have a mentor or someone who gave you a push toward art?
Yes. We had a good friend of the family who was a graphic artist and musician. She gave me a calligraphy set and how-to book when I expressed an interest. And knowing that she was actually an artist for a living planted a serious seed.
Where can people find your work?
Galleries: Clayways on Burnet Road; the Asher Gallery at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.