A native of Sarasota, Florida Helen Gorsuch received a B.S. Degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and has done graduate work at Pennsylvania State University and East Tennessee State University. She is currently a resident in Altoona Pennsylvania. She describes her anthropomorphic work creations as “colorful, whimsical and fun.”
Her ceramic sculptures have been exhibited in the nationally juried Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College, PA, the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh PA, the Pen and Brush Society of New York City and the Blair County Arts Festival in Altoona PA. Group show exhibitions have included the Triennial Regional Invitation Exhibition exhibitions at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto PA, the Collectors exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh PA and at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art satellites.
Helen is self-taught; she is inspired by nature, religions, mythology, classical pottery, and ancient and folk cultures. Helen designs and hand-builds a limited amount of ceramic sculptures each year. The majority of her sculptures are satirical comments on human behavior, internalized in clay. Her process of Japanese Raku-firing requires her to fire her work several times, each time applying and reapplying glazes to give her ceramics layers of colorful cracked effects. Her work is rich with exquisite detail and special attention is paid to form and expression in each animal.