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Lia Lynn Rosen

Lia Lynn Rosen Lia Lynn Rosen began her career as a potter after high school in Madison, Wisconsin, where she was a student of the late Don Hunt. He introduced her to Dean Schwarz's South Bear School of Pottery, in Northeast Iowa, near the Mississippi River Valley. Lia's five-year apprenticeship in Bauhaus methods of European craftsmanship honed her skills of throwing on the classic wooden kickwheel, characteristic of that tradition. Dean also introduced her diverse world arts traditions, including the ancient painted pottery of the Mimbres people of SW New Mexico.

In Minneapolis, Lia's functional thrown work soon evolved to an integration of fine craft and a celebration of Jewish life, and she founded "Yetzirah Pottery" in 1980, working in partnership with calligrapher Peggy H. Davis on fine decoration and evolving Jewish women's ceremony and inclusion. This work continues, now in its third decade, as Clay Kodesh Arts and Learning.

Lia established the now-flourishing community-based arts pottery program of Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis, which she lead from 1975-1986.

A fascination with the Southwest and its long and deep history of pueblo clay arts drew her to enroll at UNM for study with Dr. J.J. Brody, Southwestern arts and pottery expert. Through these studies, she renewed her work as an artist, and learned to respect the richness of archaeological traditions across the greater Southwest.

A decade later, she moved to New York's Teachers College, Columbia University for the MA in Art and Art Education, thus establishing a foundation for her teaching of youth through adults. She now works as a "Clay and Culture" consultant for schools, museum, and community centers throughout the Southwest and Mountain States region.