Holly Hawthorn found the ceramic studio in the basement of a now long obliterated old converted house on the campus of the University of Bridgeport in the 1970’s She spent the next four years there and still has the dust of that encounter under her finger nails and in her soul. The magic and mystery of creating art sent her to the New School in NYC, The Athens Center, Greece, University of Urbino, Italy, Cambridge and MECA, Maine. The inspiration for her current work is derived from the vast collection of shells, stones and beach rake items gleaned from the shores of Maine to Ireland. The seashell is a timeless symbol that for her evokes the playfulness of time spent at the beach and the wonder of nature. These illustrative and playful works are meant to conjure a smile and a memory in the viewer. As an eclectic artist she produces monotype and dry point prints that focus on water themes.