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Deborah Hager was born in a small suburb outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She had a strong interest in art as a child. She could often be found making coffee, peanut butter mixtures in the kitchen, and Barbie swimming pools made of mud outside.
After high school she attended the Pittsburgh Art Institute and Indiana University of Pennsylvania; her emphasis at that time was drawing and painting. Recently Deborah has gone back to school to complete her B.F.A. with an emphasis in ceramics at Colorado State University, Pueblo, where she graduated with high honors in May of 2011.
Deborah started her career as a potter at Van Briggle Pottery making original thrown pots. She worked at Van Briggle until 2008. When her personal work became increasingly demanding, she ended her employment to concentrate on her own business, Clay by Nature Pottery, which she has owned and operated since 1999.
Her objective is to make functional pottery with a decorative flair. Her goal is to inspire the user to celebrate the sacred in everyday life.
Currently Deborah has added Sgraffito wood fired carved pottery to her decorative line of art. The Sgraffito work is a return to her roots in drawing. All drawings are originally created by her and are taken from objects in nature. Her carved designs are inspired by the Native American Prairie Style, which was created in the late 1800's by the Native Americans. This style integrates the floral designs of the Europeans while maintaining traditional Native American geometric designs. For Deborah the juxtaposition of the organic verses geometric designs parallel the reality of life, where spontaneity resides with order and structure.
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