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Local Creative Highlight - Rose Bisanz, Ceramist

Alpena, MI - June, 2022

Rose Bisanz is an Alpena area resident with a passion for ceramics and beautiful pottery work.


As a young child, Rose was always interested in art, but living in a small community with limited resources in education, it took entering college to realize the height of that interest. After three years of college, she came back to Alpena and discovered a love for ceramics. Here, she was fortunate to have the chance to work with Laurie Wade and Rhonda Snyder at Alpena Community College, where they taught her the basics and much more when it comes to working with clay.


Throughout the years, Rose has come to enjoy both non-functional and functional forms of clay. Much of her functional art is inspired by her love of food. To Rose, the vessel on which we snack heightens the overall experience. As for non-functional pottery, she enjoys the freedom to create with no real purpose, other than to admire its form, texture, and colors. Much of Rose's work is inspired by the building blocks of nature, such as the cellular structures of trees, bark, and honeycomb, and she pulls from experiences around her farm and from the abundance of beauty in the Alpena area.


"Some people use the many forms of art as a means to escape reality, however, I find ceramics makes me feel more in touch with it. When I can start with raw clay and finish with a functional piece of work, a fresh sense of purpose and being breathes into my life. I become more in touch with the beauty of nature and feel closer to those who enjoy the functionality of, as well as the heart that goes into my work." Rose says.


Rose's current project is actually a full studio remodel! Her work is on hold until she has developed a working space. However, you can find her past work, as well as future updates on Instagram. Follow @rosebisanz_art to see whats happening!


The Sunset Project seeks to elevate every creative in the community regardless of subject or outlet. The ideologies and beliefs found within creative pieces are those of the artists, not necessarily The Sunset Project as an organization.


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