Heather Kegel Studios

About

thoughtfully handcrafted for the modern adventurer

 
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I was born and raised near Boulder, Colorado. Starting at a very young age, I spent a great deal of time exploring my home state. Father’s Day was spent hiking; family vacations usually involved short road trips and camping excursions; ski lessons began at the age of four. Some of my most vivid childhood memories involve being outdoors: collecting rolly-polly bugs during the summer; building dams and castles at the Great Sand Dunes while the creek ebbed and flowed; spending countless hours along the shores of Lake Dillon.

My love for the outdoors manifested and grew after graduating from college. I now long for early morning hikes in the summer and perfect bluebird ski days--those days that leave your cheeks sun-burnt and your legs aching.

At the end of the day, at the end of our adventures, we come home. We make a pot of tea, pour a glass of wine, open up the crock-pot, and set the table with goods fresh from our gardens.

But the adventure is never really over. I am continuously inspired by our natural world, and strive to create a lingering sense of discovery through my work. Influenced by colors and patterns found in nature, I create carefully crafted objects for the home, featuring both abstracted and stylized landscapes. My work is meant for everyday use and enjoyment. My hope is that it brings about a sense of calm, not unlike the feeling of a long walk in the woods or a day at the beach.

Why not let the joy of conquering a fourteener last just a little bit longer, when you are home, sipping whiskey from a cup carved with mountains?

 

 
Growing up outdoors in Colorado, I am passionate about protecting public lands. Five percent of all sales from the Adventure Collection will be donated to the Outdoor Alliance. Shop the collection here.
 
 

Heather Kegel graduated in June 2015 with a BFA in studio art from the University of Denver. After graduation, Heather slowly began assembling her own studio, purchasing a wheel and installing a kiln in her parent’s sun-porch. As a regular studio practice emerged, she dedicated more and more time to her craft, continuously scaling back time at side jobs. In October 2017, Heather decided to work full time as a practicing artist. In January 2018, she moved into a new studio space in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to working as potter full time, she helps out two other local ceramic artists. Heather is a member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild, and participates in all Guild shows and sales.

Heather has shown in a number of local and national galleries, including Plinth Gallery, Redline, Muse Gallery, Pottery Northwest, the Firehouse Art Center, Flower City Arts Center, Pirate: Contemporary Art, and Charlie Cummings Gallery.

Heather's creative interests also include printmaking, natural dyeing and eco-printing fabric and fibers, hand-quilting, and painting.