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Betty Kupke Wagner                 Porcelain Jewelry w/Accents of glass & metal

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Artist Statement
I find myself drawn to clay as an art medium for its tactile qualities and as an excellent means of expressing my love of nature, design, and color.  My foremost guiding philosophy in working with clay (which comes from the earth) is that it is alive.  The more spontaneously it is handled the more effective the piece.  For twenty years I formed hand-built aesthetic and organic vessels and jewelry of porcelain. Each piece is one of a kind.  I now make mostly porcelain jewelry w/accents of glass and metal, a method of my own.

B.S. in Elementary Education, Valparaiso University
B.S.F.A., Valparaiso University 
Field Museum "Art of Ancient Chinese Glazing"
Art Gallery, St. Joe, Michigan
Various workshops
Domonstrations and lectures 

Gallery Representation
Chesterton Art Gallery, Chesterton, IN
Artists Den Gallery, Valparaiso, IN
The Genuine Article, Wheaton, IL

Selected ExhibitionsValparaiso University
Valparaiso University School of Law
Chesterton Art Gallery, Chesterton, IN
Collectable Art, Inc., Chicago, IL Shows:  
       Vickers Theater, Three Oaks, MI
       Cornerstone Gallery, Whiting, IN
       Southern Shores Gallery, Michigan City, IN 
The Blank Gallery, Michigan City, IN

Vogt Visual Arts Center, Tinley Park, IL  

Selected Grants / Offices
Indiana Arts Commission Grant, 1987
Secretary, 18 Artists Gallery, Chesterton, IN
Board, Chesterton Art Gallery, Chesterton, IN
President, (through 2011)

Board Member,