Hanna Traynham knows the value of acceptance. As both a ceramicist and a high school art teacher, she sees beauty in the unplanned, and can enjoy the journey without attachment to the destination. Hanna is passionate about learning, teaching, development and growth. Although not all pieces emerge from the kiln as planned, each unique form invigorates her interest and help to guide her journey as a ceramicist.
Hanna pushes the limits of the material, piercing her wheel thrown forms with careful attention to how the piece may alter under the high heat of the firing. Often her work will slump, acquiring an entirely organic movement that occurs only by nature.
Hanna’s work is a metaphor to life’s unpredictable circumstances. Her fragile forms reveal, with sincere intention, how uncertainties in life most often become something greater than planned.
Hanna has a true passion for sharing her excitement in creating artwork and functional objects with her hands. Through personal engagement with her students, Hanna cultivates each enriching opportunity by providing hands-on experience in hand building and wheel throwing clay. Stirring the imagination while honing hand-eye coordination, students creatively grow through expanding their horizons with clay.
Hanna teaches art in community studios around Seattle and Portland. She also teaches small groups in her casual studio setting in NE Portland, The Clay Compound. Hanna primarily works as a high school Art teacher at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver, WA. She thrives on the diverse range of students’ artistic experience and encourages making meaning through artistic expression.
If you are interested in more details about taking a clay working course with Hanna, please email her with questions. All ages and levels of experience welcome!