Eileen Sackman is a ceramic artist who currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. In 2010 she received her MFA in Ceramics from the State University of New Paltz. Eileen began a serious study of ceramics and sculpture in 2001. Her passion for creating and working in the ceramic medium is met by her devotion to teaching through workshops, community art centers, and in the university and college settings.
Prior to receiving her MFA, Eileen studied Sculpture and Ceramics at Adelphi University and was awarded a MA in Studio Art in 2008.
Interview with the artist in May 2020 during Covid-19
BAU: What are you working on during the Quarantine?
E.S: I've been continuing to work on a series of forms that have low reliefs carved on them.
The reliefs are of endangered or threatened animals.
BAU: How are you firing your ceramics during the quarantine?
E.S: I usually fire my work in a wood kiln with a group of ceramic artists in PA.
The summer firing has been canceled so all the work I am making now will have to wait until November to be fired.
BAU: What inspires you or brings you joy?
E.S: I have always loved animals and I find the research I do when creating an animal portrait always makes me smile.
BAU.: Artists visually write history and create responses to everything happening in the world and our lives.
What is a memorable image you have seen?
E.S: There are so many memorable pieces I have seen it is hard to pick just one so here are the top 3.
1. Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights
2. Francisco Goya's The Third of May 1808
3.Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Ecstacy of St. Theresa
BAU: What’s the best part of your job and what’s the worst part of your job?
E.S: The best part about being a ceramic artist is that I can create something that people can use every morning, like a mug.
I can help bring happiness to someone everyday in an intimate way and they never even have to meet me.
The worst part is sometimes thing crack or blow up.
BAU: What music are you listening to?
E.S: Radiohead- I can listen to them over and over and still love them just as much! I have also been listening to a few podcasts Armchair Experts,
True Crime Garage, and Risk.
BAU: Who is your favorite artist and why?
E.S: Hieronymus Bosch is my all time favorite artist but I also love the ceramic artist Chris Gustin and Grayson Perry.