But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Tonya Hedgeman, who is primarily self-taught with a foundation received from a community art center, has worked with clay since 2003 and is a hand-builder. Her journey into the world of clay was enveloped in a personal story fueled by a need to take a stand for self loyalty. She attributes her talent as being a gift from God. Each of Tonya’s pieces is created intuitively and her work reflects things that she has read, seen in nature, internal impressions and experiences. Tonya applies the decorative texturing by hand with individual strokes using found objects or tools that she has made. Tonya states “It is my desire that the beholder of my work is touched in a way that is personally and uniquely special”.
Originally from Savannah, she currently resides in Woodstock, Georgia with her husband and three sons.
“The ability to create art has been for me an unexpected gift. I was one of those people who felt that I did not have any talent. Now, I have come to believe that desire, mixed with instruction, can open many windows.
I began painting late in life. The first time I picked up a paint brush was for a one day class at a local craft store in 1999. Thus began my artistic journey.
Shortly after my first painting class, I began to pursue another desire which was to work with clay. I can remember taking a class with my grandmother when I was a child and making a figurine from a mold. Maybe that was the spark for my desire and now love for working with clay.”
I would like to thank those who have purchased my work and have invested in me. I appreciate and am humbled by your support.