Do you experience low back and neck pain from hunching over the potter wheel? Have you wondered the ways in which creating at the wheel can affect your own body? In this podcast episode of Wellness for Makers with Stephanie Wilhelm, we discuss the ways in which you can create a practice at the wheel that is sustainable and in alignment with your body.
We were introduced to Stephanie Wilhelm at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts where Stephanie was an Artist in Residence. She is a lifelong artist from Maryland whose study abroad in Mexico founded her love of clay. Stephanie holds a BFA from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Florida. She has been a production potter, spent years in the wood-firing community, has worked at multiple community clay centers and institutions, and has had her work exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally. Currently, Stephanie is a part of the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana as one of their 2019-2020 Long Term Artists in Residence.
Needless to say, Stephanie is not immune to the injuries we can suffer as artists. She has developed tendonitis and carpal tunnel and suffers from neck and hip pain. She shares with us how these injuries have changed the way she makes, whether it be different techniques with the clay or a different kind of wheel and props. Through her teachings, she stresses the importance of working WITH your clay and body, not against them. Stephanie wants to help artists get the most out of their clay without hurting their bodies!
Stephanie’s Website: https://www.stephaniemwilhelm.com
Educational Resources by Stephanie: https://www.stephaniemwilhelm.com/educational-resources.html
Red Lodge Clay Center: https://www.redlodgeclaycenter.com
Stephanie and the Red Lodge Clay Center: https://www.redlodgeclaycenter.com/artist/stephanie-wilhelm/
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: https://www.arrowmont.org
Special thanks to Vacationland Music Company for creating the intro and the outro of the Wellness for Makers Podcast.