Ceramics / Shape Space

Clay as Canvas

There's a drive to shape, accomplish, experiment. Each ceramic piece is entirely handmade and individual, the result of a complex process taking place over weeks and months. First comes the idea, sketching, planning and working it out in the studio. Being handmade imparts variations and traces of the maker. I mix my own glazes, striving for subtle gradations in tone and texture. You'll notice the changes and variations in the surface on each piece. My high-fired stoneware or porcelain pieces are safe for serving food and beverages. A work of art that can be held, used and always enhances life. Enjoy. 


SEASCAPE, stoneware, 4.50 x 5.25 x 5.25 inches.

Painting / Color Insight

Vision and Energy

Openness, curiosity and analysis guide my painting process realized through robust color and expressive surfaces. The work moves from abstraction to representation, from real landscapes to those imagined. A definitive place may become an organized energy of color and brushwork and a nonexistent place may be rendered with utmost clarity. 

FAMILY, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

GULFSCAPE, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

In Brief / Life Story



BA, Mount Holyoke College.  MFA, City University of New York. Studies at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, UK and  Bangkok Museum, Thailand. Taught and exhibited ceramics in New York City, 1970s — solo show 1977.


Career working in NGOs, Government and the UN, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  Later at UN Women, UN Headquarters, New York, dedicated to advancing and empowering women.  Founded Libby Hawk Associates 2010. Stepped down from consulting and UN  work in 2016 to pursue art once more.


Committed to full-time art practice creating  ceramics and paintings. 2021: Exhibit, COLOR & CLAY--DUET; recognized by Halo Arts Project with 2021 Fellowship Award; exhibit WOMXN TOGETHER FOR ART, Mara  Art Studio + Gallery, Sarasota, FL. Teach at Suncoast Technical College. Show at Art Uptown gallery on Main Street, Sarasota and  Mara Gallery; participate in area juried exhibits.   Member, Women Contemporary Artists.


I've learned over these pandemic months what a critical role engaged viewers play. The conversation about the work is essential.  Let's communicate. 


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