ABOUT THIS ARTIST
Stephanie Osser, Free Lance illustrator: books; editorial; architectural ceramics; children's dinnerware; shadow puppets
I am a book/editorial illustrator, illustrator in porcelain, stoneware, and polystyrene. I began my career while in graduate school for ceramics at the University of Montana. While there I worked for the Anthropology and Wildlife Departments illustrating research papers. I decided this practical career was for me. The New England Aquarium hired me as their staff. illustrator when I returned to Boston. What followed were collaborators with art directors and designers for non-fiction children’s books, textbooks, and adult trade books with major publishers including cookbooks, gardening books, and editorial work for the New York Times, the N.Y. Daily News and the Boston Globe. One of my specialties is step-by-step instructional illustrations showing hands making food recipes – or making puppets, like the ones in “The Muppets Big Book of Crafts” for Jim Henson Productions. It was fun to work with the artists and crafts people who created those charming Muppet Characters.
Along with working at the drawing board, I rediscovered the ceramic arts and working in 3D. The Ceramics Program at Harvard offered classes and a community of enthusiasts. After relearning techniques, I managed and taught at a ceramic program for Babson, Wellesley and Olin College students. More knowledge/inspiration was attained at residencies: Guldagergaard, Denmark; Keschcemet, Hungary; Watershed in Maine; and Medalta, Canada. Architectural ceramics, in-glaze transfer-ware, lithophanes, and teaching workshops to children and adults followed. Music and singing inspire my work.