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cynthia guajardo about me

Nitty Gritty: I have been drawing ever since I could hold a crayon in my hand as a little girl. In 6th grade I was one of 2 students selected from my school to spend a weekend drawing, writing and getting to know other creative people my age at an art retreat at Milford, CT – also known as Sleepy Hollow (this was a big deal for me). I continued to take art classes in high school, but somehow got side tracked in college and thought I wanted to study business administration – ughh. It wasn’t until I took a random drawing class to fulfill an art requirement that I realized that I had made a serious mistake in choosing a major. In the meantime, I dropped out of school, started working as a flight attendant, married my high school sweetheart and became a mother. College and art was pushed to the back burner. After the events of 9-11, I took a leave of absence from my job at United Airlines and returned to school at age 35 to finish my degree – only this time, I marked down art as my intended major. I like to tell people that I’m a late bloomer.

Trivia: My proper name is Cynthia, but most of my friends and family call me Cindy. I tried to be a Cynthia for awhile, worried about the stigma of being forever tied to the TV character Cindy Brady. I’m over that now and I answer to both. I was in Cynthia mode when I reserved this domain name several years ago. Plus, I have a crush on a few other famous Cindy’s (various spellings): Cyndi Lauper, Cindy Sherman, and Cindy Lou Who to name a few….

Short Resume: I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics from the University of Southern Maine and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver. I have worked as a food server, a sales clerk, a flight attendant, a slide librarian, a children’s art instructor, a substitute teacher, a research assistant and a landscape designer in my life time – but nothing gives me greater pleasure than exploring art media and being creative.

Mediums: My primary medium is clay, however, this year I am exploring how various creative expressions such as print making, painting, drawing, textiles and more can dialogue with and inform my dimensional clay work and vice versa. My intention is to develop a looser more painterly style and this blog is going to serve as documentation.

My other website is ceramicsapes and I sell work on Etsy.

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