Since moving to the Olympic Peninsula in 2006, I have been profoundly influenced by the rich community of artists and individuals and by the natural beauty that surrounds me. The textures, designs, and earth tones that have evolved as the focus of my work are reflections of “finding my way home.” CE

Cindy Elstrom is a ceramic artist whose work can be found at Harbor Art Gallery in Port Angeles, WA, Gallery 9 in Port Townsend, WA, and Millstream Gallery in Winslow, WA.   She participates in various juried shows on the Olympic Peninsula including the Juan de Fuca Festival and Arts in Action. Also, Cindy teaches pottery classes (Community Education) at Peninsula College in Port Angeles. Cindy has been a full-time artist since 2006, although she has done ceramics for the past 25 years. Much of her ceramic work begins on the wheel before being altered or otherwise embellished. Cindy often embraces the functional with her work, believing that beauty and form are wonderful partners that should be a part of everyday life. Her sculptural work draws inspiration from her experiences and interest in human emotion and behavior.

While ceramics is her preferred medium, she also works with textiles, hand dyeing fabric and creating wearable art such as purses and jackets, recycling silks into scarves. She collaborates with other artists using a variety of mediums. While art has been a passion throughout Cindy’s life, she spent the first 25 years of her career as an educator and social worker in the Chicago area.

Working with children and youth taught her many things, including the importance of play and experimentation as a part of the creative process.