Magpie3x3 is the lifelong dream of Rebekah Hensel. The Frankfort Avenue gallery and studio opened in February, 2018.
The gallery is bejeweled with works from many very talented local ceramic artists, including Suzanne Sidebottom and Wayne Ferguson. The gallery will begin hosting a regular exhibition schedule in January 2019.
The studio offers ceramic instruction. Those interested in trying it out are invited to a clay date where they will experience using the pottery wheel. Further instruction in the whole life-cycle of ceramics, from soft clay to a finished glazed piece is developed in our 6-week classes for adults and children. Kids are invited to an immersive experience in camps which are offered whenever school is out either daily or weekly. Beginners are welcome to all clay dates and camps.
Experienced clay people are invited to join intermediate or advanced classes and to become studio members. Members receive access to the studio and equipment for independent work during our open hours.
Rebekah Hensel, owner
Rebekah began learning ceramics at a very young age. Her mother was an artist and encouraged Rebekah and her siblings in art and craft past-times. Rebekah's early memories include sculpting with a heavily salted bread dough and marveling at her mother's detailed dough wreaths that were made in the autumn. Her interest in sculpting and clay grew. She was gifted with a toy potter's wheel as a child, and still has a one of her own very early pieces of pottery.
Rebekah had developed a fascination with clay that she carried into high school and then on to Indiana University Southeast (IUS) where she was earned a BA in Fine Arts, concentrating in ceramics and art history.
In the years following, Rebekah took up a web design and then computer programming in order to help her ailing parents. In early 2018, she left her 20 year programming career to realize her dream owning and running a studio.