"The inspiration for me becoming an artist was planted by my mother. I can remember as a child drawing from photographs and comic books, and my mother being so proud of my ‘artwork’. Her encouragement and faith in me made me want to aspire to become an artist. As I grew up, I made several attempts in the business world, but knew there was something missing. I made a life changing decision and enrolled in Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing arts. At the time I had no idea of how I would pay my tuition or expenses. I found that through faith, prayers, perseverance, my mother, my friends, and my teachers, and hard work, dreams come true."
Juliet Bacchas was a child of the Jamaican countryside, and set her sights high and made it through four years of college. In her second year she was honored to receive a bronze medal form the Jamaican Cultural Development Commission(JCDC). In 2000, Juliet received a silver medal, again from the JCDC. She also received the William Aiken Cash Award in her final year, which helped pay tuition. At graduation she was the first recipient of the Cecil Baugh award of Excellence. She said, "It was an honor to have my medal placed around my neck personally from the Master Potter of Jamaica himself……Cecil Baugh. I will cherish this honor always".
Juliet's career began as a high school teacher and part time potter. In reading she found a profound thought, ‘what you focus on determines what you miss’. After realizing that, her heart longed to create in clay full time, and was met with a new crossroad in my life. her mother, who had moved to the United States became handicapped and needed her help. She made the decision to move to a new life in a different country to care for her. Through her mother’s illness, she began a different path, but a path that would fulfill her dreams. She met Linda Spelko, who has become my friend, sister, and business partner. Their shared love of clay and determination was the reason to begin Juliet Rose Gallery and Studio. She now works and lives in Monson, MA with Linda and her family on a beautiful farm. See more about Juliet at www.julietrosepottery.com
Belinda Lyons Zucker
"Jane" one of the fiber figures by Belinda Lyons Zucker
BELINDA LYONS ZUCKER
FLY AWAY HOME: An Exhibit Of Dolls And Figures From Black Folklore
Two squares from the "Ladies Moral Compass Quilt" sewn in 2017 by community members in and around Charlemont, MA