Nancy’s curiosity about "who we are" is explored through finding meaning in uncommon symbols and the beauty of the human figure. Recently, Nancy’s project is to narrow her field of vision to black clay and orange underglaze, the human figure and the spike form; exploring these fully in order to isolate the beauty and meaning that each brings to the table. As she works creatively and intuitively, other symbolic forms present themselves to her inviting new explorations. A native Washingtonian, Nancy Bocek began her artistic journey with a bachelor’s degree in art history from Reed College. At work in Palo Alto, California, after graduation, Nancy accelerated her craft as a studio potter with a love for throwing on the wheel and a passion for functional design. Back in the Northwest at last, she expanded her practice at Pottery Northwest with increasingly sculptural pieces, often melding the functional with the ornate utilizing molded elements to create art vessels. Nancy took time away from her practice to raise her family in Seattle. In 2012, she entered Gage Academy of Art and began sculpting in earnest under the instruction and mentorship of sculptors Michael Magrath and Tip Toland. As Atelier monitor she gained valuable experience working with artists and models. Nancy graduated from the Magrath Atelier in June 2019 having completed an extensive set of benchmarks and capped by an independent project. Graduation was followed by a year of mentorship by artists Kimberly Trowbridge, Klara Glosova and Michael Magrath. She now works from her home studio in Seattle’s University District.