“Despite a lack of natural ability, I did have the one element necessary to all early creativity: naïveté, that fabulous quality that keeps you from knowing just how unsuited you are for what you are about to do.” ― Steve Martin, Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life Virginia Ellen began playing with clay in the early 1990’s, with help from a fantastic local potter, Lisa Caruso. She continued practicing, on and off, until she moved to Arizona in 2006, where she enjoyed throwing pots at All the Hands and Desert Dragon Pottery with Kim and Mishy, two wonderful potters. Virginia hopes to recreate the experience of All the Hands and Desert Dragon Pottery in the Lehigh Valley. After returning to Pennsylvania, she finally built her own studio in 2009. In 2011, Virginia and her mother, Mary, and friend Patty Passick began talking about creating an art party business. Mary and Virginia formed a legal partnership and Patty helped design the logo. With the start of Artists At Heart, Virginia began selling her pottery and teaching basic throwing and hand building. You can see what Virginia is working on at her blog, ClayNotes.