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February Artist of the Month -Samantha Decker-Hoppen

Samantha Decker-Hoppen moved to Lake Placid from Islamorada Florida, where she helped to create Morada Way Clay, a communal clay gallery and studio.  Currently working in stoneware and porcelain she creates functional tableware and sculpture.  Having studied ceramics and painting at New Mexico State University and Santa Fe Clay she opened Turtle Rock Studio in 2002 and has sold thru various juried art shows and galleries in Northern New Mexico and Florida.  Currently represented by Koerten’s Fine Gifts in her hometown of Stevens Point WI; Morada Way Clay in Islamorada Florida; Blue Mangrove Gallery in Marco Island; Florida CraftArt in St. Petersberg and Caladium Arts and Craft Cooperative in Lake Placid  Florida.    You can connect with her online at​

Artist statement:​“During my first career as a social worker I experienced over and over how art connected, healed and renewed the human spirit.  These experiences have formulated my mission as an artist, to celebrate how joyful life can be and what a privilege it is to be alive. Throughout my life I have pursued artistic development thru training and practice.​

I make art that savors the moment.  I decorate with images of my surroundings and symbols that inspire me.  While I am influenced by the cultures of my life’s journey, each piece is conceptualized and created by me.  I create molds for pressing and slip casting and draw all designs by hand.  Each piece is handcrafted and designed to be a sacred vessel.  I named my work space, Turtle Rock Studio, to purposely slow down enough to avoid the pit falls of our fast paced society.  It is my honor to share this turtle energy, slow and steady, smelling the flowers and winning the race. “​

Samantha Decker-Hoppen             Turtle Rock Studio


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