Judith Eloise Hooper has always been an artist. Her mother had studied opera and it was very important to her that her children have an appreciation for the arts, which worked out well since they all had an aptitude and a desire to create. So Judith best describes herself by saying she is an artist who just likes making things.

Art for Judith is her journey beginning at Pratt Institute studying Fashion design. She worked for several years in the fashion design industry as a fashion illustrator working for 7th Avenue Designer Kathy Hardwick, The May Company, and children’s fashion magazines. since Judith’s illustrations always told a story this led to illustrating children’s books after taking a class and working off the books as a teacher aide at SVA.

Always making gifts for her family and friends led to the next stop on her artist journey designing for tabletop. Judith had made a napkin ring in the shape of a Japanese No mask for a friend and thought it was a marketable idea and a year later with a collection of six “functional art” pieces realized she was making a living from her idea. Her napkin rings appeared in several magazines including Vogue Magazine and Modern Bride and in 1990 Judith was one of the Sunday NY Times featured artist in their StyleMaker’s column. This led to Judith being featured in an Essence Magazine article on women who work out of their homes in 1992.

But Judith knew there was more to what she wanted to do in terms of challenging herself as an artist and in 2004 found her way to the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists (BWAC) in Red Hook and began creating her ceramic landscapes. But the art of craft was still a part of her creating and she began showing with NYCreates and in a year was their manager, first on the pier in Red Hook in collaboration with BWAC and after about four years at BWAC began to manage their gallery.

Judith likes being in a position to help create opportunity for other artist and at BWAC is one of the chairs for their Art In Clay shows within a show for a second year in a row. She continues to exhibit at BWAC and sell her functional art during the Park Slope Windsor Terrace open studio tours and at various crafts shows.

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