Cape Cod Ceramics Workshop 2013

Cape Cod BuildingHollace at Workshop
Hollace with WorkCeramic Closeup

Hollace spent the week of July 15-19, 2013 studying pottery at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill in Cape Cod. In this pristine seaside location, she took a workshop under Adero Willard, who is a studio potter and instructor of ceramics at Holyoke Community College. In this workshop, Hollace was exposed to learning how to create intricate surfaces by combining and layering color and pattern using resists, sgraffito, and mishima. She created several pieces, including the teapot pictured above.

Painting Created for STAY-FOCUSED Scuba Organization

Diver Artwork

In the fall of 2012, Hollace created the above painting, entitled “Stay Focused,” for the STAYFOCUSED charitable organization. STAY-FOCUSED offers a unique, transformational learning experience to teens and young adults with spinal cord disabilities. Through a SCUBA certification program, participants gain confidence, develop leadership skills, and become more independent. As the “great equalizer,” these young people are on equal turf with their nondisabled peers when in the water diving. STAY-FOCUSED is also committed to supporting medical research that explores the beneficial aspects of diving on persons with mobility challenges.

Hollace was inspired by this program, and created her painting to support this organization, donating 100 prints to be sold by STAY-FOCUSED to further the organization’s important goals.

Hollace Accepts Offer to Attend Pennsylvania State University Schreyer’s Honor College

Hollace at Penn State SignHollace at Penn State

Hollace is pleased to have accepted the invitation to begin her undergraduate studies in the fall of 2012 at the Pennsylvania State University where she will be enrolled in the Schreyer’s Honor’s College. As a result of her Schreyer’s Scholar status, Hollace was fortunate to be awarded an
academic scholarship applicable to her anticipated four year program. She was additionally awarded the Simeon and Elizabeth Gallu Scholarship, having been selected by the Penn State School of Visual Arts Scholarship Committee on the basis of her art portfolio.

Hollace intends to double major in the disciplines of fine arts (ceramics emphasis) and Communications.

Dress Created from Betsey Johnson Designer Bags

Betsey Johnson Dress

Hollace created a “found object” fashion entirely from Betsey Johnson designer bags. She utilized the bright pink shopping bags, silk black ribbon handles, and floral tissue paper to construct her dress. The skirt was woven on a loom, after hand shredding the bags. This creation took over 100 hours to complete!

When Betsey Johnson herself viewed photos of Hollace’s dress, she posted pictures on her website, referencing Hollace as a “true blue Betsey Gal.” In a matter of hours, viewers around the world had posted comments about Hollace’s creation.

NCECA National Ceramics Award Winner

Hollace’s wood-fired carved bottle set with accompanying carved wooden base was accepted into the juried National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) exhibition held in Seattle, Washington in March, 2012.

At the exhibition, Hollace’s work won multiple national awards including a Merit award, the Curator’s Choice Award, and the Emily C. Specchio Foundation Scholarship Award.


In 2012, Hollace was honored to be awarded the national Emily C. Speechio Foundation $1000 scholarship award on the basis of her philanthropic work in the arts, and to recognize outstanding artistic talent and potential.

Emily C. Specchio was a young woman born in 1984, who graduated from Virginia Tech on May 13, 2006. Just two days later, unexpectedly and tragically, Emily died from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. Emily’s parents created a foundation in her honor to recognize young people who embody Emily’s zest for life, and her dedication to serving others.

Hollace was especially humbled by this recognition.

Lancaster County Young Arts Competition 2012

Hollace with Work

Hollace was thrilled to win 21 awards at the 2012 Lancaster Young Arts Competition for her work submitted in ceramics, drawing, sculpture, and design. She was awarded 9 gold medals, 4 silver medals, 3 exhibition awards, an Excellence Award, the Most in Show Award, the Lancaster Craft Best Body of Work Award, and the Red Raven Senior Portfolio Scholarship Award.