April Felipe was born in Queens, New York. She received her B.F.A from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her M.F.A in Ceramics from Ohio University. April worked at Greenwich House Pottery, taught at Ohio State University and Ohio University. In 2017 she was named one of Ceramic Monthly’s Emerging Artists and began a ceramic jewelry line babyGrapes Designs that are carried in galleries throughout the United States. She has participated in residencies at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and The Archie Bray Foundation. April is a Co- Founder of The Color Network.org. She has set down roots in Albany, Ohio with a home studio. Currently She is Teaching at Ohio University.
As most of us have been behind a screen this year, I am drawn to the idea of adornment, how we decorate ourselves within this limited space of the screen. I enjoy imaging how the work can transform the wearer. Jewelry allows me to experience the anticipation of the relationship between the work and the user. With jewelry I can move through patterns and colors more freely, it has created an opportunity for me to explore outside of my ceramic sculptural process, working within two crafts shifts your perspective, opening new avenues to explore.