I am a wife and mother of three daughters.

A self-taught artist, I dabble in almost every medium, but especially love knitting, calligraphy, watercolors, and collage.

I studied elementary education and early childhood development, receiving a BA with a focus on arts and childhood education and minor in interpersonal communications. child advocacy is my passion. I love being a facilitator of art for young children and seeing them experience and explore art for the first or 1,001st time is very special.

I focus on the process of making artwork with children over the execution of a set project to allow them to learn, experiment, and explore; facilitating their own expression while giving range to their curiosity and autonomy over their artistic vision.



Cathy Tapia was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She studied ceramics at Northeastern Illinois University, focusing on hand-built stoneware and raku sculpture. After graduating from college she studies at Lill Street Studios in Chicago. she took many years off to raise her family, and was reintroduced to ceramics by Marie Remington in her adult classes at Buchanan High School.

She now creates her work at the Buchanan Art Center. her current work reflects an interest in making impressions on the clay surface to reflect nature or to create intricate patterns on functional forms.

Cathy has won several awards for her work at the annual Student-Faculty Exhibition at the South Bend Museum of Art. She had a solo show, Clay Impressions, in 200 at the Buchanan Art Center and has also exhibited her work in the juried show Underneath It All at St. Mary’s college in 2005. She has been a yearly participant in the Buchanan Empty Bowls project since 2001. Cathy’s work is available at many local art and craft shows  throughout the year and year round at the Buchanan Art Center and Lemon Creek Winery.

At the Buchanan Art Center, she teaches children’s and adult pottery classes. She has taught Special Education classes for the Buchanan Community Schools for 25 years.

Kathy Tapia in the pottery studio with a tray of in progress pottery.

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