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Artist Profile: Molly Dreblow, Heritage Christian Academy Alumnus

Nov 23, 2015 10:52PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Ceramics created by Heritage Christian Academy Alumnus Molly Dreblow (Submitted Photo)

Long before Heritage Christian Academy alumnus Molly Dreblow started her journey toward a degree in graphic design, she was drawing worms.

“My earliest memory I can think of is having a little notebook and gel pens that my mom would use to draw with me when I was a little kid. My favorite thing we drew in that book was little worms that each had an individual look and their own names,” she said.

From her notebook and gel pens, Dreblow has moved into a creating and selling porcelain ceramics through her Etsy business “Painted Mollusk” – all before earning her degree from Bethel University in St. Paul.  

“I really enjoy most of the art media as I like variety in my work, but my main medium would be ceramics,” she said. “Within ceramics, my favorite type would be porcelain. I like the way the porcelain feels and how the end product looks. I am really into minimalism and things that look clean.”

Her dream project, she says, is using garbage can kiln and raku clay. A process, she says, where your ceramics are fired in a garbage can filled with hay, newspaper, and wood and burned for at least eight hours.

“I'm not really inspired by events or certain situations, but I am inspired by shapes and the way things look in the world,” Dreblow says. “I love buildings and mountains and interesting landscapes. I love rustic pottery and cities. I'm inspired mostly by the old and the new and the geometry of the world.”

The way “things look in the world” led the former Maple Grove student to a drawing series last year of the landscapes in California – one of her favorite projects.  All three drawings were done in different media.

“On each one, I wrote in lyrics to a song that related to the place,” she said. “They were colorful and bright and each of them had a sense of impressionism somewhere in the drawing.”

Throughout her artistic journey, Dreblow says the best advice she has been given has been from her mom – a fellow artist and Heritage Christian Academy art teacher.

“My mom once told me to never care about what other people think about me….in a way where I can do things or make things that are important to me and to not let people's opinions change what I do, what I create, or how I act,” she said. “My mom taught me to always be me, no matter what anyone else says or does.”

As the Bethel University freshman moves toward her degree, Dreblow hopes to focus package design, character development, or animation.

“At this point, I'm sort of open with what I really want to do, but it definitely is something that would allow me to create things and do what I love,” she said. 

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