Artist Statement

“What does Light talk about? I asked a plant that once.
It said, ‘I am not sure, but it makes me grow’"
– Thomas Aquinas, 1225 – 1274

…Oak trees know. Their roots graft into one flesh so they may share mutual sustenance, benefiting the community as a whole. When one tree is in need, the healthy ones direct their energy in support. This light-giving flow has enabled all life to thrive for eons.

Inherent potential realized moves everything, even light itself.
It certainly moves me.

My work is a response to this light –

Ideas start as “seeds” and may grow in number and scale. On the move, my interdependent forms and projects dance, fly and reflect in a continuous heliotropic adventure, energized with every opportunity.


Marguerita Hagan is a ceramic sculptor based in Philadelphia.
She is an advocate for the thriving of all life in mutually sustainable community and environments. The concept of interdependence plays throughout her sculpture, as well as her teaching and community arts. La Mer, from her current Wildlife work shines light on the unseen life of the sea and the single cell organisms that are the basis of the ecosystem providing over half of our planet’s oxygen. Hagan has exhibited nationally and internationally throughout her career. She received her BFA in Ceramics from James Madison University and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Spiral Colony: handbuilt ceramic
Diatom Odontella Aurita: Spiral Colony: handbuilt ceramic