Cindy Biles I have always been interested in art, drawing and sketching throughout my childhood and dabbling in painting during my teens.

In college, I majored in biology with a strong background in anthropology.  After earning a bachelors degree, my husband and I moved to North Carolina where I attended graduate school, in pathology.  Art took a back seat for a long time.

Missing artistic endeavors and wanting to learn a new skill, I enrolled in Ceramics courses at Elon University in Elon, NC. There I discovered clay sculpture, spending countless hours in the studio and loving every minute. I continued to take classes at other institutions, as well as workshops with some of the country’s best ceramic artists. I have been very fortunate in that my work has won awards on the national and international levels and can be found in private collections all over the country.

In addition to creating art in the studio, I am an artist-in-the-schools in North Carolina.  My programs integrate hand building in clay with science, social studies and many other subjects, and meet the state’s Standard Course of Study.  Also, I teach students of all ages and levels of experience at my studio, Out of the Fire, in beautiful, historic Saxapahaw.

In an unexpected twist, I also design and create earrings!  In the last few years, I have developed some allergies and could not wear earrings I had purchased.  After remaking and redesigning earrings I bought, I had a collection of tools and wonderful beads.  I call this my “Necessity if the Mother of Invention” phase and now have about 70 designs.