Dartmouth, MA--Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, Karen Zaharee studied textile design at the University of Michigan and, after transferring to Rhode Island School of Design, received her BFA with a concentration in Textiles. Throughout her childhood and during her high school years, she explored various forms of media including drawing, painting, watercolors, metals and jewelry making, wood working, and sewing. She continues to explore clay as a medium at various educational and community centers including Mudflat Studio, Boston University, UMass Dartmouth, Boston and Cambridge Adult Education Centers and Steelyard. Her work references a variety of patterning and forms found in flora, marine life, nature and man-made spatial structures. Her hand built classic forms often have a sense of fragmented timeworn objects. She is fascinated with textures and patterns and her work intentionally invites the viewer to touch the surfaces.