Italian-born ceramic artist Siglinda Scarpa has known hardship before. After working and teaching in Rome for twenty-five years, she ran afoul of the Mafia and had her studio destroyed. Invited to come to New York, she found the city lacking in a sense of community. Relocating to Chatham County, Scarpa found the sense of community so necessary for her work. After fire destroyed her studio and creations on February 5, 2001, it is this community closeness that is helping her to rebuild her life.