Shelly Wattenbarger lives in Los Angeles, CA and creates animated films, ceramic sculptures and occasional performances under the pen name Trixy Sweetvittles. As an Instructor of Cinema Practice at the University of Southern California’s John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts, she teaches animation production classes and runs a directed studies course focusing on bringing animation education to kids in the local community. Her seventeen years of experience teaching animation to K-12 students includes serving as the animation department chair for the California State Summer School for the Arts and working as lead site instructor for the California Institute of the Arts Community Arts Partnership program. As an animator and animation director for Nickelodeon’s “Blue’s Clues”, she worked on over forty episodes. Shelly holds a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in painting and ceramics from the University of Texas Austin and a MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts.
Screenings of her animated films include festivals such as the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Holland Animation Festival and the SXSW film festival. Her one-woman puppet show “Pudinella Parsnip” was showcased in the 1998 Jim Henson International Puppetry Festival.
Her current projects incorporate digital animation, ceramic sculptures and installation. The animations are created by photographing ceramic sculptures in multiple positions and using 2d digital software to create a replacement style stop motion animation. She is working on creating environments that may remind the viewer of being a child and looking at a freaky yet magical animatronic diorama.