Renee LoPresti

My ceramic art is an exploration of imagery, color, and pattern on utilitarian forms designed for daily use. The vessels are adorned with decorative surfaces; layered slips and underglazes that are hand painted, slip trailed, and incised. I have an affinity for using imagery that is both accessible and ephemeral in nature; intended so that the user can create their own personal connections with the piece in a similar but distinct way, parallel to what was felt while making the piece. I work with a locally supplied iron-bearing stoneware clay which provides a warm, rust colored backdrop against the colorful graphic surface, and fire to cone 5 in an electric kiln. I graduated from Alfred University in 2009 with a BFA, and am currently a studio potter in residence at Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos, TX.