Ana Cavalcanti Fine Ceramics

Ana Cavalcanti Fine Ceramics

About The Artist

Ana Cavalcanti • Bethesda, MD

"I love being a ceramic artist. Using my hands as a tool enriches my soul and calms my mind. I strive for function with artistic aesthetics because it enriches people's daily lives when they access beautiful, functional craftwork as tools in their homes."


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

Although the pottery wheel is the primary tool used, hand-building with slabs and coils plays an important role. Embossing is my primary decoration technique, and now I've been experimenting with underglaze decorations. After the bisque fire, each pot is individually glazed and fired at a high temperature to ensure that all pieces are vitrified and food safe.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I found my true love for ceramics the first time I transformed clay into something tangible. Since then, I've been experimenting with a variety of techniques. My primary goal is to fuse functionality and art. Textures play an essential role in my work.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

One thing that isn't necessarily apparent in my work is all my pieces are handmade one at a time. I don't use any mold or slipcasing. Each piece I make is truly one of a kind. In contrast to traditional pottery, my pieces are very lightweight.