Rosie Village Ceramics

Rosie Village Ceramics

About The Artist

Stephanie Rosendorf • Atlanta, GA

I’m Stephanie Rosendorf, the hands and mind behind Rosie Village Ceramics. I love to bring a bit of unexpected beauty and joy into people’s lives and their surroundings.  Working mostly with delicate porcelains, I create decorative pieces inspired by nature. By using the meditative process of ceramics to interpret details from the natural world, I hope to bring a sense of wonder and delight to the viewer, and inspire them to notice “the little things” normally overlooked in our busy modern lives.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My ceramic wall tiles are handbuilt, as opposed to being made on the wheel or slipcast. I use the techniques of slab rolling and coiling to shape the clay into round, domed tiles. I shape and add each petal and leaf by hand, and use special tools and mini-extrusions for the more intricate clusters. Porcelain requires keeping consistent and specific moisture levels while working on the pieces, not too much, not too little. I also slowly dry the pieces for weeks to prevent cracking and allow the clay to adapt to its new shape. Then the pieces go into the kiln for the first firing, are applied with glazes and fired a second time.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Clay is the most extraordinary of mediums: with careful manipulation—and some really intense heat!— mud and minerals from the earth are transformed into something completely new and beautiful. Ceramics is like a collaboration with nature, plus a little engineering and lots of chemistry and physics thrown in. I feel a deep connection with clay, especially porcelain. There's a delicate balance between me guiding the clay and the clay responding back, indicating the way it wants to move.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I sometimes adapt porcelain to my own formula, adding natural fibers like abaca or flax to the clay in order to help strengthen the very thin and delicate pieces during the building process. I also sometimes mix pigments and mason stains into the clay body to give it color.