Valerie Bunnell

Valerie Bunnell

About The Artist

Valerie Bunnell • Florence, MA

After several apprenticeships with potters, I earned my BFA in ceramics from UMass and my MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since then I have been a studio artist doing gallery shows and fine craft fairs. Presently I live in MA and work at home. I enjoy horseback riding, hiking, biking and antiquing.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

I hand build my work using clay techniques. I employ found and fabricated objects that I hunt for in the real world. I like to texture and stain, then rub my surfaces to create richness. I employ movement with springs and balancing pieces on points. Wire and filler creates connections in the work and a patina of age and the make-believe is encouraged.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

My mother was an avid collector of antiques and my father was builder. I love to discover and collect the leftovers of the world and use them to envision new realities. My skills with clay allow me the excitement of discovering my characters.

What is something unique about you or your practice?