Victoria Rubinstein

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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    My lineage as working artist is a long one, spanning many generations. I was taught at a very young age to never draw within the lines, and to always think creatively for myself. After earning a BFA in drawing my journey took me on a path of varied mediums. From painting fibers, to making children's clothing, and finally ceramics. My trip to Italy was the turning point. I was mesmerized by the beauty of the architecture, and sculpture which I incorporate into my sgraffito pots.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: I use a white porcelain clay and a B-mix. They come from local United States sources. I first throw the piece on a potters wheel, trim, paint with a black porcelain slip, and then carve the slip away showing the beauty of the white porcelain below. The technique is from seventeenth century Italy called sgraffito. I carve most of my work up-side-down on a banding wheel. I have about 10 different favorite carving tools. My pots are fired two times. Either I leave the exterior surface unglazed to show and feel the texture of the carving, or glaze the whole piece which then makes the entire piece food safe.

    A: I am an avid gardener and I love the feel of dirt in my hands. I feel like I am one with nature when my hands are deep in clay creating. I follow the lead of my hands and flowers, leaves, and ribbons unconsciously appear before my very eyes.

    A: Nature walks with my dog.

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