Victoria Rubinstein

Victoria Rubinstein

About The Artist

Victoria Schwartz • Oak Creek, WI

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 unique path, from painting on fibers, 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. It inspired me to carve sgraffito on clay.

It is always surprising to me how freeing clay is. Unlike all the previous mediums I have worked in, I no longer make patterns or drawings. I design as I carve, following the lead of my hands. The black slip silently falls away and reveals the beauty of the white porcelain below. Flowers, waves, and ribbons seem to magically appear before my eyes.

People tell me they see all cultures represented in my work and ask me where my inspiration comes from. I tell them it is from a lifetime of observing the world around me.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

I throw the porcelain pot on the potter's wheel, then I trim the bottom into unique forms. I then paint a black slip over the whole pot. When it is leather hard it is ready to carve. Since my black slip will show finger marks I turn the piece upside down without touching it and carve. When it totally dries it goes into an electric kiln to fire and after the first firing I glaze the inside and or outside and fire again. Most of my pieces are food safe.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I love to draw and this medium allows me to draw while I carve.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I carve my work upside down without touching it.