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Rita Vali

Artist Details

Rita Vali

Member Since 2017

I am fortunate to be working with clay, which is so wonderfully tactile and responsive. I focus on creating functional work that combines modern form with bold graphic surface decoration. Using a somewhat minimalistic aesthetic, strong clean forms are combined with graphic patterns inspired from everywhere – leaves, bark, pebbles, fabrics, landscape. With my background in microbiology and botany the microscopic world is also a fantastic source of inspiration. Driven by curiosity, and observation, I merge my backgrounds in art and science. Some pieces are thrown and altered, allowing for the incorporation of hand built textured slabs. I also love color, and the challenge of using it in complementary ways. I make my pottery with others in mind, as I believe people are connected through the use and display of thoughtfully hand crafted objects. I intend my pieces to evoke a response by giving one a moment to pause, interact, and feel satisfied.

I also thrive on connections with other artists and students. Aside from making, and teaching pottery, I have been involved in community arts organizations and completed several collaborative ceramic projects in public spaces. I hold a BA/BS from University of Wyoming, and a MS from Pennsylvania State University.