My ceramic life began in San Francisco in the 1970s, working in small private studios where I learned hand-building, eventually setting up my own studio, and receiving a grant from the California Arts Council.
Returning to NYC in the early 1980s led me in other directions. I created Maria Manhattan’s The Box Lunch - a large multi media exhibition with feminist overtones. And in 1982, I unwittingly became a computer graphics pioneer. “Nancy Reagan Takes the Subway” produced under a National Endowment for the Arts grant at NYU, received recognition as the first interactive comic strip leading to a twenty-five year career in computer graphics and contributing to early Internet experiments.
Moving to Hudson, NY in 2009 made it possible to return to ceramics. Having previously worked in trompe l'oeil, I changed course and began riffing on the vase form, with hand-built, slab constructed porcelain.
Following the movement of the clay resulted in a series of sculptural vases that convey the idea of spontaneous motion. These graceful and serene vessels unfurl with a sense of inevitability. Some surface designs reflect the Nerikomi technique for coloring clay, incorporating chance and randomness with less predictable and more abstract results.
Sculptural work was recently exhibited at Susan Eley Fine Art in Hudson NY. Earlier exhibition venues include McDaris Fine Art, Jonathan Hallam Gallery, The New York Historical Society, The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Parsons Gallery.
My teaching life included 15 years at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. I’m a ukulele aficionado and my radio show, The Hudson Café can be heard on WGXC 90.7.
Nancy Reagan Takes The Subway:
Maria Manhattan's "The Box Lunch":