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Artist: Sandra Torres


Sandra Torres
Sandra Torres, California
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Functionality, ergonomics, repetition, nature and the intrinsic characteristics of the material bring to life my porcelain work. Contrast of varied color shades, their softness and sharp edges – given by the watercolor quality of soluble salts, along with linear abstract motifs, result in a dramatic chromatic composition in contrast to the white surface of the porcelain. Porcelain, in the thinnest of its expressions, demonstrates a life of its own, moving to the heat of the firing and resulting in an imprint of its own memory. The character of my current work resides in the exploration of natural patterns and landscapes resulting from the repetition of abstract designs, with small but significant variations of shape and size. The contrast between glazed inside and unglazed outside invite you to handle each piece and discover the sensuality of the soft bare surface and translucency of the porcelain, delicate to the sight, yet strong to the touch.


SELECTED SOLO AND SMALL GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 From the Earth, Ojai Valley Museum, Ojai, CA
2019, 2017, 2016, 2015 Yunomi Invitational. AKAR, Iowa City, IA
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2015 Cup: The Intimate Object. Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
2019, Three Person Exhibition. Beatrice Wood Center, Ojai, CA
2019, Origins: Ojai Studio Artists. Ojai Valley Museum, Ojai, CA
2019, American Pottery Festival. Northern Clay Center, Minnesota, MN
2018, CUPful. Cedar Creek Gallery. Creedmoor, NC
2017, Solo Show – “Small Images”. Plinth Gallery. Denver, CO
2014, Women’s Work. Freehand Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
2013, A Thousand Hours: Time and Experimentation. Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2012, Open House. Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum Satellite @ Indigo. Santa Barbara, CA
GROUP EXHIBITIONS - JURIED
2019, Last Call IV, Companion Gallery, Humbolt, TN
2016, Small Favors VIII. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2015, Distilled Essences III. Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
2015, The Slip Cast Object Revisited. Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO
2014, Strictly Functional Pottery National. Best of Show & Purchase Award Lancaster, PA
2014, KC Clay Guild Teabowl National. Best of Show. Kansas City, MO
2014, Ready Set: Contemporary Tableware. Lillstreet Gallery. Chicago, IL
2013, 10th Annual Ceramics Show: All cups 2, McGroarty Arts Center, Tujunga, CA
2013, Small Favors VIII. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2012, Small Images. First Place 3D. Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.
2012, The DeLuce Clay National. Maryville, MO.
2012, The 19th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition. Merit Award & Museum Purchase. San Angelo, TX.
2012, Chromatic Edge. NCECA 2012. Seattle, WA.
2012, International Cup 2012. Best of Show. Clay Studio of Missoula. Missoula, MT.
2011, Small Images, 2nd Place in 3D category. Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.
2007 Third Biennale of Functional Ceramics. Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico, D.F, Mexico.
2006 Small Images. Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.
2005 Second Biennale of Functional Ceramics. Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico, D.F, Mexico.


PUBLICATIONS
2017, CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process
2013, 500 Prints on Clay. Lark Books, USA.
2005 500 CUPS. Lark Books, USA.


RELATED EXPERIENCE
2002 –2004 Santa Barbara City College, Professional volunteer, Ceramic Studio. Santa Barbara, CA.
2003 Studio Pieter Stockmans, Apprenticeship with Pieter Stockmans. Genk, Belgium.
Ridley Tree Education Center, Ceramics Instructor, summer camp. Ceramic Technician. Santa Barbara, CA.
Pat Kenny Studio. Studio Assistant. Santa Barbara, CA


EDUCATION & WORKSHOPS
Apr. 2004 – Aug. 2004 International Ceramic Studio, Artist in Residence. Kecskemet, Hungary.
December 2002 Manos de Oaxaca, Oaxacan Clay Workshop. Oaxaca, México.
July 2002 Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Summer School. Jingdezhen, China
Aug. 2001 – May 2002 Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education, Santa Barbara, CA
UCSB Kilns Workshop, Santa Barbara, CA
1999 - 2001 Alberto Diaz de Cossio Ceramic Workshop, México City
1997 – 1999 Master in Business Administration. ITAM-, Mexico, D.F.
1989 – 1993 Bachelors of Arts, Architecture. ITESM- Monterrey, N.L. Mexico


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