The Artist

I was schooled at Manhattan's Hunter College and received my Master of Arts from SUNY Albany in 1987. Though I grew up in the greater New York City area, it was the quiet of the land and not the city, that captured my heart. My home was a modest brick house squeezed in among others along the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, specifically, Rockaway Beach. My earliest memories are of sand, water and salt air; at night, as I gazed out from the front porch, I saw a shimmering black skyline, not that of Manhattan, but the vast expanse of the moonlit ocean.

Now, more than 20 years away from the shore, my early life of inhaling natures salty breath comes out in my work. I form soft earth into subtle polished vessels & sculptural wall murals in the quiet of my studio. Instead of using glazes, in this Raku-alternative firing process I experiment with natural materials, polished porcelain and the random markings of fire upon earth, it is known as saggar firing. Like the unpredictability of waves chasing the shoreline, each saggar firing yields surprising results upon the surface of my pots, never are two alike.

I sell my work at Art Shows across the country and I Teach Workshops nationally & internationally. As a yogi for more than a decade, I have brought my Yoga & Clay closer together over the years. I create a wholesale line of Hand Carved Oms for Wellness Centers & Yoga Studios.

As a professional clay artist for more than 19 years, my latest manifestation brought my clay onto the wall. I create Sculptural Wall Murals for residential, corporate and hospital facilities nationwide. To date I have wall murals in scores of homes and almost a dozen hospitals, including Texas Children's Hospital, Pavilion for Women in Houston and Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

This I know: I love earth, nature, clay & yoga and I have created a life that supports all of that while growing my heart and expanding my circle around the world. And for that and more, I am eternally grateful!

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

Brookwood Gallery, Houston, TX. 2013
Florida Craftsman Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL. 2013
Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, OH. 2012.
Tim Salen Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL 2010
Gallery 668. Cambridge, NY. 2008
Villa Royale, Phuket, Thailand. 2007
Riverfront Gallery of Fine Art. New York. 2004 - 2009
Valley Artisan’s Market Gallery. Cambridge, NY. 2007
Funke Fired Arts Gallery. Cincinnati, OH. Invitational. 2007
Albany Museum of History & Art. Albany, NY. 2006
Bennington Museum. Bennington, VT. 2000

AWARDS AND HONORS

2010: Naperville Women's Club Award. Naperville, IL
2010: First Place, Ceramics. Fountain Square Art Festival, Evanston, IL
2010: Award of Merit. Boston Mills Art Festival, OH
2010: First Place, Ceramics. Wells Street Art Festival, Chicago, IL
2010: Award of Distinction. Under the Oaks, Vero Beach, FL
2010: Ceramic Award of Excellence. Tarpon Springs, FL.
2009: Best in Show. Boston Mills Art Festival, #1, OH
2009: Award of Excellence. Cedar Key Art Festival
2009: First Place, Ceramics. Miami Festival of the Arts
2008: Award of Merit, Ceramics. CraftArt 2008, Florida
2008: Third Place, Ceramics. Winterpark Art Festival, Florida
2008: 500 Tiles - Artist Submission. Lark Publishing, 2008
2008: Independent Artist Grant. New York State Foundation for the Arts
2007: SOS Grant International Exhibition, Thailand. NYS Council on the Arts.
2007: Best in Show. Longboat Key Fine Art Festival. Longboat Key, Florida
2007: Third Place, Ceramics. Under the Oaks, Vero Beach, Florida
2007: Patrons Choice Award. Deland Museum Art Festival, Florida
2006: Award of Excellence, Ceramics. Beaux Arts Festival, Florida
2005: First Place, Ceramics. Glastonbury Art Show, CT
2005: Judges Choice. New Smyrna Beach, FL
2005: Juror's Choice. WMHT Public Television Art Auction, New York
2005: Judges Choice. Berkshire Art Festival, MA
2005: Honorable Mention. 57th Street Art Fair, IL
2005: Patron's Choice Award. New Smyrna Beach, FL
2004: First Place, Ceramics. Glastonbury Art Show, CT
2004: Juror's Choice. WMHT Public Television Art Auction, New York
2003: Judges Choice. Berkshire Art Festival, MA
2003: Second Place, Ceramics. Bruce Museum Craft Festival, CT
2003: Juror's Choice. WMHT Public Television Art Auction, New York

Brenda's Ceramic Art Can Be Found:

Individual art collections, Healthcare Art, Design Studios,
Public & Private Commissions

National & international exhibitions

Art galleries for representation (wholesale prices available)

Brenda teaches 'Master Class' workshops nationally & internationally.