Byrdcliffe will be holding an ARTIST SPOTLIGHT for the exceptional ceramic artist Virginia Piazza this holiday season on Saturday, November 23, noon to 6:00 pm at the Byrdcliffe Shop on 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY. The Artist Spotlight will focus on Virginia’s work, and everybody will be able to meet her at the Byrdcliffe Shop and find out more about the skills and fine artistry involved in her elegant ceramic works.
Virginia Piazza has been a studio potter in the Hudson Valley (in Beacon) since 2001. She taught ceramics for over 20 years in Manhattan and the Hudson Valley (at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, and the Garrison Art Center). Virginia earned a BFA in ceramics in 1990, from the Kansas City Art Institute. Working out of a small home studio, she produces functional ceramics for the serving of food and the presentation of flowers in subtle colors. Her work is influenced by Scandinavian design and minimalism, as well as traditional Asian and European pottery forms. All of Virginia’s pottery starts with raw clay formed by hand on a pottery wheel or with simple tools. No molds of any kind are used. She uses a porcelain clay and mixes all her own glazes-which are food safe and non-toxic. All wares are microwave safe and dishwasher friendly. Virginia works in series, producing a small quantity of similar forms. All work is fired twice-first firing reaches 1800F, producing a fragile porous bisque. The pots are dipped in buckets of glaze, then fired a second time to 2200F. The firings run 9-12 hours; the kiln then cools for about 24 hours. Her forms include an array of cups and bowls, pitchers, teapots, vases, and plates.