Clarissa Pezone, 2021/22 Lormina Salter Fellow
Clarissa Pezone is a ceramic sculptor originally from Sacramento, CA, and now residing in Baltimore, MD. She received her BA in 2013 from Humboldt State University in northern California and an MFA from Indiana University Bloomington in 2021. Her current work depicts realistic figurative sculpture and found objects in installations that center in private space and moments. Her practice includes the construction of trompe l’oeil objects that depicts the power of personal objects to hold memory, legacy and self-hood. Clarissa has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Young Sculptors Award, the Christyl Ann Boger Memorial award, as well as a Windgate University Fellowship to attend Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions nationwide, including the NCECA Juried Student Show in both Minneapolis (2018) and Pittsburgh (2019), The Indianapolis Art Center (Indianapolis, IN), The Morris Graves Museum of Art (Eureka, CA), and the American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona, CA).
Jenny Reed, 2020/21 Lormina Salter Fellow
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Jenny Reed received her BFA degree in 2014 from Northern Kentucky University, then completied a post-baccalaureate program at Indiana University Southeast. In 2017, she was awarded a first year fellowship to pursue her MFA at Indiana University Bloomington which she completed in May 2020. Jenny has received scholarships to participate in workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She spent half of her residency in quarantine making elaborate tapestries from recycled clothes and fabric with ceramic embellishments. See Jenny’s work on her website.
Piccoli is a native of Colorado and grew up moving between Littleton, Denver and Arvada. He spent his youth devouring sources of science fiction, fantasy, eastern thought, and obsessing about ancient cultures. He practiced painting, drawing, and lived with guitars. He studied Fine Art at Arapahoe Community College earning his Associate’s in Art, where he found his passion for clay and a fondness for the community that surrounded it. He earned his BFA in Ceramics at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and later his MFA in Ceramics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In graduate school he wanted to explore the idea of bridging the functional, the sculptural, and the painted image. See more of Piccoli’s work on his website jasonapiccoli.com. Artist Spotlight feature with Jason.
Vanna Ramirez is an artist with a passion for clay who also explore various other mediums. She holds a BS in studio art from Skidmore College, and has attended the NCECA’s 53rd annual clay conference as a Multicultural Fellow, a residency at the Red Lodge Clay Center, and workshops at Penland School of Craft and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She recently began her new journey as a self-employed artist in Baltimore, Md. See her portfolio at her website.