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Miriam Loory Krombach, Ceramic Artist
Los Angeles, California


I have always endeavored to create my pottery showing the beauty of the process. The feel of the clay spinning on the wheel inspires my work to echo some of that movement after the wheel has stopped. My surface treatments through carving, textures, and glazes are meant to show the fluidity in a finished piece that is no longer malleable but is now fired and permanent. I am interested in juxtaposing rich glazed surfaces with strong defined forms, then carving the forms to visually show the movement of the wheel, clay and water much as the waves of an ocean.

I have been working with clay since I was twelve years old. I have always been drawn to the potter’s wheel. When I sit down to throw, if I have no specific plan, I throw a vase. I…

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  • Joined February 27, 2011

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earthenware clay, stoneware clay, one of a kind functional pottery pieces, slips and glazes

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About

Miriam Loory Krombach, Ceramic Artist
Los Angeles, California


I have always endeavored to create my pottery showing the beauty of the process. The feel of the clay spinning on the wheel inspires my work to echo some of that movement after the wheel has stopped. My surface treatments through carving, textures, and glazes are meant to show the fluidity in a finished piece that is no longer malleable but is now fired and permanent. I am interested in juxtaposing rich glazed surfaces with strong defined forms, then carving the forms to visually show the movement of the wheel, clay and water much as the waves of an ocean.

I have been working with clay since I was twelve years old. I have always been drawn to the potter’s wheel. When I sit down to throw, if I have no specific plan, I throw a vase. I spent all my free time in high school in the pottery studio. My first great teacher/mentor was my high school ceramics teacher, Julie Yost. When it came time to graduate she encouraged me to continue in clay at The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. There I studied with great professors including Val Cushing, Wayne Higby, and Wally Higgins. They instilled a love of the medium of ceramics, knowledge of its history, understanding of the science and craftsmanship necessary to produce good work, and the importance of having a personal vision to bring it to reality.

After graduating from Illinois State University I opened a studio in the Ravenswood area of Chicago and soon after met my future husband. I moved to Los Angeles in 1988, set up my ceramics studio and have been making pottery and teaching classes out of my home studio ever since. I’ve spent the past two decades raising four wonderful children while making pottery and teaching at least four classes in my studio each week. My studio time was limited while my children were young, but I made it count by creating functional pottery and selling it direct. Now my children have either graduated or attend school for a number of hours each day allowing me more time in the studio again. In the past few years, I’ve further explored my love of creating ceramic vessels; throwing, carving, and finishing each one-of-a-kind piece with great joy.

Education:
MFA – Illinois State University, Normal, IL – 1987
BFA – New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, NY – 1983

I will have a vase in a show called The Alumni Spectacular, at Illinois State University, in the University Gallery opening September 19th, 2015.
I was recently in a show called Shapes of Influence, my piece won an award for best surface decoration. Here is the link:
http://springfieldart.org/Discover/Gallery/Exhibitions/Shapes%20of%20Influence/2014/index.html
You can see one of my bowls in a different show thru this link
http://www.deltacollege.edu/div/finearts/dept/dca/gallery/exhibit1/archive/2012/artist41.html

Recent shows:
-Shapes of Influence/ Contemporary Ceramics at the Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL July- September 2014
-Ceramic Biennial 2013, at American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona CA, August-September 2013
-International Tile and a Vessel Exhibition, At Silver City Clay Festival, Silver City, NM, August 2013
• Pasadena Showcase House of Design, at Pasadena Showcase House pool house, Pasadena, CA, April-May 2013
• 34th Annual Contemporary Crafts, at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, AZ, January-March 2013
• Visions In Clay, at San Joaquin Delta College, LH Horton JR Gallery, Stockton, CA, August 2012
• Anshe Emes Dessert Reception, at Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, Bel Air, CA, November 2011
• Un-Wedged Ceramic Competition and Art Show, at Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA, November 2011
• Visions In Clay, at San Joaquin Delta College, LH Horton JR Gallery, Stockton, CA, August 2011
• Diversity in Clay, American Ceramic Society Annual Show, at American Museum of Ceramic Art Pomona, CA, July 2011
• American Ceramic Society Annual Show, at The McGroaty Arts Center, Tujunga, CA, Summer 2010
• Carved Vase Exhibition to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Robineau’s “Scarab Vase”, at Clayscapes Gallery and at the Everson Art Museum, Syracuse, NY, Summer 2010

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