Stephanie Rosendorf

Artist Bio

I’m an artist and former creative director of a small publishing company who loves to bring a bit of unexpected beauty and joy into people’s lives and their surroundings through my sculptural work. In May of 2022, I completed the graduate post-baccalaureate program in ceramics at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. You can most often find me happily working in my studio in Atlanta—alongside a cantankerous feline named Moo—or at my favorite community art center. Or out hiking and cycling in nature. Or wandering around the world with my soulmate, visiting museums and eating too much food.

Artist Statement

Working mostly with delicate porcelains and the occasional rustic earthy clay, I create decorative and sculptural ceramics inspired by nature: flowers • forests • plants • fungi • botanicals • animals • oceanic life • the earth’s landscape … and influenced by dreams and hazy memories floating just beyond the grasp of the conscious mind. It’s like a beautiful meeting of the real + imaginary within layers of soft, quiet femininity. By using the meditative process of ceramics to interpret these details from the natural (and sometimes not-so-natural) world, I hope to bring a sense of wonder and delight to the viewer, and inspire them to notice “the little things” normally overlooked or unseen in the busyness of our modern, human-focused perspective.

How does the theme ‘Biosphere’ play a role in your work?

The theme plays out in several ways. My work is inspired by the rhythms, patterns and textures found within the diverse layers of the earth’s terrain—in lush tropical jungles, verdant forests, pristine alpine mountains, arid deserts, and the unknowable depths of the ocean.
Porcelain is my go-to clay of choice and reflects the dichotomous nature of the earth’s biosphere—both simultaneously fragile and strong, easily broken but resilient.
Erupting with an abundance of blooms and growth, my sculptures are often influenced by the concept of botanical “sentience”. I’m fascinated by how plants’ lives are entangled: how they transform, solve problems, how they communicate with each other…and us.

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