2021 Faculty Art Exhibition - Donna Robinson

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Various Bowls
Barium and Basalt. Block and Bowls, 2018

Clay and Glass
Installation: 8 x 5 x 2 inches

Stacked Blocks
Primary Process: Blocks

Porcelain and Glass
Installation: 5 x 2 x 3 inches

Spheres in double Bowls
Blocks and Bowls Persimmons, 2018

Porcelain and Stoneware Clay
10 x 7.5 x 6.5 inches

My most recent work examines ideas of exploration and history within the identity of a person, a place or an object. They reference tangible earth/land masses supporting ideas of current modernity. Blocks. Bowls. Suggestive of modern structures - buildings and at the same time are made with archaeological findings in mind. Bowls represent serving vessels that contain tiny experiments or explorations. Sometimes full of cast objects – representing bounty and excess. By focusing on primary processes that date back many thousands of years, I am exploring volume and balance using essential methods of form making as building blocks. The historical lens both physically and psychologically informs the process and the product responds, stretching clay vessels to be voluptuous and teetering precariously on a blocky base. This tension that occurs between the vessel and the base, between the view into time and the connection through time – creates a moment of anticipation and a simultaneous suspension. Inspired equally by geologic formations and anamorphic / biological growths I am working with the material in its most plastic state while playing with its reference to Natural Science.

Donna Ropp Robinson was born in Portland, Oregon and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. In 2000, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute. Afterwards studying glass at the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington founded by Dale Chihuly and then spending two years as Artist-in-Residence at Red Star Studios – now part of The Belger Arts Center in Kansas City. Her graduate studies include MFA courses at the University of Hawaii, and she earned her Master of Arts at California State University, San Bernardino in May of 2011. Her professional career has included three years as a Project Manager for the Peabody Award winning Craft in America PBS series and eight years as the full-time Laboratory Technician for the Ceramics Department at Mt San Antonio College. Since receiving her masters degree she has been an adjunct professor and has taught ceramics at California State University Fullerton, Cerritos College, Los Angeles Valley College and Rio Hondo College. As a studio artist she has been featured in The New York Times and Craft in America, her porcelain and glasswork also appear in the collection of the Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China and the Ken Ferguson Collection at the Kansas City Art Institute. Locally, she has shown her work at Chime & Co, Freehand Gallery and Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum. Recently, her work has appeared at Marin Artists Society and Gandee Gallery in New York.

Donna Ropp Robinson began teaching at Cerritos College in 2016, including ART150 (Introduction to Ceramics) and ART298(Directed Studies).