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Cindy Kolodziejski

German/American, b. 1962

Soap Film Funnel

Earthenware and metal
24.5 x 9 x 5.5 in.
Gift of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation

Cindy Kolodziejski first attracted critical attention in the 1990s for works that incorporated social commentary in traditional vessel forms. Since that time, the wide range of her vessels includes teapots, urns, and tureens, as well as adaptations of labware such as beakers and funnels suspended from metal clamps, as in Soap Film Funnel. This piece has an elegant swirling border pattern on cream that showcases Kolodziejski’s painting finesse. Such slip-cast works are molded from objects representing a wide variety of periods, styles, and functions. Over the years her work has maintained its distinctive mixture of smoothly glazed surfaces and scientific imagery.

In her early childhood, Kolodziejski moved from Germany, where her father was in the army, to Arizona, California, Ohio, and then back to California. From a very early age she wanted to be an artist, and she was later influenced by her grandmother, a high school art teacher. In 1986 she received a BFA in fine arts from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. After several ceramics courses with Ralph Bacerra, she chose ceramics as her medium because of its flexibility and potential for imagery. Bacerra’s guidance and mentorship, especially in mold making and glaze formulation, were especially influential. After Otis, Kolodziejski began to merge 2-D painting and 3-D ceramic objects. Tony Marsh encouraged her to earn her MFA at CSU Long Beach in 1999. She has been showing her work since 1986 in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and is represented in public and private collections domestically and abroad.

Billie Sessions, PhD.

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