For several years Renata studied ceramics in Brazil. In 2000 she was invited for a two-year apprenticeship with Annie Schliffer at the Rochester folk Art Guild (NY). Renata currently works at her studio in Edgewater, MD and teaches at the Maryland Hall for The Creative Arts. Renata’s work has been displayed at galleries and stores in the US and Brazil. She has an MBA from Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 
 
 

My pieces combine simple forms with a passion for intricate decoration. I’m inspired by geometric patterns and nature forms. Carving, piercing and leaf application are some of the techniques I’ve been exploring in a search for harmony between detail and simpleness. I’m interested in the contrast between the earthy tones of the clay body and the bright glazes applied around the decorated areas. That process allows the bare clay body to become the focal point and the blank canvas where the decorative process takes place.

Renata Mastroti Kunkel

Renata Mastroti Kunkel's Classes This Season

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $240
    Non-Member Price
    $265

    Students will advance their knowledge of wheel throwing to create more complex forms. Teapots, platters, pitchers, and lidded forms are just a few of the pots to be created. We will also discuss aesthetic details regarding rims, feet, handles ,proportions, weight, etc. Bring an old small towel, a sketch book and lots of ideas. A materials fee of $30 is due to Maryland Hall Pottery at the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $120
    Non-Member Price
    $145

    Always thought that it looked like fun to throw clay on the potter’s wheel? Here’s your chance to just try it, a two time session giving the wheel a spin. You get a quick introduction to wheel throwing, then you try it! We supply materials and tools, basic instruction and hands-on assistance. At the end you choose two to three pieces to be fired. During the following session we will talk about different glazing and decoration techniques and you will have a chance to glaze your pieces. Your finished pots can be picked up a couple weeks later. This is a great class for the curious or those who just want to check pottery off the bucket list! No experience required. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy and bring and old towel. Materials fee of $5 is due in class. For more information, please contact the instructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com

Renata Mastroti Kunkel

Teaching Artist