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
    $360
    Non-Member Price
    $385

    This class is suited for those with a little experience. Students should be able to throw a small cylinder and a small bowl. In this class we will work towards refining our throwing skills to make lighter, better centered pots. We will explore more complex forms including lidded pieces and pouring pots and, we will work on details like rims, feet, handles, etc. Bring an old towel, a sketch book and lots of ideas. A materials fee of $30 is due to the Maryland Hall Pottery at the first class. No class on 03/15. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.Additional studio time is available for registered students in this class - check the Open Studio-Monday, Open Studio-Wednesday, Open Studio -Saturday or a package of all three options.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $360
    Non-Member Price
    $385

    In this class students will advance their knowledge of wheel throwing to create more complex forms such as teapots, platters, pitchers, and lidded forms. We will also discuss aesthetic details regarding rims, feet, handle, 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 intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com. No class on 3/15/23. Additional studio time is available for registered students in this class - check the Open Studio-Monday, Open Studio-Wednesday, Open Studio -Saturday or a package of all three options.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $360
    Non-Member Price
    $385

    In this class students will advance their knowledge of wheel throwing to create more complex forms such as teapots, platters, pitchers, and lidded forms. 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 intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.Additional studio time is available for registered students in this class - check the Open Studio-Monday, Open Studio-Wednesday, Open Studio -Saturday or a package of all three options.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $280
    Non-Member Price
    $305

    This class provides an introduction to the potter’s wheel. In this 7 week class, students will learn basic techniques of centering clay, throwing simple forms and transforming these into more developed forms, such as vases, bowls and mugs. Glazing and decorating techniques are also introduced. Class is suited for beginner students. Bring an old towel, a sketch book and lots of ideas. A materials fee of $30 is due to the Maryland Hall Pottery at the first class, which will cover the first 25lbs of clay and glazes. Attending Pottery Studio for extra practice of skills learned is highly recommended - please refer to dates and times offered under Pottery Studio. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $360
    Non-Member Price
    $385

    This class provides an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Students will learn basic techniques of centering clay, throwing simple forms and transforming these into more developed forms, such as vases, bowls and mugs. Glazing and decorating techniques are also introduced. Class is suited for beginner students and those with a little experience. Bring an old towel, a sketch book and lots of ideas. A materials fee of $30 is due to the Maryland Hall Pottery at the first class. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.Additional studio time is available for registered students in this class - check the Open Studio-Monday, Open Studio-Wednesday, Open Studio -Saturday or a package of all three options.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $110
    Non-Member Price
    $135

    Always thought that it looked like fun to throw 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 . On the second class 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 an old towel. Materials fee of $5 is due in class. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $110
    Non-Member Price
    $135

    Always thought that it looked like fun to throw 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 . On the second class 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 an old towel. Materials fee of $5 is due in class. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $60
    Non-Member Price
    $85

    Do you go blank when you receive that bisqued pot back? This workshop will help you get over your glazing fears and encourage you to try new materials and techniques in a safer, more controlled way, preventing "off the pot" drips . First we will review the basics of glaze composition, application, and common issues. You will learn to apply glazes and washes in many different ways to add color and depth to your work. We will also experiment with different resists such as tape, latex, wax . Bring at least 4 bisqued pieces.A materials fee of $5 is due in class. For more information contact the instructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    114
    Member Price
    $60
    Non-Member Price
    $85

    PMC [Precious Metal Clay] is a unique form of silver, gold, bronze, or copper that allows jewelry designers to form and sculpt metal by hand. The final product once fired is 99.9% silver. In this two day workshop you will learn how to use PMC to design and create a beautiful pendant and earrings. We will use templates , textures and molds to create our pieces. We will also learn how to handle, condition and shape precious metal clay and how to finish our pieces to get a professional look. A materials fee of $70 payble by cash or check is due to the intructor at the first class .

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $280
    Non-Member Price
    $305

    In this class students will advance their knowledge of wheel throwing to create more complex forms such as teapots, platters, pitchers, and lidded forms. We will also discuss aesthetic details regarding rims, feet, handle, 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 intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $280
    Non-Member Price
    $305

    This class is suited for those with a little experience. Students should be able to throw a small cylinder and a small bowl. In this class, we will work towards refining our throwing skills to make lighter, better-centered pots. We will explore more complex forms including lidded pieces and pouring pots and work on details like rims, feet, handles, etc. Bring an old towel, a sketchbook and lots of ideas. A materials fee of $30 is due to the Maryland Hall Pottery at the first class. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

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

    In this class students will advance their knowledge of wheel throwing to create more complex forms such as teapots, platters, pitchers, and lidded forms. 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. No class on 5/13. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

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

    This class meets for 6 weeks and provides an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Students will learn basic techniques of centering clay, throwing simple forms and transforming these into more developed forms, such as vases, bowls and mugs. Glazing and decorating techniques are also introduced. Additional Pottery Studio practice time is highly recommended - refer to Pottery Studio times and dates. Bring an old towel, a sketch book and lots of ideas. A materials fee of $30 is due to the Maryland Hall Pottery at the first class, which will cover the first 25lbs of clay and glazes. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

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

    This class provides an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Students will learn basic techniques of centering clay, throwing simple forms and transforming these into more developed forms, such as vases, bowls and mugs. Glazing and decorating techniques are also introduced. Class is suited for beginner students and those with a little experience. Bring an old towel, a sketch book and lots of ideas. A materials fee of $30 is due to the Maryland Hall Pottery at the first class. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $110
    Non-Member Price
    $135

    Always thought that it looked like fun to throw 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 . On the second class 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 an old towel. Materials fee of $5 is due in class. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $110
    Non-Member Price
    $135

    Always thought that it looked like fun to throw 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 . On the second class 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 an old towel. Materials fee of $5 is due in class. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $110
    Non-Member Price
    $135

    Bring your surfaces to life creating multi layered patterns that add depth and interest to your pieces! We will explore the use of paper cutouts , slip decoration, carving, underglazes, newsprint transfers, slip trailing, inlay, and more. 6 x 6 leather hard tiles will be provided to practice all techniques. Students wil be able to complete 2 to 3 tiles. This workshop is designed for students with basic skills. A materials fee of $15 to Maryland Hall Pottery is due on the first class. For more information, please contact the instructor @ renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

Renata Mastroti Kunkel

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