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
    $320
    Non-Member Price
    $345

    In this 8 week 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 10/1 or 10/8. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $440
    Non-Member Price
    $465

    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 10/05 and 11/23. For more information, please contact the instructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $440
    Non-Member Price
    $465

    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. No class on 10/05 and 11/23. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com.

  • Instructor Name
    Renata Mastroti Kunkel
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    112
    Member Price
    $440
    Non-Member Price
    $465

    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 instructor at renata@rmastrotipottery.com. No class 11/8 and 12/6

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
    114
    Member Price
    $120
    Non-Member Price
    $145

    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 $65 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
    $110
    Non-Member Price
    $135

    This is a really fun two-day workshop, if you want to go beyond the cookie cutter ornaments, this class is for you! We will make and decorate 2D and 3D pieces using underglazes, carving tools ,slips, colored clay, glass and wire among other materials.In the second class, pieces will be finished using several different glazing techniques. This class is suited for brand new beginners and those with experience as well. A materials fee of $5 is due to Maryland Hall Pottery on the first day of class. For more information, please contact the intstructor at renata_mastroti@yahoo.com.

Renata Mastroti Kunkel

Teaching Artist