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

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    Meets Tuesdays. 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

    *Class policies are subject to change in accordance with the guidelines issued by the CDC and the Anne Arundel Health Department regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. In registering yourself or your child for this class, you agree to follow the Maryland Hall COVID-19 Guidelines while attending classes at Maryland Hall.*

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