Featured Artist - Marina Bosetti

Meet the Artist

Marina Bosetti

What led you to express yourself in clay?

I discovered clay in grade school and it never let me go. I have never doubted my decision to work in clay. In many ways I don’t feel like I had a choice. It’s been more than twenty five years and I still wake eager to go to the studio and get my hands dirty. No matter how challenging the day maybe, because clay can be temperamental, I will at least experience knowledge through trail and error and at best will be in the spirited flow of creative energy.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Nature, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts Movement, the figure, my dog, life in general, light, the way weeds grow through the cracks in sidewalks, my emotions, occasionally the emotions of others. I make happy work that I hope elicits a celebratory feeling towards human, animal, and botanical life.

Where did you train

I have a BFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute. There I learned that there are many types of relationships and lifestyles than what I learned growing up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, it startled me and it opened me up. It took me weeks to understand why that woman kept winking at me.

Why is this charity important to you?

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was twelve and died the year I turned sixteen. How my father reacted to her loss has deeply affected me as well as my five siblings. When we talk about now; it amazes me how different each of our experiences were. The youngest was 11 and the oldest 30. It’s hard to lose a parent at any age.

How has art molded your outlook on life?

I feel more molded by family, events, and experiences. Art has changed the way I look at and see the world, to quote a fellow artist and friend Leslie Goldman, “The more I see the more I see beauty, the more beauty I see. Because of this it helps me to better handle the early experiences of my life.

What advice do you have for aspiring potters today?

Make sure you like marketing as much as your medium.

Featured Pottery Piece

Sappho Tile

Today we present a rare opportunity to collectors of Roseville Pottery. For the first time since closing their doors in 1954, the Roseville Pottery brand has returned, with a series of authorized limited edition decorative ceramic art tiles. Each tile is designed and executed by a contemporary studio artist in an edition of 50 pieces. They are framed, and come with a certificate of authenticity issued by Roseville and signed by the artist. 10% of the profits of will be donated to a charity cause chosen by the artist.

This first tile is entitled "Sappho", and was designed and executed in high relief by accomplished ceramic artist Marina Bosetti. Marina's studio in Raliegh, North Carolina provides the perfect setting and inspiration for this remarkable Art Nouveau masterpiece. The unique glazes shimmer in the sunlight giving added depth to the innovative design. The sale of these tiles will provide donations to breast cancer prevention, a cause with a deeply personal connection to Marina and her family. This decorative art tile is the first series to be issued by Roseville Pottery and is new in the box with all paperwork included. Each is signed and numbered with only 50 pieces created, and the molds have been destroyed preventing any future reproduction.

The tile is 8" x 8", and with frame is 9 1/4 x 9 1/4". It comes ready to hang and display, the perfect gift for a breast cancer survivor or thier family. Sure to become a collector's item, this is the first authorized Roseville Pottery created in 63 years. It is sure to bring happiness to the new owner for years to come.


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Sappho Tile