Elizabeth Wocasek has been an artist for 16 years and her interest in ceramics began in 2003 while taking art studio courses at Sacramento City College with the aim of earning a second Bachelor’s in art. She took ceramics from Bob Schumacher and quickly became hooked, eventually spending nearly all of my free time devoted to the medium, acquiring a kiln and recently a potter’s wheel. She now adds her sculptural work and richly colored abstract designs to my vessels thrown on the wheel.
She makes hand built ceramic sculptures and wheel thrown pottery with hand built components which are then high fired. Her work expresses her life experience and love of her environment, circular forms, animals and color. She doesn’t use molds on any of her ceramics and although she makes many of the same items (like crows) each is sculpted by hand and has its own uniqueness. Her pieces are also the result of a detailed process consisting of applying glaze before both firing stages and then brushing on glazes rather than dipping them, and using many brush strokes of several different glazes to get the luminous finishes and layers that you see. She keeps prices as reasonable as possible considering the time, skill, and effort that she puts into each piece.
While ceramics takes up much of her creative time, she also continues to work with her first love, painted furniture utilizing her technique on shelves and other functional art. She also re-purposes old frames to make jewelry organizers that are functional works of art by employing her unique painting style, hand-made ceramic knobs, wire and old picture frames or pre-made crafted wood pieces.
She is a full-time artist living and working out of her home studio in Salem, Oregon. Her work appears in Little Relics, in Sacramento, CA and Same as it Never Was Vintage in Independence, Oregon. She also sells her work in regional fine arts and craft fairs and online through Etsy.
Elizabeth Wocasek 2016