I began working with clay about thirty years ago.  While living in Naples, Italy from 1983 through 1987, I had the opportunity of studying at the Instituto della Porcellana e della Ceramica located on the grounds of the Capodimonte Palace.  From the Italian masters of the institute, I learned techniques, which included making many types of flowers and leaves in the Capodimonte style, a tradition that dates back to the early 1700’s.  This experience in Italy marked the first step in the process for a clear direction in my ceramic work.
Upon returning to the United States, I worked with many ceramic techniques to enhance and combine with the ceramic processes I learned in Italy.  I studied throwing on the potter’s wheel from an accomplished San Diego potter.  Creating bowls and other forms became a necessary step in the development of my personal style.
I maintain an interest in architecture including the extraordinary style of Antonio Gaudí.  I am fascinated with texture, which is also seen in Gaudí’s work.  The abstract and intricate forms are ones I have incorporated into my work of a hand built-slab technique.  To these forms I apply various patterns and textures and create free form, architectural objects. Specifically these forms become vessels, baskets, wall and table vases.
All of my work is created in a studio at my home and in Studio 16B at the Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park.  I am an artist member of Spanish Village Art Center.



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 Vicky DeLongSan Diego, CA619-850-6637