Eliane Medina is a potter currently working as a studio assistant for Deborah Schwartzkopf at Rat City Studios. She graduated from Central Washington University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in studio art.
Clay has been of interest to Eliane since a young age. She often made small sculptures with polymer clay until her first year at Green River Community College. There, she took her first pottery class and learned to throw on the wheel. After declaring her major at CWU, Eliane took several more ceramics classes and is now focused on clay as her main medium. She plans to continue to work toward becoming a full-time studio potter.
Being surrounded by people every day, I observe subtle details about both strangers and acquaintances. I find that I am not the only human with imperfections, insecurities, and daily embarrassing moments and mistakes. I see beauty in what society deems to be imperfect, and I have discovered that there are countless versions of what constitutes “beauty”. My work steps away from society’s conventional beauty. I want my work to reveal the fact that we are all different, we are all odd, and in those ways we are all very much the same.
I love that the pieces are to be held and felt, with both the hands and the lips. As we get to know a person we start to see them as a whole. We learn about them and understand their complexities, including their imperfections, often bringing us closer together. This is what I hope my pots can do. As someone lives with one of my pieces, I hope it can continue to offer new details.
I strive to create work that resonates with all walks of life, simply because of being human.
How have you come to work with Rat City Studios:
In June, 2017, I moved to Seattle from Ellensburg, Washington, where I attended college at Central Washington University. I am now working as a studio assistant for Deb Schwartzkopf at Rat City Studios. In my three short months here, I have quickly settled into this new studio as well as a new home. Deb’s setup here is an inspiration to me and I am gaining great experience in learning what kind of work goes into running a pottery studio. My own work is developing as well, and it is great to be surrounded by other artists who I can connect with and learn from. I am excited to be here working with Deb who has so much knowledge about pottery and running a business of her own. I will be using this year to continue developing my work, applying to exhibitions, making connections, and overall focusing on creating my life as an artist.