Victoria Schmidlapp, a ceramic artist from Old Lyme, Connecticut, is the COMO pottery studio manager. Schmidlapp, who is also a pottery instructor at the COMO, has more than 17-years of ceramics experience. Allowing the clay to tell its story, her works have a fresh sophistication and modern aesthetic which exhibit a textural fluidity with notes from nature and societal surroundings.
In her functional works, she explores an abstract approach not only in formation but in decoration, breaking traditional notions of ceramics and focusing heavily on the design and fluidity of the piece so that the viewer's eye is drawn to and carried throughout the surface of the work.
Schmidlapp received her B.F.A in ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). During her time there, she was appointed teaching assistant for Adelaide Paul, and grew to love teaching ceramics. Shortly after graduation she continued to make pieces as a studio potter and showed at the 92Y Tribeca in New York City. After moving from Long Island four years ago she became a full-time studio potter working and teaching at a small studio in Old Lyme, before coming to the COMO.
To see more of Schmidlapp's work, visit her website.
To learn more about Schmidlapp artistic journey and what brought her to the COMO, check out the Westerly Sun's recent article about her.