Sienna Orlando-Lalaguna

BFA, Ceramics, California State University, Chico. Chico, CA. 2008

Background: I was raised on a family farm in northern California, where I spent my time crawling through weeds, walking in the mud, and watching fruit grow. Beginning to study ceramics in 1999, my emphasis was on pottery, and punctuated by several years in the culinary field. I have also studied organic gardening and sustainable living, and reflect on the cosmos and the environment in my work. I am an avid traveler, and my interest in art goes beyond clay into the realms of sculpture, fabric works, and performance art.

Statement: My work starts with basic formal and conceptual concerns, and then through the manipulation of materials expands into a complex dialogue. I build up layers of clay, glaze, paint and fabric intuitively. Choosing to use wheel-thrown parts lends itself to curvaceous line and body.  Pots have been slashed and deconstructed like various fruit, collaborating with new, less-organic forms. As I build, each piece takes individual direction, reciting tales of my environment and memory with the overlying themes of growth, time, and cycles of existence. My task is to channel the direction of the material in conjunction with these stories. Though these stories are rarely obvious, their fundamental nature is held within each individual piece. Their importance lies in the essence of the form, which is the perfume of the vessel. The historical function of the pot as container has been transformed, displacing the object for a message.