Rhona Polonsky, Ceramics

I was instantly hooked to a material [clay] that was so forgiving and ever changing. For me it was a material that I could explore with inquiry.

Rhona Polonsky

Over half of my life was spent in Asia and Africa as a teacher and librarian in international schools, and throughout all of my life I sought outlets for my creativity.

My work as a teacher satisfied that creative thirst, for a while. I needed more. While living in Indonesia, I took life drawing classes with Teguh Ostenrik, an Indonesian artist. I discovered how deeply I desired another level of creativity. Teguh suggested that I work in clay. I was instantly hooked to a material that was so forgiving and ever changing. For me it was a material that I could explore with inquiry. I worked under the tutelage of an Indonesian sculptor Dolorosa Sinaga (@dolorosasinaga) who inspired my progress in clay.

In my decade in Africa, split between the rich cultures of Ghana and South Africa, I studied ceramics under the guidance of veteran potters John Shirley and Michele Legg at The Pottery Studio in Johannesburg. It was here that I embarked on an exploration of ceramic vessels. In 2018, my work was accepted and shown at the Ceramics Southern Africa Regional Exhibition.

My move to Asheville in 2019 was partly inspired from the creative opportunities I knew existed here. My work can be found at the Mars Landing Gallery in Mars Hill as well as the Odyssey Gallery in the River Arts District.

Rhona Polonsky

https://www.rhonapottery.com/

@rpolonksy