Naomi Brahinsky

I was born in Brooklyn, and spent some years in California, Pennsylvania and NY State before moving to Roosevelt in 1976.

I've been interested in clay since the 2nd grade when my teacher chose my ceramic piece for a hallway exhibition. However, it wasn't until I met Paulus Berensohn, potter and author of Finding Ones way With Clay, that I began to study ceramics. His unique approach using meditation with clay and connecting with nature inspired me. I soon took every class available at the local college and a few years later became a studio assistant at The Roberson Center for the Arts in Binghamton, N.Y.

When I moved to Roosevelt I became one of the Artists in Residence at the Roosevelt Public School for five years and continued attending craft shows and showing my work in galleries. I continue to participate in annual group shows as a member of the Roosevelt Arts Project.

I love clay and the magic of earth, air, fire and water combining and transforming. I enjoy exploring various firing techniques and regularly travel to New York City and the Hudson Valley to participate in wood and gas firings. In my studio I experiment with sawdust firings and love the unexpected and beautiful surfaces that are produced. My work is primarily functional and I enjoy that it can be used for many years in the everyday lives of friends, family, and strangers.

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