"Grounded in functionality and design, I want to make pieces that are quiet and slow to balance out a fast paced world. Repetition complements the honesty of skill and craft but allows for a development of new ideas. I work slowly to produce clean forms and lines but then add hints of imperfection to give the personality of a handmade object.”   Bianka Groves


Bianka Groves currently lives in Minneapolis where she makes work out of her home studio.  She has lived in California, South Dakota, Illinois, and in the mountains of Colorado.  Groves received her BFA from Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, DC.  Her work is simple and calm; it is intended to add balance to a fast paced world.  There is a bold contrast between the white of the porcelain and the incised black lines, but her sense of touch is very delicate.  Each piece shows Groveshand at play.  She uses a mishima process, which entails covering the piece in wax, and drawing thru it with razors or acupuncture needles to achieve a thin, constant line, painting the carved areas in black glaze and wiping off anything that is not in the lines.  This creates a tattoo-like effect on the clay.  Her high-fire porcelain wares are polished after firing to create a satiny, soft touch. 






  • Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington DC, Bachelors of Fine Art


  • Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Il, Mobility Program


  • Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, Co




  •  Crafted, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
  •  Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, Zanesville, OH
  •  Luminosity, PPCC Downtown Studio Art Gallery, Colorado Springs, Co
  •  Cup: The Intimate Object X, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
  •  Ready, Set: Contemporary Tableware, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Il
  •  Art of the Cup: Invitational, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
  •  Indelible, Baltimore Clayworks, MD
  •  Drink This! Workhouse International Cup Show, Lorton, VA



  •   Flux Studio’s 1st Annual Cup Show Invitational, Washington DC
  •   CRAFTED, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
  •   Winterfest 2013, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
  •   Rival Cities-One Field, The Clay Place at Standard, Carnegie, PA
  •   Artifacts From the Inferno, Juror Jack Troy, Baltimore, MD
  •   Cup: The Intimate Object IX, Charlie Cummings, Gainesville, FL, (Invitational)
  •   Game Set Match, Juror Ayumi Horie, Baltimore Clayworks , MD
  •   Multiplicity, Julio Fine Arts Gallery, Loyola University, MD, (Invitational)



  •  Its Only Clay, Bemidji Community Art Center, Bemidji, MN
  •  Studio 4903, Holiday Show, DC, (Invitational)
  •  Lines Into Shapes, Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, CO
  •  Dining In V: An Artful Experience, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
  •  Creme de la Corcoran, Area 405 Gallery, Baltimore, MD
  •  Next: Class of 2012 BFA Thesis Show, Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC
  •  Corcoran Ceramics Annual, CCAD, DC
  •  Ceramic Sutra, Baltimore Clayworks, MD, (Invitational)
  •  Emerging Corcoran BFA Student Show, The Fridge, DC
  •  Daily Companions, Baltimore Clayworks



  •  Impulse and Outburst, Civilian Art Gallery, DC, (Invitational)
  •  Fine Art Senior Thesis Preview, CCAD, DC
  •  Studio 4903, Holiday Show, DC, (Invitational)
  •  Flux Gallery, Open House Show & Sale, Mt. Rainer, MD
  •  Art Off the Walls, Student Sale, CCAD, DC
  •  The Unseen, White Halls, CCAD, DC
  •  Focus, White Walls Gallery, CCAD, DC
  •  (e)merge art fair, Washington DC, (Invitational)
  •  Flux Gallery, Holiday Show, Mt. Rainer, MD
  •  Corcoran Ceramics Annual, DC
  •  Kansas City Clay Guild Tea Bowl National, Kansas City, KS


Awards & Scholarships

  •  Anne and Ronald Abramson Award for Excellence in Ceramics, 2012
  •  Windgate Scholarship for Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, 2012
  •  Martha von Hirsch Memorial Scholarship in sculpture, 2011
  •  Foundation Faculty Award in ceramics, 2010
  •  Directors Choice Award, functional ceramics, 2009
  •  Spring 2009 Student Art Exhibit, (3rd place), Pikes Peak College, 2009
  •  Emerging Ceramic Artist Mentorship, Augustana College, SD, 1998



  •  Baltimore's Art Authority, 'Art I'd Buy', March 2014
  •  Ceramics Monthly, 'Exposure', November, 2013
  •  Washington CITYPAPER, Arts Desk Reviewed: Next at the Corcoran, 2012 
  •  Complex Art & Design, A Curator's Walkthrough of Next at the Corcoran, 2012
  •  Washington Sculptors Group Magazine, 2010
  •  CNN presentation for Empty Bowls, online & televised, 2009
  •  AlmaGre, Pikes Peak College Annual Student Art Journal, 2008-09