"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 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 Groves’ hand at play. She uses a mishima process, which entails covering the piece in wax, and drawing through 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.