Wheel-Thrown Porcelain in Miniature
A sample of my great
variety of functional wheel-thrown porcelain pots with high-fire reduction
I create wheel-thrown one-of-a-kind functional miniature porcelain vessels
under 1-1/2 inches high, finished with a myriad of decorating techniques and firing
I started making miniature pots in an attempt to recapture the sense of play
I felt my adult life was lacking. Very soon into this journey, however, I was
overcome by the amazing and unlimited potential of porcelain. Pushing the
material to perform on a micro scale fascinates me. My goal is to distill the
elements of a functioning vessel into a tiny space. I want to draw the viewer
in and offer an intense and personal experience; focusing on a such a tiny
object can block out for a few moments the larger world, and hopefully evoke
ceramics traditions of times past as well as the sense of whimsy which is the
reason I was drawn to miniature pots in the first place.
lucky to get some great press for the 2007 July 7 8 Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival:
feature (2007 July 06) about my work on NBC11 TV (San
Jose Oakland San Francisco)!
See the Palo Alto
Weekly (2007 July 06) article
about my work.
See the San Jose
Mercury News (2007 June 30) article
about my work.
I sell my work at ceramics, craft, and miniature shows around the world. I
have cut back substantially on my show appearances. I do not plan to be at any show in 2011,
including the ACGA Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival in July. Please note that although they are wonderful shows that
I have done for many years, I will NOT be at either the IGMA Guild Show or Philadelphia Miniaturia
in 2010 or 2011.
Since each of my
creations is handmade and unique, I sell my work only at retail shows!
San Jose State University, San Jose,
CA, independent study in the ceramic department, 1991-1993
San Francisco State University, glaze chemistry, Fall, 1991
Radcliffe Pottery Studio, Cambridge, MA, seminars in glaze chemistry and
MIT Student Art Association, Cambridge, MA, beginning and intermediate pottery
DeCordova Museum School, Lincoln, MA, jewelry/silversmithing, 1989
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, B.S., economics, 1984
and Little: Artistry in Miniature", Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City, January 2001 - May 12,
Monthly International Competition" during annual conference of NCECA
(National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts), Columbus, OH,
Ceramic Competition, Kennedy-Douglass
Center for the Arts, Florence, AL,
Feb April 1999
Play: the Art of the Toy", Spruill
Center for the Arts, Atlanta, GA,
Jun Aug 1998
Clay Competition", one of 31 works at The Artery, Davis, CA,
Apr May 1998
- "Long Beach Arts 93rd National Open", Long Beach Museum
of Art, Feb Mar
du Jour", one of 18 invited to exhibit at the opening of the Northern Clay
Center, Minneapolis, MN,
Sep Nov 1997
Close Look at Miniatures" (Zoom sur les miniatures), Musee de la
Civilisation, Quebec, Canada, May 1997 - Apr 1998
and Glass: Association of California
Ceramic Artists", Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA,
Mar - Apr 1997
Objects: Contemporary Miniatures", The Stones Gallery, San Francisco, CA,
Seasonings: A Loose Interpretation", a group show of contemporary
ceramic teapots loosely inspired by Celestial Seasonings Teas, Celestial
Seasonings Gallery, Boulder, CO, Apr 1996
A holiday show of 30 artists who work small", Kohler
Sheboygan, WI, Nov Jan 1996 and 1997
Tea 95: An Exhibition of Teapots by Contemporary Artists", del Mano
Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Apr 1995
exhibition of Miniature Vessels, Gallery Mido, Clearwater, FL,
Jan 1995 and Jan 1996
California Ceramics '93, Alvin Gittins
Gallery, Salt Lake City,
UT, Sep - Oct 1993
permanent exhibition at The Southwest Museum of Miniature Arts, Dallas, TX
permanent exhibition at The Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City, MO since 1992
California State Fair Award of Excellence 1992
Honorable Mention, "Ceramics in Northern California", The Bedford Gallery,
Walnut Creek, CA, June-Aug 1996
Association of California Ceramic Artists: Exhibiting Member, since 1992
International Guild for Miniature Artisans: member since 1991; awarded Fellow
status in 1994
I Shrunk the Pots", San Francisco Examiner, July 11, 1997;
Cover story on the Peninsula section,
written by Debby Morse with color photos.
Porcelain", Ceramics Monthly, May, 1994, p.34; 7-page story
with cover photograph about my work including inspiration, techniques,
glaze formulae, and business practices.
Treasures", San Mateo County Times and Oakland Tribune,
July 20, 1996; Cover story on the weekend sections, written by Jolene Thym
with color photos.
Porcelain Pots", Palo Alto Weekly Weekend Edition, July 14,
1995, p.10; Full-page story written by Monica Hayde with cover photograph
and inside photos.
Fabrega", Dolls House World, April, 1996, p.16; story written
by Lynn Medhurst with several color photos.
Pots, Little Pots", Miniature Collector, Summer 1993, p.22; an
article with black & white and color photographs on the craft of
Lane, Contemporary Porcelain: Materials, Techniques and Expressions,
Chilton Book Company, Radnor,
PA, 1995; my work is
Fina, The Best of Pottery, The Best of Pottery 2, Quarry
Books, Rockport, MA, 1996, 1998; my work is pictured.
En Miniature par Andrea Fabrega", Le Magazine De La Maison De
Poupee, Winter 1994-1995, p.23; an article with black and white and
color photographs of my pots and techniques.
Perfect Pots of Andrea Fabrega", International Dolls House News,
Spring 1995, p.11; article with color photos.
Email: andrea dot fabrega at gmail dot com
Fax: +1 650 321-7791
by Andrea M. Fabrega.
Last revised: Saturday, June 05, 2010