Andrea Fαbrega
Wheel-Thrown Porcelain in Miniature

 

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A sample of my great variety of functional wheel-thrown porcelain pots with high-fire reduction glazes


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 procedures.

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.

I was lucky to get some great press for the 2007 July 7 – 8 Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival:

See a 2-minute video 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.

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Show Schedule

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!

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Biographical Information

Education
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 moldmaking, 1990
MIT Student Art Association, Cambridge, MA, beginning and intermediate pottery wheel, 1989
DeCordova Museum School, Lincoln, MA, jewelry/silversmithing, 1989
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, B.S., economics, 1984

Juried Exhibitions/Galleries

  • "Big and Little: Artistry in Miniature", Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City, January 2001 - May 12, 2001
  • "Ceramics Monthly International Competition" during annual conference of NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts), Columbus, OH, March, 1999
  • 1999 Ceramic Competition, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, AL, Feb – April 1999
  • "People Play: the Art of the Toy", Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta, GA, Jun – Aug 1998
  • "California 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 1998
  • "Tureen du Jour", one of 18 invited to exhibit at the opening of the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, Sep – Nov 1997
  • "A Close Look at Miniatures" (Zoom sur les miniatures), Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec, Canada, May 1997 - Apr 1998
  • "Clay and Glass: Association of California Ceramic Artists", Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA, Mar - Apr 1997
  • "Intimate Objects: Contemporary Miniatures", The Stones Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Apr 1996
  • "Celestial Seasonings: A Loose Interpretation", a group show of contemporary ceramic teapots loosely inspired by Celestial Seasonings Teas, Celestial Seasonings Gallery, Boulder, CO, Apr 1996
  • "Treasures: A holiday show of 30 artists who work small", Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI, Nov – Jan 1996 and 1997
  • "Hot Tea ‘95: An Exhibition of Teapots by Contemporary Artists", del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Apr 1995
  • Solo exhibition of Miniature Vessels, Gallery Mido, Clearwater, FL, Jan 1995 and Jan 1996
  • Contemporary California Ceramics '93, Alvin Gittins Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, Sep - Oct 1993
  • On permanent exhibition at The Southwest Museum of Miniature Arts, Dallas, TX since 1994
  • On permanent exhibition at The Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City, MO since 1992

Awards/Honors
California State Fair Award of Excellence 1992
Honorable Mention, "Ceramics in Northern California", The Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, June-Aug 1996

Affiliations
Association of California Ceramic Artists: Exhibiting Member, since 1992
International Guild for Miniature Artisans: member since 1991; awarded Fellow status in 1994

Publications

  • "Honey, I Shrunk the Pots", San Francisco Examiner, July 11, 1997; Cover story on the Peninsula section, written by Debby Morse with color photos.
  • "Miniature Porcelain", Ceramics Monthly, May, 1994, p.34; 7-page story with cover photograph about my work including inspiration, techniques, glaze formulae, and business practices.
  • "Tiny Treasures", San Mateo County Times and Oakland Tribune, July 20, 1996; Cover story on the weekend sections, written by Jolene Thym with color photos.
  • "Petite 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.
  • "Fabulous Fabrega", Dolls House World, April, 1996, p.16; story written by Lynn Medhurst with several color photos.
  • "Big Pots, Little Pots", Miniature Collector, Summer 1993, p.22; an article with black & white and color photographs on the craft of miniature potting.
  • Peter Lane, Contemporary Porcelain: Materials, Techniques and Expressions, Chilton Book Company, Radnor, PA, 1995; my work is pictured.
  • Angela Fina, The Best of Pottery, The Best of Pottery 2, Quarry Books, Rockport, MA, 1996, 1998; my work is pictured.
  • "Porcelaine 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.
  • "The Perfect Pots of Andrea Fabrega", International Dolls House News, Spring 1995, p.11; article with color photos.
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Contact Information

Email: andrea dot fabrega at gmail dot com
Fax
: +1 650 321-7791

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Copyright 1998-2007 by Andrea M. Fabrega.
Last revised:
Saturday, June 05, 2010