Louis Colombarini

Louis Colombarini, Smithville, TN

Colombarini became interested in ceramics in his senior year of college at Suny at Geneseo in Western New York where he graduated with a BA in art history. After finishing his electives as a junior, he tried his hand at studio art; drawing, painting, jewelry, clay and more.

Over the past 15 years, his technique has developed into a combination of wheel-throwing, hand-building, slump clay and slip-casting. His personal favorites are a 21 inch disc vase and a 20 inch hanging dome. “the shapes are more conducive to really unique and unusual copper patinas and fire clouds.

In his 20’s, Colombarini was a Fort Lauderdale firefighter. Says Colombarini, “You might say I went from putting out fires to making fires.”

“My clay art continues to evolve as I welcome another challenge. Most recently, I have embraced the surprise and spontaneity of primitive pit-firing as well as the art of slip-trail surface design.”