Originally from the Washington DC area I have now settled in Sioux Falls, SD where I teach and run the ceramics facility at Augustana University. I hold a MFA in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale IL, and an BFA in Crafts from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.
Pictured: Molly and Morweena
I have an active studio practice where I create both functional and sculptural works. My passion for the material of clay is demonstrated through my exploration of utilitarian forms, animal figurative sculptures and my interactive dining series which combines sculpture and function paying homage to European historical decorative arts.
Pictured: Serving Platter (left); Two lidded Container- “Interactive Dining” examples (right) by Molly Uravitch
To create my forms, I combine many ceramic techniques including pinch, coil and slab construction, thrown and altar forms and using hump and slump molds. I work in both low and mid-range firing using terracotta and B-mix to create my works.
Pictured: Process Image, The base for a table by Molly Uravitch
My research explores animals and plant life from the natural and imaginary world. All of my work embraces the concept of maximalism. I have a deep love of combining carved textures with layered color and pattern to create dynamic surfaces.
Pictured: Candelabra by Molly Uravitch
Once a vessel or creature is made, I begin the process of surface decoration though carving. After firing I use underglazes to create my surface color and patterns, finishing with a clear coat.
Pictured: Lizard Triptych by Molly Uravitch
My work being exhibited in Small Works is a carved lidded jar depicting flowers. This piece was thrown, with sculpted components added, then carved when leather hard. After bisque firing, black underglaze was inlayed into the carved areas prior to the color being painted on. This piece was made using B-mix, and fired to cone 6 oxidation.
Pictured: Floral Jar by Molly Uravitch (included in Small Works 2023)
Small Works 2023 includes 219 works of art by 204 artists from 29 states and runs through Friday, December 22, 2023.