Lee Arts Center Artists in Residence
Alfredo Ratinoff was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he trained in ceramics with his master Teodolina Garcia Cabo starting at the age of eleven. He studied at the National School of Ceramics and also studied drawing and painting at the National Art Academy.
Mr. Ratinoff specializes in large scale installations of tile and mosaic murals and his works are in many private collections all over the United States, and have been exhibited at the Museum of the Americas at the OAS, The N.A.S.A Headquarters in Washington D.C, The AT&T Headquarters in Oakton ,VA, Barnes & Noble Corporation in Rockville, MD and New York, N.Y, Strathmore Hall Art Center, Bethesda, MD, and his work is in the permanent collection at the Embassy of Argentina.
In 2004, he created a stained glass piece for the mausoleum of the renowned Cuban singer Celia Cruz in Bronx, N.Y Most recently, he was selected to be the artist in residence for the AARP Foundation during the 2007 Women’s Vision Summit in Tucson, AZ where he created one-of-a-kind pieces that were presented to corporate donors.
Mr. Ratinoff is currently a faculty member for the ceramics department at the Resident Associates Program at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He was selected by the Embassy of Italy to work in the 2004 summer program at Georgetown University teaching mosaic workshops sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment of Humanities in Washington D.C.
In 2007 he was invited by the Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies at the University of Maryland as a faculty member to teach ceramics at the Multi-Disciplinary Summer Institute for Maryland School Teachers. In 2008, as the current artist-in-residence for Lee Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia, he designed mosaic columns for the center’s Butterfly Garden for Arlington County residents. During fall 2008, he completed his installation of “Zodiac Art” at the mansion at Strathmore Music Center. He serves also as a curator for the art committee at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. This year, Mr. Ratinoff was invited as a visiting artist by Bonnie Fitzgerald, President of Maverick Mosaics in Vienna, VA, to teach two mosaic workshops in her studio. Currently he resides in Hyattsville, MD where he also has his private studio. http://www.alfredoratinoff.com
Ramon Camarillo: Visiting Artist
Ramon Camarillo was born and raised in Hawai’i before making his way to the east coast in 1996, bringing his ukulele and his dynamic style of wheel-throwing large vessels, which gained him national recognition in the clay and pottery industry.
Once on the mainland, he started gaining national recognition in the clay industry. His work has been exhibited at Baltimore Clayworks in MD, the Smithsonian Institution in DC , and the Ellipse Arts Center in Arlington, VA to name a few; and both Clay Times and Ceramics Monthly magazines have featured his work. He shares his knowledge and techniques effusively through a wide variety of workshops and demonstrations all over the east coast. He is currently the Art Attache for the U.S. State Department's Arts in the Embassies Program.
His unique method of throwing a 25-pound bad of clay, in a single wheel session, into a pot that defies the typical limitations of clay in size and thickness is one of Ramon’s trademarks. These forms can sometimes reach as high as 32” and the walls can be as thin as 1/8”. It can be quite a surprise to pick up one of these beautiful artforms, as they are always surprisingly lightweight.
But the challenge for Ramon is not only in the size, but the shape the vessel takes, which is never planned. “The shape of the pot comes to life during my ‘exchange’ with the clay as I work with it,” he explains, “ but no size or shape can make the pot special if the finishing touch of the glaze is not a complement to the form.” Ramon uses a variety of slips and glazes as a spontaneous expression of his imagination, which are then fired at low-temperatures (1600-1800º) in a raku kiln until red-hot, then transferred to a bin or a ground-pit with combustible material in it, such as paper, leaves, wood or sawdust. Depending on how the fire and smoke interact with the glazes, the spontaneous and unanticipated results create surfaces and textures that are irreproducible and one-of-a-kind. http://www.ramoncamarillo.com
Wayne Willson attended Howard University earning a BFA in Ceramics with a minor in Art History. He later received his MFA in ceramics with a minor in Silversmithing from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Additionally, he studied at Vally Possony in Virginia; Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina; and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Tennessee.
Throughout his career, Mr. Willson has studied with numerous master potters: Don Reitz, Cynthia Bringle, Toshiko Takaizu, Ken Ferguson, Karen Karnes, Warren McKenzie, Victor Spinski, Jack Troy, Lana Wilson, Paul Dresang and Bill Schran. He has extensive experience in teaching, and was a studio art teacher for Fairfax County Schools for 25 years during which time he chaired the Art Departments for two schools. He was a Ceramics Instructor at both Summer Art Institute and Pine Ridge Pottery, Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at George Washington University and Northern Virginia Community College and is presently an Artist in Residence at the Lee Arts Center.
Mr. Willson's method of instruction for the beginning potter is to teach that it is important to develop a series of movements that are economical, efficient, and mainly, repeatable. A smooth transition between the movements produces a seemingly effortless beauty that is a source of endless pleasure and inner peace. Learning to eliminate superfluous and unnecessary movements should be the beginner’s primary focus. Mastery of a set of basic steps is, to him, the backbone of proficient throwing.
Malcolm Davis: In Memoriam
For many years Malcolm was a resident- and visiting-artist here at the Lee Arts Center. We will miss his gregarious ways, his humor, his bent for storytelling and his beautiful pottery.
Malcolm Davis had been a full-time studio potter since 1984 when he left his previous life as campus minister. He took his first ceramics class in 1974 and since 1985 has maintained his mountaintop studio in Upshur County, WV. He was internationally recognized for his work with shino-type glazes, specifically for the creation of a unique ultra Carbontrap shino-type formula with a high concentration of soluble soda ash, which encourages the trapping of carbon in the early stages of the firing.
He was the recipient of numerous awards, including four grants from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and was a finalist in the 1995 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation/NEA Visual Artists Fellowships. Other awards include the Purchase Award at the Ceramics Monthly International Competition (1999), First Place in the 1996 Strictly Functional Pottery Show, Feats of Clay XIII and XIV Merit Awards, Orton Purchase Awards in 1994 and 1996, Crosscurrents All Media Award at the Stifel Fine Arts in Wheeling (1990. 1996), WV Juried Exhibition Merit Award in 1996, and Awards for Clay Cup VII and Clay Cup IV.
He has exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, the Smithsonian Craft Show and the American Craft Council Craft Shows. He has been an artist-in-residence at Artpark in Lewiston, NY; Baltimore Clayworks; Greenwich House Pottery (NYC); The Clay Studio in Philadelphia; Red Star Studios in Kansas City; Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis; Waubonsee Community College in Illinois and the Lee Arts Center in Virginia.
Malcolm’s work was included in collections at the American Crafts Museum; The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY; the Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; Mobach Collection, Utrecht, Holland; Orton Permanent Collection; Arthur and Lillian Weiss Collection; Bailey Ceramics Collection; Old Church Cultural Center in Demarest, NJ; Highwater Clay Permanent Collection, Asheville, NH; American Art Clay Collection, Indianapolis, IN and the Twentieth Century Collection, Sarah Lawrence College in NY.