Robin Roi
Medium: Ceramics/Pottery and Drawing

Studio Location:
18 Whitwell Place
Studio # Shapeshifter Lab

Phone: 917-789-4773



Artist Bio:

I grew up in North Carolina and studied painting both at the University of N.C. where I received my BFA and at Claremont University in California for my MFA. After graduate school, I returned to North Carolina and worked as a Visiting Artist through a grant with the North Carolina Arts Council. In 1977 I came to New York and became part of what was known as the "Pattern and Decoration" movement, exhibiting my work widely and was represented by the Barbara Gladstone gallery in N.Y. and Bruno Bischofberger in Europe. When not producing my own art, I have always worked in art related jobs; The Drawing Center in Soho, The American Crafts Museum, The Heller Glass Gallery.

In 1982, I went to work for Evergreene Architectural Arts, the largest restoration, mural and decorative arts studio in the world (seriously). After a few years as a studio artist, I became the Director of the Decorative Painting department, where, over the years, I was able to work on some of the most iconic buildings in the U.S. as well as smaller, jewel like residential projects.

After working at Evergreene Architectural Arts for 33 years, I retired in 2015. Since then, I have worked as lead restoration artist for the renowned "Jane's Carousel" in Dumbo, Brooklyn. However, my main activity has been working as a full time studio ceramic artist and painter working with mixed media on paper.

Artist Statement:
Artist's Statement

The Decorative Arts have always been my passion. I have devoted my career to the investigation, study and application of all things decorative and beautiful to my eye. This collection of ceramic vessels continues my journey.

After a career of painting on paper and walls, I have expanded to explore clay as a medium for my interests in pattern and design. Ceramics have infused my creativity with a new love for the three-dimensional canvas that is a vessel; a canvas that can be cut, scraped, stamped, carved, thrown, chopped and finally painted and glazed with pattern and design and not incidentally... utilized. More recently I have returned to painting and drawing on paper as well as a more sculptural approach to clay.

All images and text copyright Robin Roi