I had my first studio over thirty years ago on the front porch of my family's California bungalow home. Working there on a homemade potter's wheel and sculpting clay by hand when I was a teenager started the journey that led me to a Masters Degree in Art from UCLA.
Growing up in Los Angeles I was exposed multi cultural influences and all kinds of art. In my work I try to synthesize influences ranging from the heritage of the American crafts movement to funk and pop art. All the pieces I offer at Venice Clay are my original designs. My goal is to produce ceramics that is immaculately crafted, intelligent and humorous - suitable for anything from a modernist to craftsman style homes or personal Zen retreat.
Everything is personally handmade made by the artist Gary Steinborn and his studio associate Deanna Watkins.
The Buddha cat figurines as well as all the other designs are original artworks copyrighted by Gary Steinborn. Our vases are new designs by Gary, inspired by the work of arts and craft factories such as Grueby, Teco and Rookwood.
All of our artwork is available in 24 matt glaze colors. In addition the figurines are available in celedon and white crackle finishes. The sizes range from little puppies and kittens a few inches high up to sculptures and vases thirteen inches tall.