Vicky began working with clay about twenty-five years ago. While living in Naples, Italy from 1983 through 1987, she had the opportunity of studying at the Instituto della Porcellana e della Ceramica located on the grounds of the Capodimonte Palace. From the Italian masters of the institute, she learned techniques, which included making many types of flowers and leaves in the Capodimonte style, a tradition that dates back to the early 1700’s. This experience in Italy marked the first step in the process of her search for a clear direction in ceramic work.
Upon returning to the United States, Vicky worked with many techniques to enhance and combine with the ceramic processes she learned in Italy. She studied throwing on the potter’s wheel from an accomplished San Diego potter. Creating bowls and other forms became a necessary step in the development of her personal style.
Vicky maintains an interest in architecture including the extraordinary style of Antonio Gaudí. She is intrigued with texture, which is also seen in Gaudí’s work. The abstract and intricate forms are ones she has incorporated into her work of a hand built-slab technique. To these forms she applies various patterns and textures and creates free form, architectural objects. Specifically these forms become vessels, baskets, wall and table vases.
All of Vicky’s work is created in a studio at her home and in Studio 16B at the Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park. She is a member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist’s Guild, the Allied Artists Association of San Diego, Spanish Village Art Center, and Clay Artists of San Diego.
In 1997, Vicky was hired by the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center as Executive Director. She took the museum from a volunteer organization that opened its doors only one day per week to a professionally managed venue open four days per week. In addition to creating educational displays about the Sweetwater Valley history, she added many cultural features to the museum including art and music. Working as a clay artist since the mid 1980’s and with a serious interest in the visual arts, Vicky has organized many fine art exhibits in the Museum galleries and in various venues across San Diego County in order to give the artists additional professional venues to expose their work.