Sally Russell Art Studio

Artist Profile

Sally Russell is a California girl. Born in San Francisco and raised in one of California’s most magical settings, the Monterey Peninsula. She’s a fourth generation native and comes from a bohemian bloodline. Her great, great uncle was a cofounder of Carmel, which is still an artist’s haven today.

Needless to say, Sally was born with the creative gene. She has a keen sense of style, a passion for art and a gift for mixing and matching elements. She’s adventurous and daring and her personality is reflected in her work.

Raised in a tennis family, Sally was a ranked junior and collegiate player. She attended a variety of California Universities; Cal Poly State University SLO, SF State University and UCSB experimenting in textiles and studio art, but didn’t really find her creative expression until several years later.

Sally has been greatly inspired by the works of Viola Frey, Niki de Saint Phalle and Joan Brown.

In the mid 1990’s Sally began her exploration in clay. She was drawn to the irregularity of hand-building and the ease of acquiring texture. She soon developed a signature style mixing shapes, texture, color and pattern, and became fascinated with the interplay of these elements and the unlimited possibilities they create. Hence, her bold ceramic totems were conceived.

“Sally’s totems are pure vitality and joy”, says one of her collectors.

In addition to sculpture, Sally has also created a line of ceramic dinnerware and home textiles. She was able to bring her hand-built organic touch and playfulness to everyday, functional objects which she sells online and to boutiques across the country.

She lives and creates in Carmel Valley with her husband and 4 year old daughter. “It’s a wonderful juggling act” she says.

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