dancing all my life, I turned to clay. My choreographing, performing
and teaching children have definitely had an impact on my clay world.
The themes I used and characters I portrayed in dance are now
finding themselves in my ceramic sculptures and functional pottery.
Hopefully they reflect the love, joy and playfulness I find in making
with clay at different temperatures using both electric and raku kilns.
Each piece dictates how it will be fired and glazed. Most of my pieces
move or suggest movement from rocking horse tea pots to children
swinging, dolls hanging, dresses evoking rhythms, to southern
churches illuminated by candle light. My dance studio has now become a
clay one and you may find me there happily improvising and
creating one of a kind pieces looking for homes.
Donna Rizzo became a full
time clay artist in 2002 after leaving a long career in dance. She has
received both the Governors Award in the Arts (distinguished artist) and
a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant. One of Donna's
carousels was selected as 1 of 33 pieces for the 2010 Best of Tennessee