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Debra Olivia

Debra Olivia

Profile Location
Okemos , MI

Debra Oliva was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She attended Northern Illinois University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. After graduating, she went on to work in the printing industry for more than a decade.

Drawn to clay since elementary school it was not until she married and moved to Michigan that the opportunity to work with clay presented itself. She began taking classes at an area potter’s guild and continued her education attending over 80 workshops. She has been working in clay for 23 years and currently teaches adults and children at area art centers.

Her work has been awarded prizes in several national and international shows, and was selected for inclusion in Lark Books 500 Pitchers and the upcoming 500 Teapots II. She maintains a studio in her Okemos, Michigan home and sells her work through galleries and group ceramic shows.



Artist Statement

I describe my work as manifestations of the wisdom that has been passed to me from makers throughout history and new information I continue to seek. I thrive on the excitement of experimentation and each series involves an exploration of a process, material or form towards the expression of an idea. Particularly inspired by Japanese art and craft traditions I endeavor to create work that is an updated and personal interpretation of the qualities and spirit I appreciate in that aesthetic. Using form, line, color, pattern and texture I endeavor to convey a quiet yet strong temperament in a visually captivating object that has been meticulously and lovingly executed.


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