Brenda Quinn

Artist Statement

My work is inspired by and is a nod to the broad history of decorative arts. Developing forms that have a utilitarian function and a dynamic design is like trying to solve an evolving equation with an elusive answer. For me, this equation becomes more complicated with the addition of an ever-expanding range of functions, techniques, and glazes to my working vocabulary. The chase for a solution is engaging; so much so that I’m often interjecting more variables into my process in order to keep the chase going.


Brenda Quinn was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Her interest in ceramics started during her sophomore year of college, however her fondness for functional and domestic objects goes back to her childhood.

She attended Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where she received a BFA in ceramics. Brenda then went on to receive her MFA in ceramics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She currently lives, works, and teaches in New York. She maintains a studio in her home where she lives with her husband, two daughters, three cats and two guinea pigs.

Brenda works with porcelain, combining hand-building and wheel-throwing to create objects that strike a balance between utility and aesthetics. Most of her pots are functional and intended to be used. Each pot is unique, and she is constantly exploring new forms and glazes.