Monica Guerrero was born in Lima, Peru, where she studied drawing and hand-built pottery at the Escuela de Bellas Artes and the Mokichi Okada Foundation. She is a graduate of Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos Mayor with a degree in Latin American art history.
Guerrero moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2005 where she currently resides. She has worked as Educator Coordinator at the Dali Museum in Saint Petersburg, Florida. As a pottery artist Guerrero has expanded her work to include glass fusion and watercolors designs.
Her blog “Barro y Arena” started as diary of her experiences on the potter’s wheel and cutting glass in Tampa, Florida: "I started writing for myself and for friends and family in Peru and around the world and little by little clay just took all my time, and since 2010 it has been my only occupation. It doesn’t mean that the academic has gone for good but it has taken a sabbatical".
I believe every object, no matter its humble function, may also serve as art. So, while I enjoy creating something where the primary purpose is to provide beauty, I favor that which provides practical utility. I hope my pots and tableware are used daily.
My pieces tend to depict a narrative. I use different techniques, each a form of drawing—mishima, sgraffito, carving, slip trailing and painting—that differ depending on the story or vignette I want to tell. I use free hand, which allows for spontaneous detail or for me to change the original thought.
The ideas for my designs come from many sources —nature, my background as a Peruvian Latin American Art Historian, ethnic art from around the world, children’s book illustrations, animation and cartoons. These influences can be seen throughout my work in subtle or overt ways. I fixate on a number of details—I have a constant fight, for example, with my tendency to respond to horror vacui.
Florida Craft Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Local Coop, St. Petersburg, Florida.
La Magia, Asheville, North Carolina.