Mónica Guerrero’s pottery depicts whimsical vignettes that illustrate joy and happiness. “I tend to draw what I see around me that intrigues me. I always think that the birds and squirrels are up to something . . . I try to capture those telling moments.”
Mónica 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 with a degree in Latin American art history. She moved to the US in 2005 and worked as Education Coordinator at the Dalí Museum in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Since 2013, she has been a full time ceramic artist and illustrator.
Mónica’s pottery is hand-built and done on the potter’s wheel. She free-hand carves all her pieces without stencils or stamps; therefore, every piece is slightly different and unique. She inlays black slip on the carved areas of each design then fires the pieces for the first time. Once the pieces are bisque, Mónica adds color using underglazes then applies several layers of glaze before firing them a second and final time. The pieces are fired at cone 6 (2232° F) in an electric kiln. All her pottery is strong and fully vitrified and has the characteristic ringing sound.
Throughout the various cultures and landscapes she has experienced, from the murmuring seaside to the dense greenery of the mountains, Mónica's art strives to highlight the happiness of nature and wildlife.
“I believe every object, no matter its humble function, may also serve as art. It is my aim that my pieces be used daily and loved so that hopefully they may become a family heirloom.”
She has participated in numerous juried shows throughout the US and Canada. Mónica's work is represented in galleries as diverse as Florida, Massachusetts, Louisiana and North Carolina.
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.
Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, Florida.
Local Shops 1, Gulfport, Florida
Gallery of the Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina
Creative Hands, Cape Cod, Massachusetts