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Virginia San Fratello



The Uphoria look both back and forward simultaneously. They are crafted of the artist's ancestral clay from Italy and Sicily and represent both a journey to her homeland to discover the terroir of her ancestors and simultaneously serve as emblems of her future. Each vessel is an investigation into a traditional form that can be found in ancient Roman amphorae and is reinterpreted through the opportunities and limitations that occur when 3D printing with clay. 


San Fratello draws, builds, 3D prints, teaches, and writes about architecture and interior design as a cultural endeavor deeply influenced by craft traditions and contemporary technologies.  She is a founding partner in the Oakland , CA based make-tank Emerging Objects and the co-author of Printing Architecture: Innovative Recipes for 3D Printing (Princeton Architectural Press 2018), a book that reexamines the building process from the bottom up and offers illuminating case studies for 3D printing with materials like chardonnay grape skins, salt and sawdust. Her work has been published widely, including in the New York Times, and is recognized by several institutions including:  LACMA, The National Building Museum and included in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Design Museum in London.

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