Virginia Pates

Virginia Rood Pates is a contemporary American ceramic artist who creates wheel-thrown and altered forms in a wide variety of clay bodies, often including collected materials from the local environment and glazed with unusual colors and surfaces. 

After BFA studies in her native Mississippi, Pates completed an MFA in Ceramics from the University of WalesInstitute in Cardiff, U.K. She has lectured in England, Mississippi and Arizona, and is currently an Associate Professor in Ceramics at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia.

As an internationally exhibited ceramic artist, Pates has won multiple awards in her field, including grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Mississippi Arts Commission, and residencies in Arizona and Ireland. Her work was recently selected for the 2012 International Academy of Ceramics Exhibition, the 2013 Virginia Clay Invitational, and the 2015 NCECA Biennial.

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Virginia Pates
"Dirty Porcelain Basin", 2015
English porcelain with Irish linen fiber and inclusions of clay and other dirt from Mexico, Arizona and
Virginia; wheel-thrown and altered; fired to cone 6 oxidation
4" x 12" x 12"

Virginia Pares
"The Gadino Turn", 2015
White stoneware with inclusions of red clay from the end of Schoolhouse Road, Washington, VA;
wheel-thrown and altered; fired to cone 6 oxidation
6" x 7" x 7.5"

Virginia Pate
"Orange Pot" 2015
English porcelain with Irish linen and inclusions of red clay from the South Yard excavation
at Montpellier in Orange, VA; wheel-thrown and altered; fired to cone 6 oxidation
6.5" x 7" x 8"

Virginia Pates
"The End of Schoolhouse Road", 2015
White stoneware with cottonwood tree fiber from Shenendoah, VA, and red clay from the end of Schoolhouse Road, Washington, VA; wheel-thrown and altered; fired to cone 6 oxidation
7.5" x 13.5" x 13.5"

Virginia Pates
"Chartreus Flower", 2015
Recycled stoneware; wheel-thrown and altered; oxidation fired to cone 6    
7” x 11” x 11"

Virginia Pates
"The Grimm Tennis Court", 2015
White stoneware with inclusions of Rapidan River clay from Ben and Lucy Ann Grimm’s tennis court
Wheel-thrown and altered; cone 6 oxidation fired
5" x 12" x 12"

Virginia Pates
"Large Cracked Spaceship", 2013
Recycled stoneware, thrown and altered; oxidation fired to cone 6                                                                                       6" x 10" x 10