b. c. 1935
Angela Fina was introduced to ceramics by her high school teacher, Zelda Stecker. She received her B.S. ifrom the Art at the Nazareth College of Rochester, New York, in 1959. Fina earner her MFA in ceramics in 1965 from the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology, studying with Frans Wildenhain and Hobart Cowles. She worked from 1962 to 1967 as Assistant and Associate Professor of Art at Nazareth College of Rochester, in the ceramics and drawing departments. In 1968 to 1969 she was Professor of Creative Arts at Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario, Canada, and from 1970-1977 she was Professor of Ceramics at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. From 1978 to the present she has been a self-employed potter in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Fina: "Over the past 20 years I have worked in high temperature porcelain, which allows for refinement of shape, and is a wonderful ground for glaze color. The chemistry and formulation of glazes has been a lifelong pursuit. I never fire a kiln without at least one new glaze test. Over years of testing and refining, I have developed a palette of colors and textures that continues to build.
My interest in utility has led me to make a large body of work for serving and eating food, such as casseroles and dinnerware sets. But most of my work for the past 10 years has been for flower arrangers, both Japanese Ikebana style and American Federated style. I have worked closely with Ikenbono master, Ritsu Chojin at my mentor, and continue to study the specific needs of the different schools of arranging. I have developed a great respect for these floral artists. Their art is still developing and changing, so I need to keep learning and finding new forms and colors each year. I enjoy knowing that my work is taken seriously by arrangers who use my pieces as an integral part of their art."