Demonstration at James R. Thompson Center, Illinois Artisans Shop 2013


Gina Lee Robbins is a visual and teaching artist who creates sculptural objects in clay and found materials.  Largely self-taught, she began working with ceramics over 20 years ago.

For the last ten years she has been working out of her home and in a shared ceramic studio in the Chicago area.  Her work has been exhibited in solo, invitational and juried group shows and competitions throughout the United States. She holds degrees in English and French language and literature, and teaches adult and children’s arts enrichment classes.  Her sculptures are part of private and corporate collections worldwide.



I create organic and abstract objects using clay, rubber and found materials.  I work intuitively, experimenting with the inherent potential and limitations of the media.  Constructing repetitive forms, I never know precisely where the process and materials will take me.  I push, pull, carve, distort and assemble until a form almost breathes in my hands.

My sculptures convey movement and intention.  Often pushing against social boundaries, they provoke both dissonance and sensuality.  Installations of my work can be simultaneously otherworldly and viscerally familiar.

Found materials, discarded by civilization or nature, are irresistible to me. In my work, they serve as an archaeological study of my personal journey, while referencing the universal tension and compromise between built and natural worlds. Through assembly and installation, I allude to narrative and forge a conceptual study of social mores.

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