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Adrian Arleo

Biography to Display: 

1960 Born Tarrytown, New York


1983 BA Art and Anthropology, Honors in Art, Pitzer College, Claremont, California

1983-1984 Graduate Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

1986 MFA Ceramics, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island


1986-1987 Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland, Oregon

1987-1988 Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, Oregon

2012 Jorden Schnitzer Print Making Residency, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, Oregon


Studio artist


Adrian Arleo is a ceramic sculptor whose work focuses on human and animal forms. Her sculptures can represent a human figure, an animal form or both. Each piece begins with a sketch that is transformed into three dimensions using one inch diameter extruded coils. Arleo uses glazes to finish her surfaces, sometimes she employs the encaustic technique, and metallic leaf may also appear on her figures.

The coils are rolled to compress the clay and decrease their diameters. The looseness of the hand building process allows her to build the figural forms she employs. Often the poses she gives her human figures reference Greek and Roman sculptures. Her surfaces are typically highly textured. Inspiration comes from the natural world around her. Perhaps it’s honeycomb, the strata of a mountain side, the bark of a tree or fur or feathers. 

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

Icheon World Ceramic Center, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Kings County Public Art Collection, Kings County, Washington

Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia

Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Seattle University, Seattle, Washington

Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana


Bibliography to Display: 

Arleo, Adrian. “An O.S.A.C. Residency”, Ceramics Monthly (November 1987).

____________. “Adrian Arleo’s Figure Teapots”, Kerameiki Techni (2003).

____________. “Building Large Figurative Sculpture”, NCECA Journal 15 (1994-95).

____________. “Emerging Talent,” NCECA Journal 11 (1990-91).

____________. “Form and Experience”, The Studio Potter (December/January 1987-88).

____________. “Working Sculptor Feature”, Ceramics Monthly (January 2010).

Lark Crafts. The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay. Ashville, NC: Lark Books, 2012.

Tourtillott, Suzanne J. Figure in Clay: Contemporary Sculpting Techniques by Master Artists. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing, 2005.


CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California



Typical Marks

"Arleo" plus date written in cursive either in black marker or chalk or etched into clay. At base of the foot

Creating Darkness Between Light
Date: 1998
Form: Sculpture
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Textured Surface
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, April 16, 2016, lot #3
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, April 16, 2016, lot #3
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Date: 2002
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Bird on a Branch
Date: 2016
Form: Sculpture
Method: Hand-Built, Carved
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified July 4, 2023.