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Silvie Granatelli

Biography to Display: 

1947Born New Orleans, Louisiana


1971BFA Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri

1975MFA Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana


1975Instructor of Ceramics, Extension Program, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois

1975Instructor of Ceramics, Extension Program, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

1976-1979Studio Potter, Athens, Georgia

1979-1982Resident Potter, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky

1982-1983Instructor of Ceramics & Director of Ceramics Apprenticeship Program, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky

1987-1999Adjunct Professor Instructor, Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, Virginia

1982—Studio Potter, Floyd, Virginia

1997—Assistant/Mentor Program for emerging potters, Floyd, Virginia

2008—Gallery Owner, TROIKA Gallery of Contemporary Crafts, Floyd, Virginia


 Silvie Granatelli is known for thrown and altered functional porcelain pieces influenced by Italian ceramics and the natural world around her rural Virginia studio. She is well known for her swan-handled pouring vessels. Granatelli primarily uses a porcelain body mixed with apple cider vinegar to create slip cast works. These are finished with either a stain or glaze and can be fired in a range of atmospheres. She typically uses a gas kiln fired up to cone 10.

Her work explores themes surrounding food and meals. She is especially interested in rituals and culture and the particular moods her tablewares evoke when used.

Granatelli's first experience with clay was in 1966 at the Kansas City Art Institute. She studied with Ken Ferguson who encouraged his students to pursue careers as potters. After graduate school she began creating pottery that focused on enhancing the serving of food and has followed this path for over 40 years. Each piece is created with the end use in mind

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, Virginia

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina



Bibliography to Display: 

Burkett, Richard. The Masters: Porcelain. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2007.

Granatelli, Silvie. “Sharing My Studio.” The Studio Potter (winter 2007-08).

_______________. “The Potter’s Life: Deeply Invested.” Ceramics Monthly (June-August) 2008.

Lark Books. 500 Animals in Clay. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2007.

Mills, Maureen E. Ceramic Surface Design. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2007.


CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Artist


Artist's Studio: Granatelli Pottery



Center for CraftSouthern Highland Craft Guild


Typical Marks

Black stain in a rectangle with "Granatelli" inscribed in script.

ca 2017
Swan Olive Oil Ewer
Date: 2013
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Crystalline Glaze, Matt Glaze

Wheel thrown and altered. Crystalline matte glaze.

Photo: Molly Selznick
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist
Covered Box
Date: ca 2017
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Bowl on Oval Base
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 5, 2023.