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Vincent Sansone

Vincent Sansone
Director of Ceramics & Sculpture Dept.

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Vince has more than 30 years of experience as a professional potter and arts educator. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He joined the Three-Dimensional Art Department at Crealdé in the 1970s. Vince's whimsical creations have been exhibited throughout the United States, and are held in numerous private and public collections, including the Pine Castle Folk Art Center, SunTrust Bank, Orange County Public Library, and the City of Orlando.

He is a four-time recipient of the United Arts of Central Florida Individual Artist Recognition Award. He received an Honorable Mention from the State of Florida in 2000 for the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Program.

Artist's Statement

"There is an orchid cactus in front of my house in a large pot. It has long ago outgrown the pot but still flourishes. Three or four times a year it blooms, sometimes only a couple of blooms or as many as a dozen. It is a night-blooming cactus and once the flower opens it withers and dies by mid-morning. The big white blossoms remind me of fireworks bursting and it comes and goes almost as quickly. Yet it is always beautiful, always glorious.

"As a craftsman I have had to be very prolific and work many years to achieve the beautiful pieces no matter how few there may have been, while the orchid cactus produced a beautiful blossom effortlessly each time. I have thought that it would be great if I could produce a beautiful piece each time I touch the clay, but then I remind myself that if that were the case it might also disappear as quickly as the flower. Over the years the work progresses and hopefully the exceptional pieces will come with more frequency, more regularity. It is for this that I work and when I open the kiln each time, I hope. "


Bottlebrush Totem, Stoneware

Garden Lantern, Stoneware

Double Pickle Cycle, Stoneware

Bird Jester, Stoneware

Selected Awards 

Best of Show, Fiesta in the Park, Orlando FL, 2003, 2006, 2007

Artist's Recognition Award, Art Services Council: 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998

Honorable Mention, Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Award: 1995-96, 2000-01, 01-02

Artworks, Award of Distinction, Jacksonville, Fla., 2001

Craft Art, Award of Distinction, Tampa, Fla., 2001

Selected Exhibitions

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL, 2006, 2007, 2008

The Maquette, Ideas & Process,
Jenkins Gallery, Crealdé School Of Art, Winter Park, FL, May 2007

Forms & Shapes, The Useful Teapot, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA, 2006

Plates & Platters, Jenkins Gallery, Crealdé School of Art, Winter Park, FL, 2004

First Taiwan Ceramics Biennale Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan, 2004

Three-person Show, River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, 2004

One Man Show
, Melbourne (FL) Museum of Art & Science, 2003

For the Birds, Blue Spiral 1 Fine Art Gallery, Asheville, N.C., 2002

Imaginings,  River Gallery, Chattanooga, Tenn., 2001

Permanent Collections

Maitland Art Center, Maitland, FL

Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando, FL

Prince of Peace, Orlando, FL

Raymond, James & Assoc., Clearwater, FL

SunTrust of Florida, Orlando, FL

State of Illinois, Historical Preservation Society, Springfield, IL

City of Orlando, Florida Artists Collection, Orlando, FL

Orange County Public Library, Orlando, Fl.

Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

* Numerous private collections


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