Originally trained in Mumbai where I studied for a BA in English and Graphic design concurrently. I went on to study Ceramics and sculpture and started working professionally when I was awarded a Crafts Council setting-up grant.
Handbuilt sculptural forms are linked by deceptively simple surface patterning. The linear decorative technique is constantly evolving using coloured slip and underglaze colours.
My work has been exhibited in mixed and solo shows nationally and internationally and is included in many prestigious public and private collections including the Duke of Devonshire's collection at Chatsworth and at York Art Gallery, York.
I am a Fellow of the CPA and on the Crafts Council Index of selected Makers.
About my work ethos
'Loretta Braganza's pots are made in her studio in York using the simplest of tools.
They combine skills and knowledge learnt during a career in a variety of media.
The pots represent a way of working that ignores divisions between potter, painter and sculptor.
Her work is as absorbing and fascinating for its maker as it is appreciated by buyers concentrating on few but immaculately constructed pieces. Braganza is perhaps the archetype of the potter of the 21st century'
Paul Vincent writing in 'Ceramics in Society'
Selected extracts from some exhibition reviews
'There is no aspect of her work upon which Braganza has not reflected with great passion and lucidity. This instinctive process is fundamental to all her work. The move to Britain as a young woman and the various transitions from graphic art to sculpture and ceramics make her the quintessential post-modern figure, a fluidity of art form practice that is reflected in her own identity '
Dr. Nima Poovaya-Smith , Director, Alchemy on Elemental vessels
'In these pieces Braganza has literally incorporated elements of movement and displacement. A number of characteristics associated with sculpture have been imported into her practice – primarily, that her ceramic objects are unique, one-off artefacts, each articulating a repertoire of forms in different ways.'
David Briers, Art crictic and writer
I am very happy to welcome visitors to my studio by prior appointment.
Commissions also taken.
Address: 188C, Mount Vale, York, YO24 1DL, UK
Telephone: +44(0)1904 630454