Anna Valenti is a ceramic artist born in New York and raised throughout the United States. She creates woven clay vessels and her research is in hemp clay bodies. She received her BA from the University of Colorado Boulder, practiced there again as a ceramics post-baccalaureate student, and received her MFA from the Maine College of Art. She is the recipient of the 2020 NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship and 2021 Colorado Arts Grant.Anna has exhibited nationally at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, Bray North Gallery in Montana, The Clay Studio in Pennsylvania, Tippetts & Eccles Gallery in Utah, Soo Visual Arts Center in Minnesota, and the Hyde Museum in New York. Anna lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.
Stemming from family traditions of weaving, gardening, and jerry-rigging, my work centers around the ways we gather together. By softly weaving hemp clay vessels, I seek to create ceramic forms that sing to be used and shared daily. Both intimate and monumental, it is in the moments of connection that my work lingers.