With a career spanning over 55 years, Washington State artist Patti Warashina has established herself as an artistic icon, especially in the media of ceramics. She uses the figure as a vehicle to portray what she draws from her own daily life experiences, as well as the absurdities and foibles from the civilization in which we live. Her characters become the actors in her introspective narratives and the viewer becomes the voyeur. In her Conversations Series, the abstract quality of the surfaces erases and denies the identification of time and place, speaking to the universal quirks of all human behavior. Most recently, today’s highly charged political atmosphere has been a fascinating source of ideas for her to explore.


Opening Reception

Friday, May 11 (7-10pm)

  • Featuring Fantastic Planet, a large-scale illuminated humanoid installation by Australian artist Amanda Parer
  • Musical Entertainment by Jaime Cortez Band
  • Artists in Attendance
  • Light Refreshments and Cash Bar


Artist Lecture with Patti Warashina

Saturday, May 12 (6:30-7:30pm)

Mesa Arts Center, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (Dobson Lecture Hall)

FREE and open to the public


Approaching A Clay Narrative

Workshop with Patti Warashina

Sunday, May 12 and 13 (10am-5pm)

Mesa Arts Center, Ceramics Studio

Cost:  $220

Register: CAW18CERPW001-01W