Volcano Art Center Featured Artists

Patti Datlof

Originally from New Jersey, Patti had been drawn to Hawaii all her life, finally moving here in 2004. Her love for clay grew from her study of art at Humbolt State University, where she received a B.A. in Art with an emphasis in ceramics.
Her “Lava Inspired Pots” are made from a custom concrete mix that she developed using cement and aggregates, including imported play sand, vermiculite or perlite, and water. NO lava or cinder is used in her process. A black powder is added to the wet mixture. Each piece is hand formed in wet sand or applied over molds. Plant material such as leaves are pressed onto the surface of the piece when the cement has set up to just the right consistency. Timing is the critical factor in getting a good impression. After curing for 1 to 2 weeks, the pots are sealed and the leaves are painted with metallic acrylic paints enhanced with metallic pigments. They are not intended for food use and are not dishwasher or microwave safe.
Patti‘s “Face” sculptures are first hand sculpted in clay. After firing, she makes a mold of the face for casting in cement. After setting up for a few days, it is then imbedded into a cement background where leaves are applied, then sealed and painted like her pots.
Patti’s plates are hand built from stoneware clay slabs. Using rocks, shells, found objects and handmade stamps, she textures her pieces before bisque firing them. Glazes are applied by dipping or brushing on, then she is ready for firing to cone 6. These pieces are food safe, and are dishwasher and microwave safe.
Patti has traveled the United States and various countries, which inspire her artwork, but is especially in love with the tropical plants, landscapes, and sea life of Hawaii. “This island is a very special place and I feel honored to be able to live here, where the powers of creation come together.”