One misty June afternoon in 2009, on a whim, Ria decided to take her first pottery class at Wesleyan Potters, an art and craft guild in Middletown, CT. The rest, as they say, is history.
She is quickly becoming known for her distinctive style, recognizable for the exquisite original designs she drapes over the graceful curves of her wheel-thrown stoneware vessels. Refusing even to accept inspiration from outside sources, she bases all of her designs on doodles from her sketchbook.
Despite the opulent appearance of her work, her focus is primarily utilitarian - every piece is designed with function and comfort of use in mind, and is food, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.
During the small fraction of her time in which she isn't completely slathered in clay, she enjoys subtropical gardening and playing video games, and has a particularly warm fondness for tea and fixing broken electronics and computers.
But, if given the choice, Ria's entire bio would have instead gleefully read: "I play with mud and fire! :3"