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Etta Zuritsky Winigrad

1706 Rittenhouse Sq.#1001
Philadelphia, PA 19103, U.S.A.
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From the very beginning, my sculptural work has been a continuing exploration and attempt to illustrate ideas and concerns of the human condition, both whimsical and serious.

The sculpture is partially figurative so as to allow the viewer an easily grasped element to introduce them into the piece. By combining realistic and fantastical elements I am trying to encourage the audience to draw on their own imagination and life experiences for interpretation.

The recent sculptures are of a low fire white clay body that easily absorbs the smoke and carbon from the newspaper I burn around it out in the open after it has been fired to maturity in the kiln. The smoke acts as a paint brush which allows the color to appear as if created by the hand of nature and not as an applied coat of paint from the hand of man. By controlling the smoke, to some extent, I can use it to emphasize the forms and the way the audience views the piece.

My influences come from African, South Pacific and Pre-Columbian art. I especially like the simpler primitive shapes that speak to us so powerfully and seem to tap into those forms that we have genetically accumulated in our psyches.



  • The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 2000
  • Cambridge Art Assn. Cambridge, MA 1999
  • National Ceramic Competition, Florence, AL 1999
  • Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ 1998
  • New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, NJ 1997
  • Artspace, New Haven, CT 1997
  • Washington Sq. Sculpture Show, Washington D.C. 1997
  • Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, PA 1996, 1997, 2000
  • **Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000
  • *Mainline Art Center, Haverford, PA 1995, 1997
  • *Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA 1995
  • *Central PA Festival of the Arts, State College, PA 1994, 1995
  • Annual Bucks County Sculpture Show, Doylestown, PA 1994, 1995
  • National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Art, TX 1993, 1995
  • Creative Arts Workshop Center, New Haven CT 1995
  • *Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA 1992, 1993, 1994
  • *Pavilion Gallery, Mt. Holly, NJ 1992, 1994
  • Owen Patrick Gallery, Phila., PA 1994
  • Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ 1991
  • National Museum of Ceramic Art, Baltimore, MD 1991
  • Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD 1990
  • Museum of American Jewish History, Phila., PA 1981, 1983
  • Philadelphia Art Alliance, Phila., PA 1979, 1983, 1998

    * Awarded


  • "Early Rider"- J. Blank Collection, New York, NY 1997
  • Winner - Holocaust Memorial Competition, 1981
  • Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey
  • Collection of Holocaust Center, Kean College, New Jersey


  • Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY 2001
  • Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 2000
  • Bucks County Community College, PA 2000
  • Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA 1999
  • Riley Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH-curated by Gail Brown 1999
  • "Exploring a Movement - Feminist Visions in Clay"
  • Mt. St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA 1995


  • Ceramics Monthly "Singularities", Feb. 2001
  • Ceramics Monthly "Upfront" 1996, 1998
  • Sculpting Clay by Leon Nigrosh 1992


  • ArtSites Gallery, Greenpoint, Long Island, NY
  • Miller Gallery, New York, NY
  • Gallery 500, Elkins Park, PA
  • Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Artforms Gallery Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA


  • 1968 - 1996 Continuing Education at Moore College, Phila.
  • Museum of Art and various workshops in the USA
  • 1958 Bachelor of Applied Arts, University of Penna.