Brett Wallerstein earned an MFA in ceramic arts at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland in 2021 and a BFA at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 1993. He has taught ceramics and art at every grade level for the past thirty years and is an adjunct professor in the Ceramic/Art Department of Rowan College of Burlington County. He has been an associate artist at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, but currently maintains a studio at home just outside Philadelphia in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He creates his whimsical sculptural forms in porcelain inspired by diminutive organic forms that usually contain beautiful fractal patterns when examined closely.  

Wallerstein has participated in regional, national, and international juried shows both solo and group exhibitions. Currently, he is exhibiting in the 2022 Ellarslie Open 39 at the Trenton Museum in New Jersey for the second year in a row. His work has been published in various magazines including Ceramics Monthly, Arts & Activities, Dwell Magazine, Atomic Ranch, and Modern Magazine: Design, Architecture, & Decorative Arts. 


Artist Statement

In an increasingly complex world, my sculptures explore the connection between nature and the feeling of tranquility through the creation of abstract biomorphic porcelain sculptures. Inspiration from ordered organic structures and fractal patterns found in nature can be seen in my work, which can evoke a sense of calmness when appreciating the order that can be observed in nature. My process and work explore the connection between the feeling of serenity, nature, abstract biomorphic sculpture, the viewer, and the act of sculpting. Left unglazed, the form's surface remains pure and simple, drawing attention to its bold silhouette and graceful movement. Polished sheens are often produced on the surfaces bringing out the beautiful characteristics of the porcelain. Inspired by organic structures and fractal patterns found in nature, special design features are fabricated in the sculpting process to address the larger goal of creating work that takes the viewer to a tranquil place. 


Brett Wallerstein____________________________________________

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, 1993
Bachelor of Science in Art Education, 1993

(Attended Rhode Island School of Design (1989-1990)

Gratz College, Philadelphia, PA
Masters of Arts in Education, 2003 Summa Cum Laude. 
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Earned over 40 additional graduate credits in ceramics, painting and studio arts, computer arts/technology, and art history

Hood College, Frederick, MD
Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Arts, 2021

Major Exhibitions

2022  Trenton City Museum Show, Ellarslie Open 39, Trenton, NJ

2021  Trenton City Museum Show, Ellarslie Open 37/38, Trenton, NJ

2020  Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2020  Collective Voices, Associate Artists Exhibit, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2018  Organic Art, solo exhibition, Show of Hands Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2018   Fractals of Nature, solo exhibition for Masters of Art, Hodson Gallery, Tatem Arts Center, Hood College, Frederick, MD                                                          

2012  Three Contemporary Raku Ceramic Artists, featuring the works of Fran Leyenberger, Joyce Inderbitzin and Brett Wallerstein, Show of Hands Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011  Bubble Pots, solo exhibition, Crestmont Gallery, Collingswood, NJ

2011  Altered Forms in Raku, solo exhibition, Soha Arts Galleries, Haddon Township, NJ

Juried Craft Shows/ Arts Festivals

2013   Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen Exhibition, Show of Hands Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013   Annual Graduate Student Show, Hodson Gallery, Hood College, Frederick, MD

2013   Gift of Art , Markeim Arts Center Gallery, Haddonfield, NJ                                                           

2013   Fine Crafts at the Winery, Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen, New Hope, PA                                           

2012   Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Arts Festival,  Haddonfield NJ                                                                      

2011  Ruttenberg Fine Arts Invitational Exhibition, Manhattan, NY                                                                 

2011  Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Arts Festival,, Haddonfield, PA                                                     

2011  Collingswood Fine Arts Festival, Collingswood, NJ


Currently represented by Show of Hands Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


2020   The Penland School of Craft Scholarship, Bakersville, NC           

2020   The John & Robyn Horn Foundation Scholarship, Pocosin Arts (School of Fine Craft), Columbia, NC     

2014  The Peter’s Valley School of Craft Art Teacher’s Scholarship Layton, NJ                                                 

2011  Ardmore Toyota Award, Best in Show in ceramics, Main Line Art Center Exhibition


Ceramics Monthly, Featured Artists at Hood College Gallery Openings, April 2018 

Arts& Activities Magazine: Biomorphic Creations in Clay, February 2017

Dwell Magazine, Hunt with the Hounds, May/June 2017 

Atomic Ranch, Preservation & Personality, winter, 2015   

Modern Magazine: Design, Architecture,& Decorative Arts, spring, 2013

Teaching and Professional Experience

30 years of experience of teaching Ceramics/Fine Arts in Neshaminy School District, Langhorne, PA including the following:  

Carl Sandburg Middle School Art Teacher and Department Head, Levittown, PA, 1998- Present    

Pearl S. Buck Elementary Art Teacher, Levittown, PA, 1994-1998,

Neshaminy High School Art Teacher, Langhorne, PA, Advanced Art Program, 1993-1994          

Neshaminy Summer Fine Arts Teacher, Maple Point Middle School, Langhorne, PA, 2000                                     

Other Teaching Positions:    

Adjunct Professor of Ceramic Arts:   Rowan College of Burlington County, winter-spring semester, 2017 –present    

Ceramics Instructor:  Yay Clay, Philadelphia, Pa., spring-summer 2017

Ceramics Instructor:  teacher workshop A Day In Clay, Maple Point Middle School, Langhorne, PA, 2013

Ceramics Instructor (co-taught):  raku one-day workshop for art teachers, Into the Fire, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA, 2010

Photographer Instructor: Summer Fine Arts Program at Bucks County Community College                                                                     

Arts Instructor (Foreign Exchange Summer Program, Columbia University, Manhattan, NY, summer, 1998

Recent Ceramic Workshops Attended

Transformation in Form & Surface with CJ Jilek, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Crafts,  Columbia, NC, summer, 2020

Building Structures with Paperclay with Shiyuan Xu, Penland School of Craft, Bakersville, NC, summer 2020

Testing the Limits of Porcelain with Jennifer McCurdy, Santa Fe Clay, NM, summer 2019

Ceramic Sculpture with Claudia Matroba, The Clay Studio, PA, summer, 2016

Elegantly Altered with Martha Grover, Sugar Maple Art Center, NY, summer, 2015

Approaches to Slab Built Sculpture with Dan Molyneux, Peters Valley Craft Center, NJ, spring, 2015

Mold Making and Slip Casting with Wynn Bauer, The Clay Studio, PA, winter, 2015

Firing the Anagama Kiln with Simon Levine, Peters Valley Craft Center, NJ, summer, 2014

Ceramic Decal Workshop with Sharon Bartman, Conshohocken, PA, spring, 2014

Alternative Firing with Bob Green, Bennington, VT, summer, 2013


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