Eileen de Rosas is an Arlington-based potter whose teapots, plates, mugs, and cups are as beautiful as they are functional.
Instantly recognizable, Eileen practices “maiolica,” a technique wherein she dips her hand-thrown terracotta pieces into a white glaze fortified with tin oxide. This seemingly small addition of tin to glaze, first seen in medieval Italy, is essential to Eileen’s pottery as it ensures the color and detail of her hand-painted figures will endure the heat of the kiln.
While her glazing technique rests firmly in Italian tradition, Eileen collects inspiration from around the world in her ceramic designs. Iznik pottery of Anatolia, Koryo and Punchong ceramics of Korea, Oribe of Japan, and medieval vessels of Britain serve as diverse influences in the shapes of her pieces.
In her painting, figures come from life closer to home: bicycles, dairy cows, and bumblebees. In many of her pieces, Eileen takes inspiration from the precision and familiarity of John James Audubon’s prints of the flora and fauna of North America.
Eileen received her BFA in Sculpture from Parsons School of Design, after which she apprenticed at Supermud Pottery in New York City. A Boston area native, she now teaches ceramics classes at the New Art Center in Newton, and at Mudflat Pottery School in Somerville.