Frank Saliani is a ceramic artist. He focuses on creating pieces which are functional, comfortable, and which naturally find a place in the lives of their owners.
Frank studied ceramics at Syracuse University and received an M.F.A. from Ohio University. He completed residencies at the Carbondale Clay Center, the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Millersville University, and the Red Lodge Clay Center.
Frank’s work explores the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This idea is expressed not only in the finished work, but also in the process used to create the work. All of his wares are composed of smaller parts that are cast in handmade molds, and then altered, textured, and assembled to form part of a larger sculptural or functional form. All of his hand-thrown pieces are made on a potter’s wheel, and are part of a larger body of work centered on a common aesthetic.
Frank is committed to producing local, hand-made goods in the most efficient manner possible, while producing as little waste as possible. In addition to using interchangeable parts and reusing as many materials as possible, all of the work is fired in an electric kiln, which runs on renewable, 100% regionally wind-generated electricity. The finished work is fired to cone six in oxidation, and is very durable.