Vania Vananina

Vania is a visual artist. She works with various media. Here we see her working with ceramics. Vania grew up in Baja California (Mexico), where the landscape and culture are effused with colors. This shows in her studio and in her work.

Vania and friends are running a pop-up shop called City Pop! in the heart of downtown Portland at this time (Fall 2018). More info at @citypop_pdx. Go get some great holiday gifts!


Vania shows some recycled clay that she’s preparing to use.

Turning the clay to take shape requires a gentle but firm grip. The removed material can find new life in a future project.


Occasionally if a piece comes off the wheel, Vania scores the bottom so that it will grip the wheel once more until it is fully turned.

When the turning is complete, a wire assists with detaching the piece from the wheel.

Turned pieces are placed aside to air dry before they can be fired in the kiln.


Vania applies glaze to a bowl. While the process of applying glaze requires focus, the choice of design and color comes from her innate desire to be playful with her work.


Glazed pieces are placed in the kiln where they will be fired at about 2000 degrees Fahrenheit for several hours to permanently take on their form.


Vania holds an asteroid from her “Vania Vananina Universe” collection.

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You can see more of Vania's work, buy her creations, or even go make with her! For more info, check out her website at