My Beginning: I grew up in Israel and have been living in Southern California since the late 70s. For as long as I can remember, creativity has been a very important part of my identity. Being an introvert, it has always been an essential form of self-expression for me.
My Formation: I was first introduced to clay in college during my undergraduate education, at Cal State Long Beach, 1986, under the teaching of Tony Marsh, who is a ceramics master. I was immediately drawn to clay; its basic elemental nature, and tactile qualities. I realized the possibilities that one can do with clay are without boundaries.
At some point during my education I discovered that my great-grandmother was a potter in Yemen, which warmed my heart. I graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts and a minor in Graphic Design and Ceramics. Upon graduation, I worked as a freelance graphic designer for 20 years, but always somehow remained involved with ceramics.
Later in life I took evening ceramics classes at local community colleges; first at Santa Monica Community College when my family lived in Culver City, CA, and then Moorpark Community College when I moved to Oak park, CA, around 1995. When I was busy raising kids and did not have much time for classes, I stayed involved by designing and printing for the American Ceramics Society of Los Angeles newsletter.
My Passion: Around 2005 I declared my passion for ceramics. This was a conscious decision. All my free time became devoted to it. I felt, ‘this is who I am, this is what I was meant to do’. And I’ve loved every stage of my progression through the years.
I truly enjoy seeing my style evolve and develop. From the beginning I was attracted to the human figure (especially the female figure). The flow of muscles, bones, lines and curves are so intriguing to me; how the body-lines organically transfer from one muscle and bone to another; touch and turn.
The more my style refines, the more I notice my interests shown through my artwork: yoga, gardening, love and relationships.
My Philosophy: My work starts by having an idea - and it starts to form. There is always a moment the clay will react to my hands, and not necessarily to my mind, as if I am just the executor The clay will hint and suggest a direction - an expression or movement- like the expressive freedom of the body and soul, and I concede to the natural process, flowing with it until completion.
My Dream: I would like to release my passion through my hands, into the clay and water, forming something boundless that expresses who I am and what I’m feeling.
Shows: 2014 - Thousand Oaks Community Art Gallery, Newbury Park, CA
2016 - The Industrial Gallery of Art, North Hollywood, CA
April, 2017 - The California Sculptors Symposium, Cambria Art Show, CA
May 2017 - Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, Ojai, CA
May 2017 - The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley (ACCV), CA
July 2017 - L.A DULCEPALLOZA at the Nuetra, Silver Lake, CA.
LA Radio talk with Ilona Eropa
Members: American Ceramic Society – Design Chapter of Southern California (ACS- SoCal)
Ventura County Potters' Guild - VCPG
Participated - The California Sculptors Symposium, CSS, 2017
Prizes: First Prize in clay/ CSS Art Show, Cambria, CA 2017
Best of Show/ VCPG exhibit at Beatrice Woods Center of the Arts, 2017
Second Prize/Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, 2017