Sally Russell was born in
San Francisco and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, one of California’s
most picturesque areas. This beautiful area is an artist’s dream and
Sally’s affinity for vivid colors, organic textures and playful patterns
is the result of growing up in a place that is undeniably magical. She
credits her parents with cultivating her creative spirit by encouraging
her to explore her burgeoning talents – and never complaining about the
messes she inevitably made.
Before devoting herself
to her ceramic and textile business, Sally had a flourishing career in the
competitive world of fine art. Her larger-than-life size papier-mache
sculptures and whimsical ceramic totems, some reaching 12 feet in height,
grace homes and commercial buildings from Big Sur to Seattle.
Creating and selling her line of ceramic dinnerware was initially a
way for Sally to finance her fine art, but the thriving business has now
become her focus. She has a
long list of clients who have commissioned fine art pieces – and Sally
still devotes some of her time to sculpting. "I've always played with
irregular textures, colors and patterns, and bringing these elements to
everyday objects seems to be a natural extension of what I am already
doing with my fine art."
Sally studied fine arts and studio arts at
both Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo and the University of California, Santa