Morean student artist profile

04 Sep 2019, Posted by Robin McGowan in ART Matters, Classes, Community, News, Press Releases

St. Petersburg, FL (Sep. 4, 2019) – Weekdays, Tony Pisegna is focused on supervising a nationally distributed team and achieving corporate goals, but on Saturdays at the Morean Center for Clay under the guidance of Tile and Mural artist Elle Leonard, Tony pursues a different vision.

“I was wandering around Anderson Lumber looking for wood for a home improvement project and this bin of red cedar slices spoke to me,” he said after revealing his latest mixed media work. “I enjoy exploring the texture of surfaces and in this case the organic shape of the red ring in the center of the wood suggested a clay form. “

Pisegna, who became a full-time resident of St. Petersburg in 2018, has been studying clay since 2015. The collection of clay and wood mixed media pieces are intended to be displayed on the wall.

The preparation of the wood required several rounds of sanding from 80 grit to 320 grit sandpaper. He used a polycrylic to finish the wood. He sculpted the clay into forms and did a two-part firing process opting for a low fire bisque of the natural clay finish before doing a high-fire with glazes he custom blended. Pisegna shared that the pieces don’t have a name or any particular symbolism or meaning, they just reflect his exploration of and fascination with texture and patterns.

Pisenga plans to continue his work in clay. His next project will be vertical and tubular in format. The clay will be enhanced with carefully selected glazes and complex textures that have become his signature. “I think it is important to have a creative outlet. I’ve connected with great people and had a really good experience. Art, it makes us all better,” said Pisegna. The Tiles and Murals Class with Artist Elle Leonard is offered in 3 or 6 week sessions on Friday evenings from 7 to 9:30 pm and on Saturday mornings from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg, FL.

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