About The Potter

Aileen Scurato (nee St. Leger)

Jacksonville, FL  U.S.A.

904/487-9834

aliscurato@bellsouth.net

Born:  Chicago, Illinois, 1954

SHOWS/GALLERIES

2015 - Creative Soul Gallery – St. Augustine, Florida

2013 - Art League of Jacksonville Holiday Open House

2001 - Bay to Bay Gallery – Tampa, Florida

1997 - Seventh Annual Black & White Show, Artists Unlimited, Inc. – Tampa, Florida – Juried Show

1996 - Art for Life, Tampa, Florida – Invitational Auction to Benefit Tampa Aids Network

1996 - Tampa Works, Tampa Moves – Artists Unlimited, Inc., Tampa, Florida – Invitational Show

1996 - Seventh Annual Member’s Juried Show - Artists Unlimited, Inc. – Tampa, Florida – Robin Van Arsdol, International Artist, Former Professor, NYU, Juror

1995 - Art for Life, Tampa, Florida – Invitational Auction to Benefit Tampa Aids Network

1994 - Anything Goes - Artists Unlimited, Inc., Tampa, Florida – Invitational Show

1994 - Politics As Usual…Not - Artists Unlimited, Inc., Tampa, FL - Invitational Show

1994 - Black, White, Bold Show - Artists Unlimited, Inc. – Tampa, Florida – Juried Show

1993 - The Artistry Gallery, Tampa, Florida – Invitational Show

1993 - Fantasy/Functional/Fantasy – Artists Unlimited, Inc. – Tampa, Florida – Juried Show - Joan Marmarellis, Artist and Chuck Fager, Professor, University of South Florida, Jurors

1993 - Fourth Annual Member’s Show - Artists Unlimited, Inc. – Tampa, Florida – Juried Show – Andy Maas, Director, Polk Museum of Art, Juror

1992 - Third Annual Bizarre Bazaar Member Show - Artists Unlimited, Inc. – Tampa, Florida

1992 - Second Annual Black & White Juried Show, Artists Unlimited, Inc. – Tampa, Florida - Marilyn Mars, Assistant Director, Tampa Museum of Art, Juror

1992 - ICON as Art, Artists Unlimited, Inc. – Tampa, Florida – Juried Show – Robin Van Arsdol, International Artist, Former Professor, New York University, Juror

1992 - Tea and Fantasy Juried Show, Artists Unlimited, Inc., Tampa, Florida – Cathy Clayton, Owner, Clayton Galleries, Tampa, Florida, Juror

1992 - Second Annual Functional Juried Show, Artists Unlimited, Inc., Tampa, Florida

1991 - Second Annual Bizarre Bazaar Show - Artists Unlimited, Inc. – Tampa, Florida – Member Show

1991 - The Octagon Center, Clearwater, Florida – Traveling Group Show – Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church

1991 - Second Annual Members Juried Show - Artists    Unlimited, Inc. – Tampa, Florida – Theo Wujick, Artist, Professor at University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

1990 - Guavaween Juried Show - Artists Unlimited, Inc. – Tampa, Florida, Caroline McGriff, Artist, Juror

1990 - First Annual Bizarre Bazaar Show - Artists Unlimited, Inc. – Tampa, Florida – Member Show

1990 - First Annual Functional Show - Artists Unlimited, Inc. – Tampa, Florida – Member Show

1990 - First Annual Member’s Show - Artists Unlimited, Inc. – Tampa, Florida – Member Show

1989 - Ybor City Winter Arts Festival – Juried Show – Ybor City Winter Arts Festival Panelists, Jurors

1989 - Tampa Jewish Community Center Show and Auction – Tampa, Florida 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

2015 - Wedding Cake Topper – Farhat Wedding – Jacksonville, FL

1997 - Baptismal Font – Clay – St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and School, Tampa, Florida

1993 - Custom hand-painted clay tiles for kitchen - John and Ana Sandy residence, Tampa, Florida

1991 - Series of wheel thrown vases commissioned by Solosky & Haas Interior Designers for Oxford Properties Florida, Inc. Corporate Offices, Tampa, Florida

1991 - Clay - Hand-built signage for AMC Movie Theater, Coconut Grove, Florida

1990 - Jacqueline Comeaux, ASID – Commission for 5 clay pieces for GTE Information Services Corporation office, Tampa, Florida

SPEAKING / TELEVISION ENGAGEMENTS

1999 - The David D Show – Fox Television Station – Tampa, FL - A local Children’s Saturday morning show. Aileen Scurato teaches David D and his sidekick Smedley how to use the Potters Wheel to throw pots. Filmed in the clay classroom at Artists Unlimited.

1997 - Consecration and dedication of Baptismal Font, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and School, Tampa, Florida – Commission, concept and creation of the Baptismal Font

1991 - The Octagon Center, Clearwater, Florida – Concept of my exhibited work for the show – The Vesuvius Series and Rolling Rolling Rolling, Keep Those Doggies Rolling, as well as presentation of the founding of Artists Unlimited, Inc., a not-for-profit Visual and Performing Arts Center, Tampa, Florida

1989 - Shoppes at Harbour Island, Tampa, Florida – The Founding of Artists Unlimited, Inc., a not-for-profit Visual and Performing Arts Center, Tampa, Florida

OTHER

2013 - present - Director of Ceramics / Ceramics Instructor - Art League of Jacksonville, Burnett Park Location, Jacksonville, FL

2003 - 2012 - Concentrated on individual work, including clay, photography, color drawing

2003 - Artist in Residence and instructor - Artists Unlimited, Inc., a not-for-profit Visual and Performing Arts Center, Tampa, Florida

1995 - Show Coordinator – Davis Islands Fest ’95, Tampa, Florida

1994 to 1996 - Arts Center Coordinator – Artists Unlimited, Inc., Tampa, Florida. Worked with Executive Director and Board.  In charge of educational programs scheduling; wrote and distributed press releases for shows, classes, and general information; prepared and distributed artists applications for shows and opening invitations; received art work for maintained all paperwork; contracts, sales. Shipped artwork back after show; proofread and edited grant proposals and reports; maintained Gallery gift shops sales, inventory and logs; general office duties, building maintenance.

1989 - Founding Member – Artists Unlimited, Inc., Tampa, Florida

1989 to 1995 - Board Member  - Artists Unlimited, Inc., Tampa, Florida

1987 to 1990 - Studio Manager and Instructor – The Clay Factory, Tampa, Florida.   All studio duties, including class scheduling for teachers.

Workshop coordinator and participant for the following national and regional artists:  Rudy Autio, Bruno LaVerdiere, Russ Gustafsen-Hilton, Al and Joanne Huntley, David Greenbaum, Jack Boyle.

1978 to 1979 - Apprenticeship - Gene Brenner - Studio Potter/Instructor Highlands County Schools - Sebring, Florida

TEACHING POSITIONS

2013 - Present - Instructor for Beginning and Advanced Wheel Throwing Class and Sculpture/Hand-building Class, Art League of Jacksonville, Burnett Park, Jacksonville, Florida

2002 - 2003 - Instructor for Beginning and Advanced Wheel Throwing Class and Sculpture/Hand-building Class, Artists Unlimited, Inc., Tampa, Florida

  • to 1997 Instructor for Beginning and Advanced Wheel Throwing Class and Sculpture/Hand-building Class, Artists Unlimited, Inc., Tampa, Florida

1990 - Artists in the Schools Program – Hillsborough County Arts Council in JV with Hillsborough County Public Schools – Hand-building and wheel-  throwing classes for students K-12.  Art Keeble, Director

1991 - Safety Village Children’s Museum – The city of Tampa, Florida

1989 to 1993 - The Clay Factory – Tampa, Florida

1988 to Present - Private wheel throwing and hand building/sculpture instruction

EDUCATION

University of Maine, Farmington, Maine

Daytona Beach Community College, Daytona Beach, Florida

South Florida Junior College, Avon Park, Florida

Hyde Park Arts Center, Tampa, Florida

Winter Haven Cultural Art Center, The Boni Brothers - Roly and Rick, Winter Haven, Florida

Continuing education workshops - Don Reitz, David Gamble, Martha Holt, Rudy Autio, Russ-Gustafson-Hilton, Bruno LaVerdiere, Al and Joanne Huntley, David Greenbaum, Jack Boyle