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Ceramicist’s love affair with clay borders on addiction

Joyce Rudolph

Ceramicist Nina Kellogg first put her hands into clay nine years ago,

and they haven’t been out of it much since.

“I played around for two years, and a short time after that, I


went from like to love to addicted,” the Studio City resident said.

Kellogg has taken many community arts classes but has found

intensive workshops over several days to be the most beneficial in

perfecting her own style in the clay-firing process. Kellogg became


so enthusiastic about her craft, she turned her one-car garage into a

studio, and the space is now shared by her three kilns and her

clothes washer and dryer.

This month, Kellogg joins painter Dory Grade and fellow ceramicist

Lorraine Haubold in a show titled “Finding Joy in Nature,” opening

Friday at the Boddy House Gallery in Descanso Gardens.

“Nina specializes in beautiful glazes,” said Grade, who returns to

Descanso for her 29th exhibit.


Grade of Eagle Rock will show her watercolors, acrylics and

drawings. Her work, the result of detailed sketching and what she

refers to as a reaction to nature, offers a depth that seems to draw

the viewer into the vista.

Haubold will show her new work inspired by Impressionism,

featuring floral and water motifs created with inlaid colored clay.