As a designer, I study and articulate an approach to ceramics that integrates form and surface design. My aesthetic uses organic motifs and geometric patterns that are situated compositionally to accentuate and enhance the form. Color is limited to bold graphic surface design. With emphasis on traditional craftsmanship, I create simple forms, and employ the aesthetic imperatives of hand craftsmanship, respect for materials, simplicity of design, and restraint.
Designs are purposely created with the mission of a collaborative studio, where studio artisans can work together to produce beautiful work for individuals to bring into their homes and enjoy.
My vision as an artist is to revive the ideas of the Arts and Crafts movement and its mission to create work of fine craftsmanship and beautiful decorative design. In keeping with the tradition of Paul Revere Pottery and Newcomb Pottery, my goal is to establish an environment where disadvantaged women are inspired by crafting carefully designed ceramic wares in a modern context.
Dorrie discussing the form of a ceramic piece with a MudGirls Studios artisan
Dorrie Papademetriou has always been passionate about two things: art and social change. After growing up in Toledo, Ohio, and earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University, Dorrie moved to Boston to begin her career in creative design and art direction. Having worked in the fashion industry with icons like Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford, she art directed national and international ad campaigns for brands like Louis Vuitton, Legal Seafood, and Infiniti.
While raising her children and living abroad, she wrote and illustrated four childrens books, and began working in community arts programs.
Dorrie served as curator of the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University curating exhibitions of nationally and internationally recognized artists. One of Dorrie’s most meaningful exhibitions was Finding Home, that featured and worked with the homeless of Atlantic City.
Always believing that art is transformative, Dorrie collaborated with people in need at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlantic City, the after school students in Pleasantville, residents in senior and assisted living centers, stroke and brain injury patients at Bacharach Rehabilitation center, and clients of the behavioral health center at AtlantiCare.
As an artist, Dorrie has been commissioned as part of the Healing Arts program. Her paintings and glass mosaic work can be found in the multiple AtlanticCare facilities in the region.
In 2016 Dorrie founded MudGirls Studios, a ceramic art studio that creates functional pottery for everyday use. Mudgirls Studios celebrates a love of clay, the creative process and the chance for women to transform their own lives.