Kalya O'Donoghue is a Brooklyn-based ceramicist creating functional and decorative ceramic art objects with her trademark textural glaze chemistry. After graduating with a BFA from RISD's Industrial Design program, Kalya worked as a furniture and lighting designer before founding her chemistry-focused ceramic studio.
Drawing inspiration from the ocean's surf and otherworldly tide pool textures, Kalya breaks her glazes down to their chemical fundamentals so she can adjust and rebuild them, creating unique surface treatments on each of her ceramic pieces. Utilizing basic material science, she integrates foreign materials, like steel, into her work. The engineered glazes and metal elements lend her work a solid yet delicate, almost airy feeling.