Sasha Alexandra grew up in Miami Beach, Florida surrounded by the architecture and color that form the basis of her aesthetic. She attended her first pottery class at the age of 10 and continued to build with clay throughout adolescence. Alexandra went on to receive a BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute. In 2013, she was awarded a Windgate Fellowship to travel throughout Europe studying historically significant decorative art collections. Alexandra currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado where she is pursuing a Post Baccalaureate at Colorado State University.
A few miles away from my house there’s a small community garden that features a model train set. It has two engines that slide past tiny buildings and elaborate landscaping. Children push buttons to make the trains move along thin tracks and I sit captivated by the tiny microcosm.
I’m always cataloging the exciting graphic, structural, and textural relationships that I encounter daily. Each of these snapshots are organized and combined to become sculptures covered in a palette deep greens, black stripes, and soft pops of color. I begin to shape a piece of clay giving it soft curves and crisp angles. Thick bands of color cover the object, leaving large portions overgrown with textured green. Before firing, I capitalize on any untapped form potential by creating a wire framework around the object. The piece then enters a kiln and is released fully formed. A fragment of my internal landscape claims space in the physical world.