Raised in Michigan, Abby Rose Mandel earned her BFA from Michigan State University in 2005 before moving to Texas to teach High School Art which she continues to do to this day. Currently, Abby works out of her home studio in Austin TX. Abby creates functional pottery with an emphasis on surface decoration. The majority of the work is slip cast porcelain, using molds created by the artist, and hand built forms with an emphasis on slab construction. Each piece is then sanded, meticulously hand painted with underglaze and layered with decals to create a unique piece of illustrated clay. The ceramics are then glazed and fired to cone 5 in an electric kiln.