Esther Alinejad

Artist’s Statement:

Esther Alinejad’s work is a visual interpretation of thoughts, feelings, and reactions to every day living and current events. Through the use of color, newspaper cut outs, and found objects, she creates an integrated web of imagery. Her work showcases streams of consciousness and stories unraveling. With her unique integration of color and imagery she engages the viewer to take a different perspective on life and hopes to strike that inner cord.


1996 MFA Ceramics + Painting, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

1992 BFA Ceramics + Painting, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1989 Associates in Liberal Arts, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, Illinois


2000-present Ceramics + Painting Instructor, Clay Studio + Gallery Inc. Thousand Oaks, California

2005 Ceramics Instructor, Ventura County, California

2000 Ceramics Instructor, Salt River Pima Indian Reservation, Arizona

1997-99 Ceramics Instructor/Owner, Clayworks @ Kilohana, Kaua’i, Hawaii

1994-97 Ceramics Instructor, City of Tucson, Arizona

1993-96 Teaching Assistant, Ceramics (Instructor of record), University of Arizona


2012 Gerd Koch + Carole Milton Grant Nominee, Ventura, California

1998 Artist Grant, Arts Council of Kauai, Hawaii

1998 Travel Grant, Arts Council of Kauai, Hawaii

1996 Skowhegan Scholarship Finalist, University of Arizona

1995 Skowhegan Scholarship Finalist, University of Arizona

1989-92 Merit Scholarship, The University Club of Chicago, IL.

1991 Traveling Fellowship, The University Club of Chicago, IL.


2006 Solo Invitational Exhibition, Mobius Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1997 Solo Invitational Exhibition, Gallery of the University Club Of Chicago, Il.

1996 MFA Thesis Exhibition, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona

1995 Neither Here, Nor There, Joseph Gross Gallery, Tucson, Arizona


2013 Group Exhibition, Aahoo Gallery, Pasadena, CA

2013 Art 4 Life Exhibition, LA Mart, Los Angeles, CA

2012 Gerd Koch + Carole Milton Grant Nominee Exhibition, Government Center, Ventura, CA

2012 Open Studio Tour Exhibit Civic Arts Plaza,Thousand Oaks,CA

2012 Backlash, Soho 20 Gallery, New York, NY

2012 International Twist-Fundraiser for Fukushima, Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks, CA

2012 California Dreaming, Los Angeles Garden Club, Los Angeles, CA

2011 Open Studio Tour, Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks, CA

Reflections, Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks, CA

2009 Open Studio Tour, Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks, CA

Clay evolution: A New Look at Works in Clay,High Studio Gallery, Moorpark, CA

2008 Annual Juried Exhibition, Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, Thousand Oaks, CA

2007 Religious Art, High Studio Gallery, Moorpark, CA

2006 California Open Exhibition, TAG Gallery, Santa Monica

International Affairs, High Studio Gallery, Moorpark, CA

2005 International Insights, Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks, CA

2004 Form and Movement, TR-3 Studio Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

2003 Annual Juried Exhibition, Westlake Village Art Guild, CA


2018 David Duchovny, Caboose Sculpture

2015 Thomas Tull, Custom Tile Work

2010 Dog’s Best Collection, Custom Line of Ceramic Bowls

2008 “Wheel Throwing 101,” Instructional wheel throwing DVD, produced by Clay Studio + Gallery Inc.

2007 Whole Foods Market, custom line of serving dishes

2005 Prints of Pride Tile Project, Simi Valley Town Center


Stephen Cominsky, Algonquin, Illinois

Jill + George Peters, Thousand Oaks, California

Vic + Pauline Baker, Tucson, Arizona

Ralph Mendoza + Annie Weir, Agoura Hills, California

Bill + Jean Amador, Westlake Village, California

Curt Edmonds + Michelle Fishman, Newbury Park, California

Yvette Hill, Newbury Park, California

Gary Hespenheide + Ilise Kramer, Newbury Park, California

Nancy McCann, Cleveland, Ohio

Holly Galick, Frankfort, Illinois

Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas


-Acorn Newspapers, “Proceeds from ongoing art exhibit will aid Japanese earthquake relief, “by Anna Bitong, June 12, 2012, p. 32.

– 805 Living Magazine, “With these hands, potters create lasting impressions,” by Cynthia Nooney, April 2008, p. 54.

– Ventura County Star-Studio 805, “…A trip to ceramics Studio highlight the week,” by Gretchen Macchiarella, May 15, 2007.

– 805 Living Magazine, “Art Therapy,” by Sim Carter, April 2006, p. 30.

– Thousand Oaks Acorn, “Mixed Media show to open at Civic Arts Plaza,” February 9, 2006.

–Ventura County Star, “They joined their lives, then their Careers,” by Jim Woodard, November 8, 2003.

–Ventura County Star, “Clay brings out students’ new Skills,” by Nicole D’Amore, June 22, 2001.


-Ventura County Star “Local artists to premiere ‘Wheel Throwing 101’ video”, photo, February 19, 2008

–Ventura County, “Local artist serves in Style,” photo, May 22, 2007.


2004, Visiting Artist, TR-3 Studio, Kyoto, Japan