Dee Santorini is a potter, a sculptor, and painter. Texture and movement and flow are an essential part of all of her work.
Dee’s Raku Obelisks are 6-10 foot tall sculptures made of smoked clay, and
reflect messages of culture and earthiness. These obelisks can be subtle and earthy, or hard-edged, metallic modernism—and are usually custom designed for the space they will be in.
Painting. Dee paints both tight, realistic paintings and loose, expressive abstracts that capture the link between humanity and nature. Her latest series, Serengeti Wildlife, explores the interesting colors and patterns of life in Africa. Dee’s abstract paintings explore the movement of paint and life across the canvas.
Pottery. At the turn of the century, Dee Santorini discovered clay, and began private studies with a reknowned Raku artist. She now teaches both hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery classes, and runs the raku firing program for a nonprofit art organization in northern Illinois. Her pottery utilizes smoke firing processes such as saggar and raku, which brings a modern earthiness to all of her work.
Dee Santorini is currently the president of the Rockford Art Guild, donating her time to educating artists, helping them learn, and teaching them practical skills they need to continue their artistic challenge. She has worked in developing new art shows for this group, in an effort to make the decision to become an artist more viable.
Dee has mentored artists, helping them hone their skills and teaching them ways to market themselves to the community. She has worked in the physical planning and building of art facilities to provide areas where artists can work.
Dee shows in the city-wide art extravaganza, Art Scene, twice a year in Rockford, Illinois, with a double booth for her pottery and paintings. Dee has also begun showing in Door County art shows, and is very active in the arts in the Midwest.