Rebecca Buglio was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is an alum of the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Ceramics (’16) and an alum of Berry College where she obtained her BA in art with concentrations in K-12 art education and studio art, ceramics (’13). She enjoys teaching children and adult ceramic and broom-making courses that use a variety of techniques while exploring nature for inspiration. Rebecca frequents art markets around East Tennessee selling her wares as owner of Dust to Dust Studio. She has shown in a number of galleries across the United States and was a Hambidge Fellow. Rebecca currently helps run and lives at Rising Moons Farms in Philadelphia, TN with her fiancé. She works full time at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts as the Director of Local and Regional Programs.
Rebecca enjoys finding the balance between forgotten or simply over looked moments in nature and the use of everyday objects. Quiet observance of growth patterns and functions of organisms is an inspiration. Many plants are able to provide for themselves through the process of photosynthesis. Fungi however, are seen as the outliers, often needing an exterior host of some sort to survive on.
By sculpting items found in nature, namely fungi, she hopes to bring a bit of nature into the home through her pieces. Using clay as the host, or base vessel, she attempts to capture and preserve moments where objects are in the process of being lost and altered to highlight the tangible decay and the beauty of new growth that nature exemplifies.