The Color Network’s mission is to aid in the advancement of people of color in the ceramic arts. We aim to assist artists develop, network, and create dialogue while maintaining a place for a database, resources, and mentorship. We hope to foster a community of artists of all professional and skill levels that help each other grow.
April Felipe, Yinka Orafidiya, Salvador Jimenez-Flores, and Natalia Arbelaez have been working to develop this network and hope you will join our efforts. We decided on the name The Color Network to pay homage to artists like Robert Scroggins and Paul Andrew Wandless who came before us in the ceramics field and have been doing this work. We look forward to continuing this work, growing, and expanding our efforts to the greater arts community.
April Felipe was born in, Queens, New York. She received her B.F.A from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her M.F.A in Ceramics from Ohio University. April worked at Greenwich House Pottery, taught at Ohio State University and Ohio University. In 2017 she was named one of Ceramic Monthly’s Emerging Artist. April has participated in residencies at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and The Archie Bray foundation. April has set down roots in Albany, Ohio with a home studio, she currently works for the Dairy barn Arts Center, teaching art in outreach programs to underserved children in Southeastern Ohio.
Yinka Orafidiya is a socially engaged ceramic artist based in Philadelphia, PA. Her artwork is rooted in the desire to promote awareness of our shared humanity, build community, and effect social change. Supported by a grant from the Leeway Foundation, her first solo show challenged social stigmas about mental illness and fostered solidarity in the community. She has exhibited at The Clay Gallery in Michigan, The Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery in New York, The Manchester Craftmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, the Woodmere Art Museum, and various other locations throughout the Philadelphia area. Yinka recently completed an advanced apprenticeship with a master potter in Ghana, West Africa and has participated in residencies at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works (Doylestown, PA), the International Ceramics Studio (Kecskemet, Hungary), and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (Newcastle, ME). She is the recipient of two grants from the Leeway Foundation, a Multicultural Fellowship from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and an Independence Foundation Fellowships in the Arts award. Yinka currently sustains her studio practice at The Allens Lane Art Center where she also teaches and works as the assistant studio technician.
Salvador Jiménez-Flores is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Jalisco, México. Since coming to the United States, Jiménez-Flores has contributed to the art scene by producing a mixture of socially conscious installation, public, and studio-based art. He has presented his work at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Casa de la Cultura in Jalisco, México amongst others. Jiménez-Flores recently completed a two year-long artist residency at the Harvard Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University. Also he served as the Artist-In-Residence for the City of Boston. Jiménez-Flores is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grants and was awarded the Kohler Arts Industry Residency for 2019. He is Assistant Professor in the ceramics department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Natalia Arbelaez is a Colombian American artist, born and raised in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents. She received her B.F.A. from Florida International University and her M.F.A. from The Ohio State University, where she received an Enrichment Fellowship. She completed a yearlong residency at the Clay Art Center; Port Chester, New York as a Barbara Rittenberg Fellow and was awarded the 2016 Inaugural Artaxis Fellowship that funded a residency to the Watershed in Newcastle, Maine. Her work has been exhibited nationally, in museums, galleries, and included in various collections such as the Everson Museum and The Frederik Meijer Gardens. She has been recognized by the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts as a 2018 Emerging Artist in the field. Natalia is currently a resident artist at the Harvard Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University where she is researching pre-Columbian art and histories.