Claudia Tarantino grew up in San Francisco and received her BA in Art from Domincan College of San Rafael, CA. After many years of supporting herself as a full time production potter, she transitioned into working exclusively in porcelain. Claudia now focuses on trompe l’oeil still life sculptures. A two-time recipient of Marin Arts Council Individual Artist Grants, her work is exhibited nationally and her sculptures are in many private collections and museums. Images and reviews of Claudia's work have been published in numerous books and magazines. Claudia is an accomplished art object restorer. From 1985 to 2012 she and her husband had a successful art restoration business, Ceramics Art Restoration. Claudia lives in San Anselmo, CA with her husband, artist Bill Abright. They share a spacious studio built under their hillside home. They have two adult sons, Oben Abright and Guston Abright, both artists.
Trompe-l’oeil ceramics from Tarantino, whose attention to detail brings a remarkable state of life and energy to an otherwise well-trodden path of still-life arrangement. The artist sees food as the facilitator of primary human engagement and social interaction, the preparation a ritualistic and emotionally rigorous event — and the ceramic sculpture aims to immortalise the action and become a symbolic token that serves to highlight individual roles in art exchanges.