Fort Collins, CO
Born in Santa Clarita, CA, Brooke currently maintains her studio practice in Fort Collins, CO. D'Onofrio holds an MFA from NYSCC at Alfred University, and a BFA from The University of the Pacific in 2010, and was a post-bac student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She has been a ceramic technician at Cabrillo College and Alfred University. Brooke also taught ceramics courses at Alfred University as well as teaching workshops at craft schools and universities. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and internationally and has been a in resident at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts. She is currently the Director for the Artstream Nomadic Gallery and Teaches at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
My ceramic vessels and sculptures look for the wiggle room in between categories relating to the fields of design, sculpture, craft, and painting. The form of the clay coil is a central essential shape in my work which is reproduced throughout non-human nature. The coil or tube is also all around and within us. They are our veins that connect our organs, the pipes in our homes, and the wires that carry our energy, information, and waste.
My shapes spring from molds I take of simple forms which I use as a jumping-off point for relentlessly exploring the many possible expressions of the shapes. Testing for flexibility of myself and my material, I create vessels that respond to my present moment and express my individual and collective thoughts. I take apart the conventional components of the vessel and re-compose to question what it all boils down to, and how something grows from there.