Claire Piredda was born in Montreal, Canada in 1963. A versatile artist, she studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and sculpture at the Temple University Tyler School of Art in Rome, while also attending the Costume & Fashion Academy. Throughout her career, she has worked in the fields of restoration and fashion design but recently she decided to devote herself more to sculpture, painting and the illustration of children’s books.
Piredda’s red clay sculptures usually reference the world of childhood and are a delicate synthesis of memory and emotion. The artist digs and processes her own clay from local sites around Rome that were once home to the ancient Etruscan civilization, famous for its pottery. Her direct approach to the raw material allows her sculptures to maintain a spontaneous, natural quality without any mediation.