Coco has been a working Artist for over two decades creating, teaching and inspiring.
Coco has been working in clay since 1991. In 1996, she received her BFA in ceramics from California State University of Long Beach and then began her career as an Artist. Creating a work space/studio in her fathers garage, Coco started her first small business, named “In Pop’s Garage”. From this small space, she created pottery and sculpture, as well as taught pottery lessons.
From 1997 to 2000, Coco taught at Corinth Ceramics Studio in West Los Angeles. Gathering skills and knowledge, Coco opened her own studio in 2000, which she named “Santa Monica Mudd”.
In 2006, Coco created a sister business, which was named appropriately “Malibu Mudd”. This became her mobile pottery business, allowing Coco to reach out to larger groups, particularly private parties and local schools in Malibu, while continuing to run her studio in Santa Monica.
In 2011, Coco decided to close the Santa Monica Mudd Studio to focus on Malibu Mudd. This is where Coco continues to teach aspiring artists of all ages and is currently creating works, both functional and sculptural.
Coco’s passion for design and architecture influence the work she creates, particularly from the mid-century era and the works of artisans who proceeded that era. “The words: Made in America, aren’t something we typically see much of anymore. The pieces I create celebrate a time when quality succeeded quantity. I am hopeful that this idealism will find its way back.”
Coco takes inanimate objects from the past and brings life to them by recreating them out of clay. These life like sculptures are sentimental and symbolic to Coco and her family’s history. They become past memories of an era that people can relate to, as well as reflect upon.
Fusing her love of sculpture with her love of function, Coco’s most recent work effectively merges these two elements. She has created a playful way to enjoy a good cup of coffee and do what she loves.