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Sasha Koozel Reibstein

b. boston, massachusetts

Sasha Koozel Reibstein

b. boston, massachusetts

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My work reflects on experiences of transformation, alchemy and the sublime, manifesting in sculptures that undulate between soft and hard, alive and static, real and imagined. These works shape-shift, oscillating between abstraction, flora, fauna and mineral. This has the effect of compressing time, with elements frozen in mid-transformation. This dislocation reflects on mortality and ephemerality, exploring the space in between stages in our lives as well as embracing fantasies of alternative dimensions as a means of escapism.

Material experimentation is important to my practice with some works having crystals cultivated directly onto sculpted armatures or encrusted with dense aggregates juxtaposed with traditional glaze surfaces to create a compelling tension. I want to subvert expectations for both subject and material, introducing mystery and questioning assumptions about beauty and value by pairing both high and low brow materials to create holographic, iridescent and precious metal surfaces. These works pull from the glam aesthetics of my youth, in part using the dazzling surfaces to create an alchemic landscape while also connecting to my own sense of nostalgia and memory as I consider time and mortality.

Recent works have had a more direct connection to science fiction and space, using conceptual elements such as black holes and portals to further explore psychic transformation and altered states of consciousness.


Sasha Koozel Reibstein (b. Boston, MA) is a mixed media artist living in San Diego, California. Her work reflects on transformation, mortality and the sublime through sculptures that undulate between soft and hard, alive and static, real and imagined. While primarly sculpting out of clay, Reibstein‘s experimentation and broad use of materiál, ranging from 22k gold to cosmetic glitter, allow her to create objects that are alchemic, acting as vehicles for psychic teleportation.

Reibstein has traveled extensively, working and exhibiting in Germany, Denmark, Hungary and China. Her work has been included in over 80 national and international exhibitions including at The Zentrum fur Keramik in Berlin, Germany, Guldagergaard in Skaelskor, Denmark, NY Arts Magazine and ArtSpace 1 in Beijing, China, Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, The Morris Graves Museum in Eureka, CA, The Attelboro Museum in Attelboro, MA, The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, The American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA, MCASD, the San Diego International Airport and The International Mingei Museum in San Diego, CA. Press includes HereIn Journal, Maake Magazine, Art Ltd, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Ceramics Monthly, the San Diego Union Tribune, Glasstire, Simayspace and NY Arts Magazine, among others. She was awarded and International Resident Artist Award from NCECA and has participated in numerous residencies nationally and abroad, including an upcoming residency in summer 2022 at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.


  • 2003-2005 - Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, MFA in Sculpture/Ceramics
  • 1996-2000 - University of Michigan School of Art and Design, Ann Arbor, MI, BFA in Ceramics and Painting, Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • 2022 - “Are You Okay in the Dark?”, Quint Gallery, San Diego, CA SOLO EXHIBIT
  • “Earth Oracle,” Mayten’s Projects, Toronto, Canada
  • “Small Acts – The Craft of Subversion,” City College Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
  • “Sasha Koozel Reibstein,” Duane Reed Gallery SOLO EXHIBIT
  • 2021 - “A Large Group of Small Artworks,” Quint Gallery, San Diego, CA
  • “Featured Artist,” Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
  • “Forces of Nature,” San Diego International Airport, CA, 2 year exhibition
  • “Winter Sublime,” Shape Theory Collective
  • “Art Auction,” MassArt Art Museum, Boston, MA
  • 2020 - “Art Auction,” Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
  • “The Clay Studio National,” The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
  • “The 23rd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition,” San Angelo, TX
  • “LUSH,” The Lighthouse Art Center, Tequesta, FL
  • “Endangered,” California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA
  • “Contingent Upon,” Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA
  • 2019 - “Antivenom,” Quint Projects, San Diego, CA SOLO EXHIBIT
  • “Beyond the Brickyard”, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
  • “Anthropocene,” The Bonita Museum, Bonita, CA
  • “Small Favors,” The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
  • “In Place,” The Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN
  • 2022 - Resident Artist, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME
  • Visiting Artist, Traingle Potter’s Guild, Raleigh, NC
  • 2020 - Lecturer, Lunch and Learn with Jennifer Zwilling, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
  • Artist, James Renwick Alliance Studio Tour
  • Visiting Artist, SUNY, Suffolk County, NY
  • Visiting Artist, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
  • 2019 - Visiting Artist, California State University, San Bernadino, CA
  • Artist, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Avant Garde Collector’s Tour
  • Artist, To Do Mending Workshop, MCASD
  • 2022 - “Artist Sasha Koozel Reibstein Shoots for the Starts,” by Seth Combs, San Diego Union Tribune, Full-page feature, February 6, 2022
  • 2021 - “Jordan Karney Chaim on Sasha Koozel Reibstein, HereIn Journal, July 6, 2021
  • “The Context of Technique,” by Lauren Mabry, Studio Potter, March 1, 2021
  • “Exposure – Duane Reed Gallery”, Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August 2021
  • 2021 - Artist Interview with Shape Theory Collective, Instagram Live, November 24, 2021
  • 2020 - “Risktakers – Meet Sasha Koozel Reibstein”, Shoutout SoCal, December 28, 2020
  • The Sculptureum, Matakana, New Zealand
  • The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
  • Artisan Works – Where Art Lives, Rochester, NY,
  • International Ceramic Research Center, Guldagergaard, Skaelskor, Denmark
  • Zentrum für Keramik, Berlin, Germany
  • A-Space/Art Base 1, Beijing, China

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