Rita Varian is a ceramic artist living in Long Island City, New York. She creates handbuilt sculpture and functional art.  Her signature technique is the making and use of the tools you see in the background photo. Each tool is hand carved and creates a unique texture when pressed and rolled on wet clay. 
Rita Varian earned her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred Universtity, and her MFA at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is an associate member of Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center.