Skuja Braden /   Inguna Skuja and Melissa Braden

Latvia 1999

Ceramic Art

Skuja Braden
Inguna Skuja and Melissa Braden
January 18, 2016
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Skuja Braden is an artistic duo consisting of Inguna Skuja and Melissa Braden, currently living in Latvia. They are well known for their ceramic artworks.

Art by Skuja Braden

Skuja Braden - Little Red Riding Hood Vase, 2014 - Tiny Wolf and Little Red Bowl, 2014
Skuja Braden – Little Red Riding Hood Vase, 2014 / Tiny Wolf and Little Red Bowl, 2014

Inguna Skuja studied Ceramics at Applied Art College in Riga, Latvia and at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, received her BA in Ceramic Studies from Latvian Art Academy, Riga, Latvia, in 1992, and her MFA in Ceramics from the same institution in 2011. Melissa Braden studied Painting and Ceramics at Latvian Art Academy in Riga, Latvia, received her AA in Fine Art and AA in Liberal Art from Sierra College, Rocklin, CA, in 1992, her BA in Painting/Sculpture and BA in Art History from Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, in 1997, and her MA in Film Production-ABT from the same institution in 1999.

Art by Skuja Braden

Skuja Braden - Nude Egg, 2014 - Sexy Teapot Set, 2015
Skuja Braden – Nude Egg, 2014 / Sexy Teapot Set, 2015

Inguna Skuja and Melissa Braden are real people who exist in the real world, but in the world of art, it is only one person who exists, and that is Skuja Braden. Their individual qualities, their inspiration, view of the world, all of that combined create one widely recognized name. They both participate in every step in the process of creating. Duo started working together in 1999, and has stayed together ever since. During to technical problems, they were forced to move from the USA to Latvia, and they now work in Riga. Even though Skuja Braden faced difficulties as an artist working only with ceramics, they never even thought about changing their approach. All of their work is a beautiful combination of sculpture and painting, and the decision to stay in the world of ceramics was, and is justified with every new piece they create.

Art by Skuja Braden

Skuja Braden - Small Vase With Couple, 2011 - Sexy Vases, 2015
Skuja Braden – Small Vase With Couple, 2011 / Sexy Vases, 2015

They are represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace in Mermaid Beach, Australia.

Skuja Braden lives and works in Riga, Latvia.

All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016General Exhibition19 Karen Contemporary Arspace, Gold Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIAGroup
2015Lost and FoundThe Art Museum RIGA BOURSE, Riga LATVIAGroup
2015Sexy – A Ceramics Expose19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIAGroup
2013A Dog’s Life: Un-chainedRiga’s Porcelain Museum, Riga LATVIASolo
2013Skuja braden Laiks PasacinaiLaipa Galerija, Valmeia LATVIASolo
2013Mana Aizkraukle: Skuja BradenKalna Ziedi Mueum, Aizkraukle, LATVIASolo
2013Skuja Braden StastaBastejs Galerija, Riga LATVIASolo
2013Peter Martinson and Contemporary Ceramics LatviaArt and History Museum, Vitebsk BELARUSGroup
2013Small Forms BiennaleRiga’s Porcelain Museum, Old Riga LATVIAGroup
2013Underwater WarTalsi Museum, Talsi LATVIAGroup
2013DaugavaArt and History Museum, Kalna Ziedi, Aizkraukle LATVIAGroup
2013Berlin Art WeekBastejs Galerija, Berlin GERMANYGroup
2013Landescape AfterwardsDaugavils Clay Art Center, Daugavpils LATVIAGroup
2013Landescape ForewardMark Rothko Museum and Art Center, Daugavpils LATVIAGroup
2013FEMAIL PROJECTARTicle Gallery, Birmingham UKGroup
2013Downlands College 3rd Annual InvitationalDownlands College, Toowoomba, Queensland AUSTRALIAGroup
2013Garden of Destiny Charity AuctionLarge Guild House, Riga LATVIAGroup
2013Plates and Totems InvitationalBlue Line Arts, Roseville, Californis USAGroup
2013Latvian National Art Museum Recent Aquisitions ExhibitionLatvian National Art Museum, Riga LATVIAGroup
2013Rudens 2012/2013Latvian Artist Union, Riga LATVIAGroup
2013Aizkraukles 45 year JubileeAizkraukles Museum of Art and History, Aizkraukle LATVIAGroup
2012Laced PorcelainCsipske Museum, Kiskunhalas, Kossuth HUNGARYSolo
2012Ceramic Annual of AmericaFestival Hall, Fort Mason, San Francisco, California USAGroup
2012Truth, Myth and Bullshit with Yvonne GernerDanish Cultural Institute, Riga LATVIAGroup
2012ZvaigznesRiga Porcelain Museum, Riga LATVIAGroup
2011Sweet KissMans’s Gallery, Jekabpils LATVIASolo
2011Beyond Black and WhiteGalerija Putti, Riga LATVIASolo
2011RudensRigas Telpa, Riga LATVIAGroup
2011Re-NovacijaLatvia’s Museum of Decorative and Design Arts, Riga LATVIAGroup
2011Rojal Art and Film FestivalRoja’s Culture Center, Roja LATVIAGroup
2011Seviete T-ElpaRiga LATVIAGroup
2011Beyond Black and WhiteRussian National Library ST PETERSBURGGroup
2010Karma KomaMakslas XO Galerija, Riga LATVIASolo
2010Karma KomaMuseum of History and Art, Aizkraukle LATVIASolo
2010Small Scale Porcelain TriennaleRiga’s Porcelain Museum, Riga LATVIAGroup
2010Sitka Center Annual Art InvitationalWorld Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon USAGroup
2010Makslas OptimizacijaMuseum of Applied and Decorative Art, Riga LATVIAGroup
2010My Erotic ValentineBeet Gallery, Portland, Oregon USAGroup
2009Puzzling Skuja BradenMuseum of Contemporary Craft Gallery, Portland, Oregon USASolo
2009IV International Ceramic Tile TriennialMuseum of Contemporary Ceramics, Santo Domingo, DOMINICAN REPUBLICGroup
2009Sitka Center Annual Art InvitationalWorld Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon USAGroup
2009Little CrimesLatvian Art Academy, Riga LATVIAGroup
2009Art On the VineOCAC Art Auction, Convention Center, Portland, Oregon USAGroup
2009IntimeMuseum of Applied and Decorative Art, Riga LATVIAGroup
2008Dowry: The Business of MarriagePence Gallery, Davis, California USASolo
2008SupercrockMemorial Union Hall. OSU, Corvallis, Oregon USASolo
2008BloodlinesSitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon USASolo
2008Sitka Center Annual Art InvitationalWorld Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon USAGroup
2008Human Impulse. Sandy & Diane Bessor CollectionASU Museum, Tempe Arizona USAGroup
200817th Annual National Ceramic CompetitionSan Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas USAGroup
2007World Women on the HorizonBaltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland USAGroup
2007Handmade for the HolidaysContemporary Craft Museum. Portland, Oregon USAGroup
20075th Cheongju International Craft BiennalCheongju-do City SOUTH KOREAGroup
2006Born in the SummerhouseMuseum of History and Art, Aizkraukle, LATVIASolo
2006By the Hand: A National Juried ExhibitionBedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, Californis USAGroup
2006Feats of ClayGladding McBean Factory, Lincoln, Californis USAGroup
200616th National Ceramic CompetitionSan Angelo Museum, San Angelo, Texas USAGroup
2006Thirty SculptorsJohn Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California USAGroup
2006Ink and Clay ’32Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cal Poly, Pomona, California USAGroup
2006Cheongju International Craft BiennaleCheongju-city, REPUBLIC OF KOREAGroup
200630 SculptorsCCACA John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California USAGroup
2006Ink and Clay ’31Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cal Poly, Pomona, California USAGroup
2005Skuja Braden BabiesJohn Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California USASolo
2005SOFA ChicagoJohn Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California USAGroup
2004SOFA ChicagoJohn Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California USAGroup
2004Thirty SculptorsJohn Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California USAGroup
2004Excellence In CeramicsExploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, California USAGroup
2004Gigantic FigurinesKirkland Art Center, Kirkland, Washington State USAGroup
2003The Inevitability of ChangeSol Ceramica Gallery, Sacramento, California USASolo
2003Cuillere Ceramique, Prix De La Ville De CarougeCarouge Museum, Geneva SWITZERLANDGroup
2003East Meets WestHistoric Fong Mansion, Sacramento, California USAGroup
2003Competition of the ForkFork It Magazine, Uptown Studios. Sacto, California USAGroup
2003Cheongju International Craft BiennaleCheongju Arts Center, Cheongju-do KOREAGroup
2003Erotic or NotUptown Studios Gallery, Sacramento, Californis USAGroup
2003Contemporary Latvian CeramicsKurasaaree Castle Museum, Saareema ESTONIAGroup
2003Tits and AssUptown Studios Gallery, Sacramento, California USAGroup
2002VesselsMirror Pond Gallery, Bend, Oregon USAGroup
2002Flowing VesselsGardo’s Gallery, Bridgeport, Pennsylvania USAGroup
2002Fragile Handle With CareSolomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacto, California USAGroup
2002Birds of ClayFrog Hollow, Middlebury, Vermont USAGroup
2002Ink and Clay ’29Kelloggs Univ. Art Gallery, Pomona, California USAGroup
2001Evening TreasuresPutti Gallery, Riga LATVIASolo
2001Kaila PatiecibaMakslas XO Galerija, Riga LATVIASolo
2001AntinsArsenals Museum, Riga LATVIAGroup
2001Art In The AirairBaltic Corporate Collection, Applied Art Museum, Riga LATVIAGroup
2001The 1st World Ceramic Biennale 2001Ichon KOREAGroup
2001Nordic Baltic Fabula ExhibitionThe Art Center, Silkborg DENMARKGroup
2001UnknownBryggens Museum, Bergen, NorwayGroup
2001UnknownApplied Arts Museum, Tallinn estoniaGroup
1999Head-LampsSalon Maksla, Riga LATVIASolo
1999Here Kitty, Kitty!Ciris Gallery, Riga LATVIASolo
19991st International Erotica ExhibitionKipsala Hall, Riga LATVIAGroup
19991st International Floristica ExhibitionDailes Theatre, Riga LATVIAGroup
199915 Artists from LatviaGallery J&B. Copenhagen DENMARKGroup
1999Latvian Academy of Art ExhibitionMS Gallery, Riga LATVIAGroup
1998The Best of SkujaGallery Salons Maksla, Riga LATVIASolo
1998Ten WomenCiris Gallery, Riga LATVIASolo
1998Landscapes in TransitionThe Center, Eureka, California USASolo
1998Naked TruthInk People Center for The Arts, Eureka, California USASolo
1998Advancing SculptureReese-Bullen Gallery, Arcata, California USAGroup
1998Art Of Contemporary LatviaMaison du Danemark, Champs-Elysees, Paris FRANCEGroup
1998The 2nd World Latvian Artists ExhibitionRiga LATVIAGroup
1998Ritums Ivanovs and Inguna SkujaCesis Museum, Cesis LATVIAGroup
1997Skuja For Sale $9.50M6 Gallery, Riga LATVIASolo
1997Hares and Eggs!A/S Unibanka, Riga LATVIASolo
1997Maksla Mode MuzikaLatvian Art Union Gallery, Riga LATVIAGroup
1997The World’s 5th Triennale in PlasticsZagreb CROATIAGroup
1997Art of Contemporary LatviaGrande Salle de l’Aubette, Strasbourg FRANCEGroup
1997Local Filmmaker’s Night – Better Off Dead Than Little RedVan Duzer Theater, Arcata, California USAGroup
19971st Annual Women Make ArtInk People Center for the Arts, Eureka, California USAGroup
1997Amazing 8 ArtistsCenter Gallery, Riga LATVIAGroup
1996Recycled DreamsFoyer Gallery, HSU, Arcata, California USASolo
1996Love TriangleLatvian Art Union Gallery, Riga LATVIASolo
1996European WomenGallery Shambala, Copenhagen DENMARKGroup
1996ArtGenda, International Art ProjectEuropean Cultural City, Copenhagen DENMARKGroup
1996Annual Juried Student ExhibitionHumboldt State University, Arcata, California USAGroup
1996Maris D. Benson Presents Advanced SculptorsR. Bullen Gallery, Arcata, California USAGroup
1995Easter DayRiga’s Gallery, Riga LATVIASolo
1995Baltic States Ceramic TriennaleVilnus, LITHUANIAGroup
1995HerbstmesseInternational Messe of Frankfurt, Frankfurt GERMANYGroup
1995Artist In Residence, (Inguna Skuja Invited Artist)Kechkemet HUNGARYGroup
1995Drawings from NatureNatural History Museum, Arcata, California USAGroup
1994100th Anniversary of Art from the BalticMalmo SWEDENGroup
1994International Exhibition of Practical ArtBlue Hall, Tallin ESTONIAGroup
1993Inguna Skuja’s PorcelainJana Seta Gallery, RigaLATVIASolo
1993Woman’s KneeJana Seta Gallery, Riga LATVIASolo