Loretta Kaufman is a first generation Croatian-American sculptor and painter.  Originally

from New York, raised in Venezuela, she has lived and worked in the Bahamas and South

Africa. Loretta now maintains a studio in Nashville. Educated at Palm Beach Jr. College and

the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale in Florida, Kaufman studied under ceramic artist

Mohaczy-Matic in Pretoria.  During the 1970's, in South Africa, Loretta's work was hand

built earthernware.  Humidors, wall tiles and sculptures were produced  for retailers in

Pretoria and Johannesburg.  Over the years she has found that work in one medium can give

her an idea for something in another.  Her ideas have been interpreted in several media

including clay, wood, fiber and paint.  The sparks that start the process and the inspiration

behind Loretta's work are the natural world and the life around us.

Loretta's paintings and ceramics have been exhibited in over 150 solo, invitational, juried  

national/international exhibitions  and has won several awards for her work.  Kaufman was a

faculty member of the Greenville County Museum of Art School where she taught sculpture,

has completed residencies in the South Carolina Arts Commission Arts in Education Program

and given many workshops.  She is  an Emeritus member of Piedmont Craftsmen (clay) and a member of

the National Association of Women Artists.  Articles and reviews of Loretta's work have been published in

Atlanta Art Papers, Boston Herald, Charlotte Observer and Ceramics Monthly.    South Carolina ETV has

produced several monographs about Loretta.  Her full biography is listed in both Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who In America.