Alba Corrado was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY. Between earning two degrees – a BFA in Painting and an MFA in Sculpture – she married and gave birth to a daughter, Allison Paschke. Aided by a grant from the Bunting Institute, she made the switch to sculpture and worked with her mentor, figurative sculptor Frank Gallo, at the University of Illinois. As a figurative sculptor, Corrado first cast her work in translucent, pigmented polyester resin, a medium that required high resolution and polish and mimicked the quality of a film still. Health and environmental concerns led her to abandon this material in favor of cast stone, bronze and, more recently, low-fire earthenware.
Lately Corrado’s focus is on Hecate, the ancient Greek goddess of witches, crones and wise women seen in the iconic format of altar pieces, shrines and censers. Her materials are low-tech: slip-cast or hand-built clay surfaced with pigmented Terra Sigillata, beads, drawn patterns and metal leaf.
As RISD’s calligrapher, Corrado letters graduates’ names on the famous Benson diplomas each year. She also designs, letters and often illuminates full texts of citations and certificates. As a teacher at RISD, she is committed to sharing her knowledge and experience of core 3D design issues, as well as legacy processes, with the most gifted and intelligent students on the planet. She also expresses her creativity in spring and summer as an organic gardener.