Andrea Gill is a ceramic artist and former professor for Alfred University. Gill creates functional vases that are decorative and sculptural. Often using hand-cut stencils and stylized patterns to decorate her work and glaze to finish off her clay vessels, Gill is one of the pioneers responsible for the reemergence of decorative earthenware and maiolica glaze techniques. The forms of Gill’s vessels reflect their decorative characteristics, contain wing-like protrusions and extensions that function as part of the total object.
She received her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1971, and her MFA in Ceramic Art from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1976. While studying at Alfred, she met ceramic artist and now husband, John Gill. She later taught at Alfred University in the New York State College of Ceramics from 1984 until her retirement in 2017. Gill has been granted fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Ohio Art Council, the Archie Bray Foundation, and the American Crafts Council.
She has shown her work both nationally and internationally since 1976, and has pieces in permanent collections for various institutions including the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.