Portnoy studied ceramics at University of Manitoba Winnipeg, & Nova Scotia College of Art & Design,
Halifax in Canada, & graduated from COFA (BA ceramics) in Sydney. She recently completed an MSA
(glass) at Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and been
the recipient of several major awards and public art commissions. Portnoy is a prolific interdisciplinary artist,
working in glass, clay, metals, & mixed media. Her background in ceramics informs her work in glass, which
has earned recognition and representation internationally in private and permanent collections. She teaches
workshops in Australia, Canada, Turkey, and in U.S. at Corning Museum of Glass & Urban Glass NY &
Pilchuck Seattle. She lives, works & teaches on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia.

“Art for me is a process of self actualization where what comes from within, reflected back offers me a
chanced to meet myself in a space of my own making. I am often surprised at what I create and excited at
how it provides me with a window into the deeper levels of my unconscious. I am driven to bring the Self to
actualization through sculptures that speak of our paradoxes and destinies set in the theatre of the absurd
and in the language of metaphor. My interest has always been in human nature, form, psychology,
mysticism, ritual and the mysteries of life.”