Born in Poland in 1901. Studied
at the Jewish People's Institute, The Studio of Todros Geller, and
Hull House Art Center, all in Chicago. Her family emigrated to Chicago
when she was 15, and at the age of 20, she married and moved to
Espaniola in New Mexico. With the arrival of a son the Pillins moved
back to Chicago where she continued to paint in watercolor and oil.
A one man show in the Chicago Art Institute received encouraging
reviews inluding favorable comments by Frank Holland, art critic
for the Chicago Sun Times. Upon visiting an Oriental collection
of pottery at the Insitute, she became fascinated by the glazes
and forms of the bowls and vases. Within 6 weeks of classes in pottery
where she learned various techinques her formal training was over.
Aside from that experience the artist was entirely self taught.
In 1948 the Pillins moved to Los Angeles where they established
a pottery studio.Her works are in the collection of the Long Beach
Museum, Dallas Art Musuem, Syracuse Museum, University of Maine,
Otis Art Institute, and many public and private collections. Memberships
included the San Francisco Art Association, Califronia Watercolor
Society, American Ceramic Society and the American Craftsmen's Council.
Articles and illustrated essays include Arts & Architecture,
American Artist,The Arts, Los Angeles Times, Trace, Craftsmen of
the Southwest Annual plus other periodicals. Exhibitions include
the San Francisco Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Portland Art Museum,
Cooper Union, N.Y.C., University of Illinois, Butler Art Institute,
Oakland Art Museum, Scripps College, Ohio University, Seattle Art
Museum, Wichita Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, De Young Art
Museum, plus others.