Many people think of Viola Frey as a maker of ceramic objects. Formerly trained as a painter, she studied with both Richard Diebenkorn and Mark Rothko, Frey’s practice incorporated painting, drawing and even photography. Frey was a cultural observer and her work reflected how she interpreted the world. One core theme explored throughout her career was the social commentary on the power structure between male and female and the roles they played during her lifetime. This investigation is prescient today with the continued struggle for equal rights and the upward path to break the glass ceiling. Her work was strongly influenced by her passion for art history, and her resulting imagery can often be viewed through this lens.