Mad Art Gallery Friday May 3rd, 2013…7-11pm
This new work has been a fun shift. The compositions are organized as a response to the fired clay, wood, and concrete elements. I’m looking forward to introducing some new materials. Stay tuned.
Concrete! What a fantastic material.
We fired the massive wood kiln at SIUE a couple weeks ago. It was really fun to see that monster on fire! Good to meet some new folks too. Here is one of my bowls, about 11″ in diameter.
My undergrad teacher, Stephen Heywood, invited me to participate in a really cool show concept in St. Pete, FL. Six ceramics prof. teaching in Florida invited a current or past student to exhibit work along side them. Lucky for me I still have family in Florida so I am sending work down via my in-laws to my parents who will then get the work to Heywood who will then get the work to the gallery! Crazy but it works! I’ll post up the show card when I get it. Cheers,
Well I made it! The half-way point of my graduate career. This was one of the biggest moments for me in this three year program. Basically I put together a 45 minute power point presentation outlining my undergraduate work, my current and past influences, and my progress made so far in graduate school. I made some new display tools (a free standing shelf and a table) and set-up my work for a lengthy critique after my presentation. The good news: I passed!
Just finished the first critique for the fall 2011 semester. I feel as if I made some real progress and gained some new insight to why I make the things I make. Here is a condensed artist statement for my latest work:
As an object maker, I find the objects that one collects, displays, saves, or neglects, inherently say something about its owner. In the home, objects fill the space with information about its inhabitant, as these objects represent a series of choices, stories, and other unexpected truths. It is in this context that objects can be given life. My work seeks a relationship between object and holder, where the object becomes an element of their personal story.
I often work in a still life format, as a link to the domestic space. I am interested in the conversation that happens as different objects interact with each other. Drawing inspiration from architectural modernism, my forms and surfaces seek a distilled and understandable existence, yet varied enough to create distinctive exchanges with neighboring forms.
I’ve been getting prepared for my launch into the Saint Louis art scene! One year has passed since moving back to St. Louis for graduate school, and I’m just now begining to put myself and my work out there. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (September 9,10,11th) I will be selling work at the Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood with my my grad school buddy Ashley Drissell. The event is called “Art Outside.” We have both been working hard to get work fired and we are almost in the home stretch as far as preparation goes… We fired our cross-draft soda kiln last week, and I have a bunch of new cacti/succulent pots in the electric kiln as I type. Part of the preparation for the festival was to finally create some business cards. Here is what I was able to come up with…