Artist’s Statement/CV

Etching DetailI am very interested in the complete cycle of creating clay objects. Working on the wheel has provided a framework, grounded in functionality, which allows creativity to flourish. Functional demands inform aesthetics and vice versa creating an evolution that hopefully moves forward to better work. Imperfections that occur while aspiring to perfection are exciting and learning to let them be has been a challenge. Not setting out with strict limitations always allows some wiggle room to let something become something else. This makes each object’s creation different and the immense frontier of possibilities provides exhilaration. Wondering about the unknown results in the coming years of trial and error, a period that all potters eventually get under their belts, appeals to a sense of anticipation about the promise of the future.

Sculpture was the area of fine art I pursued in graduate school and this nonfunctional 3D experience provides a subconscious foundation to decide whether a form satisfies my internal aesthetic or not and allows me to trust decisions made on the wheel without dwelling on them overtly. The decorative motifs and the evolution of said motifs are inspired by admiring natural beauty as well as the gamut of manmade visual vocabularies. There is a certainty of action that is apparent with many painters, sculptors, calligraphers etc. in their brushstrokes or marks in clay that are evidence of a wealth of experience and honing that I always respond to and I aspire to have that quality show up in my own work.

I throw porcelain on the wheel and fire to cone 6 in an oxidation environment. One technique used frequently is painting a resist on the unfired piece freehand and later, etching away the exposed area with water. This technique can be repeated with drying time in between to create layers of etched design. Sometimes a colored slip is applied to the exposed area after the etching that accentuates the design by boosting the contrast between the clay body and the etched area. Another technique that is present to varying degrees is chattering. This is achieved by holding a metal “rib” at a particular angle while the pottery wheel spins at a certain speed and then letting the rib bounce or vibrate along the surface of the vessel. The longer it is done, the deeper and more pronounced the chattering.


BFA / Drawing / Ceramics – Murray State University / Murray, KY / 1977-1982
Graduate School / Ceramics – University of Montana / Missoula, MT / 1982-1983
MFA / Sculpture – Southern Illinois University / Carbondale, IL / 1983-1986

Independent Ceramic Artist – Louisville, KY / 2004 – present
• Create one-of-a-kind functional and decorative porcelain ceramic pieces

Corvus Digital Solutions – Louisville, KY / 1996 – 2004 / VP Operations/VP of Creative Development/Creative Director

• Oversaw all production with managers of systems design, systems development, creative design, creative development, network administration, project management, and quality assurance as direct reports
• Served as Manager of IT Services which was a joint group for Corvus and our sister company. This group addressed network administration, security, disaster recovery for both companies
• In addition to all internet development projects, led the product development team in the development of web-based/CD-based training software for the human resources training industry
• Developed internet and CBT applications from concept to completion including video production, script writing, audio, scripting language development, graphic design and information architecture

Woodworker and Freelance Graphic Designer – Louisville, KY / 1994 – 1996 Woodworker/Graphic Designer

• Constructed original designed furniture
• Developed graphic design projects

White Wolf Computer Graphics – Louisville, KY / 1988 – 1994 / Computer Graphics Designer and Animator

• Produced 3D video animation for corporate training videos and television
• Developed 3D animation, 3D models, rotoscoping, 2D animation, audio production and video graphics

Recent Exhibitions:
2005 – “In Our Cups” – Geneseo, New York -purchase award
2005 – “Cup: The Intimate Object IV” – Charlie Cummings Clay Studio” – Fort Wayne, Indiana
2006 – “Galleries at Gallery” – Heritage Gallery – Des Moines, Iowa
2006 – “History In The Making” – Genesee Pottery – Rochester, New York
2006 – “Holidazzle 2006” – Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts – Louisville, Kentucky
2006 – “Contemporary Underglaze Blue” Padma Gallery – Des Moines, Iowa – solo exhibition
2007 – “Yunomi Invitational” – AKAR Design Gallery – Iowa City, Iowa
2007 – “Amalgamation” – Goodall Gallery – Louisville, Kentucky – 3 person exhibition @ NCECA
2007 – “History In The Making” – Genesee Pottery – Rochester, New York
2007 – “Holidazzle 2007” – Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts – Louisville, Kentucky
2008 – “Yunomi Invitational” – AKAR Design Gallery – Iowa City, Iowa
2009 – “Yunomi Invitational” – AKAR Design Gallery – Iowa City, Iowa
2009 – “Featured Artist” – AKAR Design Gallery – Iowa City, Iowa
2009 – “Holidazzle 2009” – Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts – Louisville, Kentucky
2010 – “Yunomi Invitational” – AKAR Design Gallery – Iowa City, Iowa
2010 – Two Person Show (with Jeff Campana) – Terra Incognito – Chicago, Illinois
2010 – Lilstreet International “Bowl Me Over” – Lilstreet Arts Center – Chicago, Illinois
2010 – “Last Call” – St. Petersburg Clay – St. Petersburg, Florida
2010 – “Clay and Blogs: Telling a Story” – Southern Pines, North Carolina
2011 – “Pairings” – Carbondale Clay Center – Carbondale, Colorado
2011 – “An Artful Array-Bowls By KY Artists” – Berea, Kentucky
2011 – “Holidazzle 2011” Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts – Louisville, KY
2012 – “Teabowl National” Kansas City Clay Guild – Kansas City
2012 – “Mint Julep Invitational” – Mary Anderson Center – Mt. St. Francis, IN
2012 – “Louisville Clay 10th Anniversary Show – Weber Gallery – Louisville KY
2012 – “Etched In Clay” – Solo Exhibition – Olivet College – Olivet, Michigan
2012 – “Iron Variations” – Schaller Gallery – St. Joseph, Michigan
2012 – “The Art Of It All” – Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts – Pagosa Springs, CO
2013 – “Yunomi Invitational” – AKAR Design Gallery – Iowa City, Iowa

“Etched In Clay” – article in Pottery Making Illustrated – 2010
“Surface, Glaze & Form: Pottery Techniques – 2012
“Ceramics Today – Jeffrey B. Snyder – 2010

Permanent Collections:
Personal Collection of Sidney Swidler
Rosenfeld Collection
Kentucky Fried Chicken International Headquarters
Murray Public Library

One Response to “Artist’s Statement/CV”

  1. michele Says:

    Beautiful work and skill involved in making this teapot. Very lovely.

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