Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant

I'm thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a recipient of the 2018 Jerome Foundation Ceramic Artist Project Grant, provided by Northern Clay Center. I will be using resources from this grant to pursue a new sculptural body of work that aims to challenge conventional ideas and practices related to the use of local materials in the field of contemporary ceramics.

Throughout my career, the creation of ceramic vessels from local clays has been a significant tool for studying the dynamics of place, regional geology, and natural processes. Over time, I've realized that this work's dependency on clay minerals with attributes of plasticity has largely restricted my search to a narrow range of natural resources.

By investigating ways of "forming" and firing stones, minerals, sand, and other non-plastic resources that would otherwise inhibit conventional forming techniques, I hope to achieve new expressions of my environment and its unique geological history that are unbiased by the language of the vessel and its technical requirements.

These works represent a selection of the approaches and forms I anticipate investigating. Aggregates are collected throughout the states and are kiln-cast in custom made crucibles using low-fire glacial clays, limestone, and crushed feldspar as sintering agents.

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Upcoming Summer Workshops

I'm excited to announce that my partner, Zoë Powell and I will be teaching two workshops later this summer.  Both workshops have limited registration, and will be great experiences for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of wild clay locating/processing and wood firing. Registration and additional course information is available at the venue websites.


MID-RANGE WOOD FIRING
July 23–27, 2018

Mendocino Art Center
42500 Little Lake Street
Mendocino, CA 95460

www.mendocinoartcenter.org

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Participants will load and fire the MAC train kiln using non-traditional methods and materials in order to emphasize the soft effects, stone-like textures, and rich iron color palettes of mid-range wood firing. Please note that the kiln will be fired to a cooler temperature range of approximately cone 4 to cone 9. Bisque fired, unglazed, sculptural work is highly recommended.


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Wild Clay Weekend
August 23 - 28, 2018

Stone Bowl Farm
1258 Betts Bridge Road
West Pawlet, VT 05775

www.stonebowlfarm.com

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Participants will work through the stages of harvesting, processing, and testing wild clay materials in both oxidation and reduction atmospheres. Each workshop attendee will make several types of clay and glaze tests and will leave with an understanding of how to apply this knowledge to their own locations and studio practices.

This workshop will involve physical work as we explore the geology of Stone Bowl Farm and the surrounding area, as well as digging and preparing clay.  Participants should plan and dress accordingly. The workshop will include both ^6 oxidation firings and  ^ 10 firing of tests in the fast-fire wood kiln.

 

 

 

Featured Artist - Jouw Store

New 'Mountain Plates,' created for Steinbeisser's experimental gastronomy event in 2017 are now available for online purchase through their online store. In addition, they have featured a recent interview with me regarding thoughts on ceramics, the dining experience, and traditions. See the work and read the interview here.

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 Chef Corey Lee of San Francisco restaurant,  Benu  plating   eggplant, shiitake, and sesame leaf during Steinbeisser's experimental gastronomy event at Montalvo Arts Center, 2017.

Chef Corey Lee of San Francisco restaurant, Benu plating eggplant, shiitake, and sesame leaf during Steinbeisser's experimental gastronomy event at Montalvo Arts Center, 2017.

Recent Wood Fired Vessels

Anagama fired vessels from the end of 2017. These pieces were all made with coil construction methods using Minnesota kaolin and brick clay. They were anagama fired for 4 days at College of Saint Benedict with pine, oak, and mixed hardwoods.

Sage Culture 'The Ancient Oceans'

I'm pleased to be featured in the upcoming debut exhibition 'The Ancient Oceans' at Sage Culture, Los Angeles.

An opening reception will be held Saturday Nov 11th from 6-8 PM.
905 E 2nd Street, Unit 117
Arts District - Los Angeles, CA 90012.

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Learn more about Sage Culture's aesthetic vision through the promo video below:

Recent Photos

Explorations of Minnesota's Northern Shore, Iron Range, and Saint Croix River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop Update - Works for Sale

I've recently featured several new wood fired sculptural vessels made in Penland North Carolina as well as a small selection of sake ware from my final two firings in California. These pieces can be found in my online store.

  Ember Buried Vessel , Wild North Carolina Catawba Clay Wood Fired in Penland, NC

Ember Buried Vessel,
Wild North Carolina Catawba Clay
Wood Fired in Penland, NC

  Ember Buried Tokkuri  Wild California clay Wood Fired at Flynn Creek Pottery

Ember Buried Tokkuri
Wild California clay
Wood Fired at Flynn Creek Pottery

  Natural Ash Glazed Vessel  Wild California Clay Wood Fired at Flynn Creek Pottery

Natural Ash Glazed Vessel
Wild California Clay
Wood Fired at Flynn Creek Pottery

  Natural Ash Glazed Guinomi  Wild California Clay Wood Fired at Cobb Mountain Art & Ecology Project

Natural Ash Glazed Guinomi
Wild California Clay
Wood Fired at Cobb Mountain Art & Ecology Project

  Ember Buried Guinomi  Wild California Clay Wood Fired at Cobb Mountain Art & Ecology Project

Ember Buried Guinomi
Wild California Clay
Wood Fired at Cobb Mountain Art & Ecology Project

  Natural Ash Glazed Vessel  North Carolina STARworks Clay, Stone Inclusions Wood Fired in Penland, NC

Natural Ash Glazed Vessel
North Carolina STARworks Clay, Stone Inclusions
Wood Fired in Penland, NC

  Natural Ash Glazed Vessel  North Carolina STARworks Clay, Stone Inlcusions Wood Fired in Penland, NC

Natural Ash Glazed Vessel
North Carolina STARworks Clay, Stone Inlcusions
Wood Fired in Penland, NC

Train Kiln Construction in Mendocino

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of designing and leading the constructing of a train style wood fired kiln at Mendocino Art Center, in Mendocino, CA. The project began many months ago, staring with the deconstruction of the previous wood kiln. The Mendocino Train Kiln consists of an assembly of features collected from many designs throughout the country, with the core design originating from John Neely at Utah State University. 

Modifications were made to accommodate the kiln's location in the middle of a residential neighborhood, with the primary goal being to reduce smoke emissions while increasing the efficiency of combustion in order to consume less wood without sacrificing the natural ash glazes of the final product.

There are many people who assisted in the construction who deserve much recognition for their hard work in helping this project reach its conclusion - Evan Hobart: the current ceramics program manager, ceramics artist in residents, and workshop participants. 

The experience has reminded me of the requirement for hard work which lies at the core of this field. I'm happy to see this project in its completion and hope it functions as a great learning tool for the ceramics program and community. 

New Tableware for Saison, San Francisco

Over the past few months I have been pushing to complete a new series of table ware for the 3 Michelin star, San Francisco restaurant: Saison. The project has taken 3 months and has pushed me to the fringes of patience with the non-plastic local earthenware from Mendocino county used exclusively for order. In upholding my commitment to this material and this place, I am reminded that only the earth knows patience in its most honest and unadorned state. Maintaining scale and perspective regarding this issue keeps us moving at the same pace. I'm honored to be working with Saison and look forward to seeing them in use.