We're off to Ohio to visit the studio of master potter and sculptor Brad Schwieger. During this one-hour studio visit, Brad will discuss his artistic journey and the parallels he finds between architecture and pottery. "Like architecture, pottery deals with elements of form and structure, interior/exterior, utility or containment, surface detail and adornment. I have attempted to synthesize these interests and produce work that shares the minimal and complex, the miniature and monumental, the formal elements of design, the implied and the possibility of actual function." - Brad Schwieger
We are off to Japan to visit with the incredibly prolific sculptor En Iwamura!
About the Visit an Artist Series: Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.
En Iwamura's current research investigates how he can influence and alter the experience of viewers who occupy space with his installation artworks. When Iwamura describes the space and scale in his works, he references the Japanese philosophy of Ma. Ma implies meanings of distance, moment, space, relationship, and more. People constantly read and measure different Ma between themselves, and finding the proper or comfortable Ma between people or places can provide a specific relationship at a given moment. Through his work, Iwamura intend to create such an encounter with site-responsive installations, and provide through entering the space, an opportunity for viewers to recognize Ma themselves.
This week, we'll stay close to home and visit our neighbors at Mudflat Studios in Somerville, MA to work with the amazing Clive Sithole! Clive was born in Soweto, South Africa and has traveled around South Africa to study and work with local potters, including Zulu and Venda ceramic artists. He has led workshops internationally, traveling to Nigeria to study the Udu ceramic drum, and to the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, England, to work with Magdalene Odundo. In 2018, Clive presented a workshop with Zulu potters Jabu Nala and Thembe Nala, demonstrating their traditional and contemporary coil building techniques and surface treatments. In 2019, Clive came to the US to be Mudflat's 2019-2020 Artist in Residence.
We are honored to have the opportunity to visit one of the most important voices in the the field of ceramics, mixed media sculpture, painting and drawing - Arthur Gonzalez! We will visit with Arthur in his California studio to discuss how he has crafted a career not defined by any one process or material but instead with his own unique brand of storytelling. From the artist's website: "Dark, somber and foreboding, Arthur Gonzalez's works encourage serious deliberation and reflection on the relationship between personal concerns and world issues. Raw in form, lacking in smoothness and rough in finish, the ceramic sculptures give glimpses of a conversation or a contemplation in progress. Gonzalez's creations of ceramic and found objects reveal visions and feelings that are not polished but ongoing processes of gyrating thoughts and churning emotions that threaten to erupt into reality and consciousness to defy the fantasy of a peaceful experience."
Once again, we have the pleasure of traveling to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to visit the one and only Suze Lindsay for a special two-hour edition of our series! During this visit, Suze will be focused her methods of decorating with slips to define and compliment the form. Though Suze fires in salt, these same techniques and slip recipes can be used in a variety of firing temperatures and atmospheres. All the recipes discussed during Suze's demonstration will be provided to each registered student.