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Josh DeWeese has spent a lifetime working in clay, finding inspiration in his love of the throwing and firing processes. His ideas are rooted in utilitarian pottery and how the objects he creates interact with our daily lives:
“I’ve always been a sucker for the process, but the underlying theme is an interest in how those objects interact with our daily lives. The best example is a handmade cup. There’s something so simple about a cup. It drifts in and out of our focus, we sort of forget about it, and then are captured by its power as it returns to our consciousness. Cups are like our friends, a feeling most illuminated when our favorite one is broken. I feel continually challenged by the engineering of how a pot works. I’m interested in the character or personality, particularly with pouring vessels. They take on a personality. That thing with the spout and handle, becomes animated in a way.”
DeWeese uses a mix of regional clays to create classic, functional forms, but he’s always experimenting with glazes made with native materials , painterly application techniques and firing processes resulting in the other-worldly palettes only created in wood, salt and soda kilns. He was influenced by mid-century contemporary icons, like Pete Voulkos and Rudy Autio, and today champions the lessons they shared: the value of establishing a strong foundation of skill so one is equipped with the tools they need to find their own voice. The artist has influenced countless ceramic artists during his tenure as the the Director of the Archie Bray Foundation from 1992-2006, and now through his teaching role at Montana State University and, through workshops and lectures nationally.
First Friday, July 1st 2016
6:00 – 9:00 pm