Andrew Casto

Andrew Casto was born in Delaware, Ohio in 1977. He received his B.A. from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and his M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from The University of Iowa. In the fall of 2014 Casto will join the faculty of Kansas State University as an Assistant Professor of Ceramics. From 2012-2014 Casto was an Assistant Professor of Art at Mount Mercy University, and prior to that was a long-term artist in residence, and the 2011 MJD fellow at The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art in Helena, Montana. He has exhibited work internationally in Spain, Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, China, and Japan. He was awarded the second place award in the 2013 VII Bienalle International de Ceramic, in El Vendrell Spain, and the 2010 FuLe Prize by the International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association in Fuping, China. When not teaching or working in the studio, he is a lover of music and college basketball.

My current body of work follows an autobiographical inquiry into the formal relationships objects, bodies, and relics undergo when subjected to the downward pull of gravity. Gravity in this context serves as a metaphor for personal responsibility, and the stress we encounter in present society.

Beginning with this premise, I embrace the deconstruction of objects familiar to my history as a ceramic artist. Rudimentary compositions are created, and then broken down through various methods into elemental components. The remaining structures are subjected to an accumulation of porcelain casting slip, texturing work, underglaze, glaze, and luster applications through multiple firings. Objects are often combined with mixed media additions to compliment conceptual methodology.

The structural language present in the work mimics erosion, geological stress, and disintegration. Resolving this surface treatment in gold luster suggests that additions of emotional weight in our lives can serve as creative opportunities for refinement and purification, rather than functioning as tools of our undoing.