Jeff Campana is the Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Kennesaw State University in the Atlanta Metro Area. Prior to this appointment, he was a long term Artist in Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. After receiving his MFA in ceramics from Indiana University in 2008, he taught at a variety of institutions including the University of Louisville, Indiana University Southeast, and Bennington College in Vermont. His work has been included in more than 130 exhibitions and is published in Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and several books on glaze composition. In the summer of 2016, Jeff went back to Helena as a resident at Studio 740 to begin research on this new body of work. Breaking the Mold is the second exhibition in which it has appeared.
Through numerous bodies of work going all the way back to my undergraduate studies, I have been engaged in the deconstruction and reconstruction of pottery form and language in various ways. This latest work, created via a modular mold making system, allows me to create forms (by hand, altered found objects, and computer designed and 3d printed) and then systematically dismantle them into interchangeable mold components. These mold parts are then stacked and rearranged until a form is arrived upon. It is only upon demolding of the cast vessel that I discover the character of the form inside. In this radial system I see all forms as projections in space from a central axis. As I develop these vessels I am looking for order and chaos to coexist in formal harmony. With each casting, I work to discover new ways to interpret and redefine the existing shapes within the systemic confines.