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These bottles were made by the great Jason Hess. He is the main man of the ceramic program and wood firing is his forte. He is mostly a functional potter. The details of his pots are free flowing, spontaneous, and natural. I am strongly influenced by his style and I am learning from it everyday. Jason helped me through this past year more than anyone and I owe him big time.
This piece was made by Steve Schaeffer. Mr. Steve is the kind of guy who demands respect due to his knowledge and professionalism. He has given me the critiques I need to become a better ceramic artist, his words have been priceless in my exploration of this medium.
Steve is a humble potter who truly does it for the joy. He started off as a production potter but has moved on to sculpture.
Next on the list is Jennifer Holt. Everyone loves Jen especially my dog Lucy (because of all the treats Jen spoils her with). Jen’s influence on my work is very healthy. She is doing stuff I would never think of and it inspires me. This is her second year at NAU. Her style is unique, delicate, and and sensitive. She specializes in installations and knows how to create a sense of mysticism with her work. She mainly works with slip casted porcelain. Having her here really helps NAU’s reputation.
Jason Bohnert made this little gem. He is a solid functional potter and teaches part time here at NAU. His work is the kind you really just want to put to use. He is is a passionate teacher and the kind I would hope to be one day. He is also an outdoors dude and I get the notion he’s a bit of a hippy. He is also the guy that got me into cross country skiing.
So that is a little of what NAU has to offer. Thanks guys for all your help, knowledge, and drinks at Mia’s. You inspire me and keep me motivated.
Here are a couple of sculptures I have been slaving over. When I unveiled this anthropomorphic owl to my dog Lucy, she barked and growled at it until she realized it was just wet clay. then she wanted to lick it… strange but still, I think that makes it a success in that I was able to stir another animals emotions with my art.
This next item is not a sculpture but it is still a work of art. Bloody marys to break up the work day and make the evening session more enjoyable. A hearty meal in themselves garnished with celery, a pickled pepper, an olive, a pickle, pepper jack cheese and a glorious strip of bacon to top it all off. I may have even forgot a garnish. All for $6 on Sundays! These have become a Sunday afternoon tradition in my life.
So, after a pleasant discussion over a couple drinks its off to the studio again. This was a class assignment that involved making a shape, then making replicas of that shape for everyone in class, then exchanging shapes and making a sculpture out of them. I decided to simply attach everyone’s items and encase them in some sort of sci-fi sphere. It has yet to be glazed and fired but so far so good. It really invites the viewer for a closer look inside.