Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Bobby grew up in the southwestern region of Oregon. He completed his undergraduate studies at Utah State University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2010. After graduating from school he interned with the owners of Free Ceramics, a family run pottery in Helena, Montana where he worked as the production thrower until 2012. Since then he’s done residencies in Sonoma, California and Redlodge, Montana.
My pottery forms are influenced by Chinese and Japanese ceramics. The marks on the pots reflect my interest in 2d art that has a very graphic look, like woodblock prints, ink drawings, and certain genres of animation. By combining my love of functional pottery and drawing I am investigating how these two ways of expression can become one. By leaving a little to the imagination of what I'm drawing, I hope that over time and through use, my pots (even once they're finished) will continue to change.
Perry has been working in ceramics since 2003. He holds a BFA in ceramics from Utah State University. Ceramics has taken him to China and Korea, where he spent his time studying their unique ceramics history and processes. His work consists of functional woodfired ceramics and he is now the Woodfire Resident at the Clay studio of Missoula.
I have developed my forms by the influence of human shapes and inspiration of the nature that surrounds me. Both function and form is deeply considered while choosing to fire my work in an atmospheric wood firing process. The firing method of wood kilns has captured my interest because of its ability to record the symbolic elements of the fire and clay relationship. A minimalist approach to the glazing process allows the ware to form a reflection of textured skin, a combination between humanity and the movement of the landscape.
Courtney Murphy began working in clay while living in Brooklyn, NY. After several years of working for potters around the city, she moved to Portland, OR and received a post-baccalaureate in ceramics from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Courtney moved to Montana in the summer of 2009 for a ceramic residency at the Archie Bray Foundation. She just moved to Missoula to begin a residency at the Clay Studio this summer.
My designs are influenced by simplified abstractions of nature, children’s artwork, folk art, mid-century modern forms and shapes, as well as many books on ceramics, design and textiles. I am intrigued by the variation and imperfections found in hand-made objects, and the ways in which these marks reflect the maker of the piece. A slight change in the profile or image on a cup determines whether a person will be drawn to one over another. It is interesting when a particular object speaks to me, and I decide that I’d like to have it in my life.
Audrey Rosulek was born and raised in the state of Montana. She received a BFA from The University of Montana in 2002. Audrey's functional ceramic work has been featured in juried exhibitions throughout the nation. She was awarded first place in The National Cup Show at Barrett Clay Works in 2010, and was selected to participate in the Beyond the Brickyard juried exhibition at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2011. Recently Audrey was selected by Ceramics Monthly as one of their 2012 Emerging Artists.
Lilly Zuckerman is from Pittsburgh and grew up nearby in rural Greensburg, PA. The ground there has deposits of sticky orange clay and so her richly colored clay not only holds the vast history of earthenware ceramics but also that of her home.
In 2010 Lilly received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics with an Art History minor from Penn State University in University Park, PA. While at Penn State she was funded to conduct research in Morocco about contemporary ceramics. The country’s architecture of adobe houses, diverse geology from the Sahara Desert to the Atlas Mountains, and the unglazed earthenware cooking vessels continue to be strong influences on her work.