Excellence in Craft Fellowship Recipient
Chris Alveshere's pots are an investigation of items he finds curious, feels sentimental towards, or objects he finds humor in. This investigation could come from the object’s surface, form, or most often from intriguing proportion or scale. Inflated swells, large knobs, and enamel-like sheens from sanded surfaces and glazes create exaggerated, vibrant pieces.
In Spring 2020, Chris received his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Prior to his graduate studies, Chris spent several years as an arts educator in Minnesota and North Dakota. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education & Bachelor of Arts in Ceramics from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Foremost is an intention to make pots that have a sense of whimsy, humor, and color. Audacious, lively, and cheeky, pieces with attitude and intention; a task I tackle through working both symmetrically and asymmetrically. Juicers that peek at you from a shelf in the corner, or through a cracked dishwasher door. Cups that operate daily, are convenient to store, and worth displaying in the open. Jars to arrange and enhance the presentation of food preparation or novelty keepsakes. Small jars that suggest endless possibilities for peculiar use, from storing saffron, a single Twizzler, or your collection of found cat whiskers. Ceramic vessels need to serve their purpose and be visually compelling if they are taking up precious space.
Sippy Fellowship Recipient
Sara Catapano employs the use of forms, textures, and compositions found in nature as design elements in her ceramic sculptures to juxtapose against architectural components that exist in materials reminiscent of industry. She fuses an abstracted reference to plants, bacteria, and geological systems with patterns of growth, decay, degradation, erosion, and gestation to create a biomorphic ingredient which both confronts and reacts to the minimal and formalistic component.
Sara was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended UNC - Wilmington for two years before transferring to UNC - Charlotte where she graduated with a BFA in Fine Art, Ceramics in 2012. She received her MFA in Ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2018. Most recently, Sara was a resident at Studio 740 in Helena, Montana.
Referencing the anatomical and parasitic residents of our natural world as a metaphor for the thoughts and feelings of the human condition, these bio-expressive forms are, in some ways, reactions and responses to social and personal experiences.
Austin was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2019 he earned his BFA with a dual emphasis in sculpture and ceramics from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. There he focused on fabricating large ceramic sculptures and expanding his skills in the wood shop. Austin most recently was a long-term resident at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY (2019-2021). During the start of the global pandemic, Austin moved back to Nebraska for six months, where he held a fellowship position at the LUX Center for the Arts. In 2019, Austin founded a ceramic collective group called Mud Ties and currently leads both the Social Outreach and the Social Media team.
My work is an ongoing tactile conversation between soft amorphous forms and rigid linear components. The medium of clay offers me elasticity and mutability, capturing my touch like a photograph. When refined clay evokes crispness and rigidity, yielding physical and formal structure. Clay captivates me as it undergoes transformations. Its versatility in form and potential
provides me units upon which I build and can construct.
Sippy Fellowship Recipient
Stephanie is a figurative ceramic artist currently residing in Missoula where she is the President and Co-Founder of Wildfire Ceramic Studio.
Her education in the arts includes a BFA from Herron School of Art and Design in 2012, a Post-Baccalaureate from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2016, and an MFA from the University of Montana in 2020. She has also attended two short term residencies at Red Lodge Clay Center and was a Co-Director for a year and a half at FrontierSpace Art Gallery in Missoula.
My work is about defining life experiences, which come together to create a personal narrative that portrays a journey through life and constructs a sense of identity. Each figure embodies a quintessential moment that feels exclusively intimate but is often universally experienced. Individually each figure reads as a snapshot in time, much like a chapter in a book. Together the figures create a story from my perspective and curiosities as a woman in today’s society.
Wood Fire Resident Artist
Grayson attended the University of North Texas and received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2016. He studied sculpture, drawing, fibers, and majored in ceramics. In 2018 he spent a year as an Artist in Residence at the Taos Clay Studio in Taos, NM. In the Fall of 2019 he moved to Arizona for a year long residency at The Reitz Ranch, then moved Pomona,CA where he was a Resident Artist at The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) through summer 2021. His introduction to ceramics was through functional pottery, but now his focus is nonobjective, action-based sculpture.
My art is about capturing moments of action, emotion and intensity.Through a deep-seated connection to the dynamic nature of clay, I work naturally and gesturally to preserve moments I find profound.
I wood fire my work, which is a very thought-intensive and systematic process. Nevertheless, there is a certain spontaneity that fits with how I make. The aesthetic that I achieve is one that accentuates the form through ash build up, atmospheric flashing, and glaze movement. Just as my sculpture preserves an instant, wood firing records the flame, the firing, and even the crew on the finished piece.
Community Resident - September 2021
Mary received a BFA in Painting from UNCC in 2011, and an MFA in Ceramics from UMass Dartmouth in 2015. She recently completed a two-year tattoo apprenticeship in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently resides.
Learning how to use a variety of surface treatments and techniques on both two- and three-dimensional forms has helped inform how I approach the body when applying a permanent decoration to an individual. I love the way the flesh folds and curves around the bone, the innate beauty of different skin tones, freckles, moles, stretch marks and then the addition of handmade drawings that will now be preserved alongside with it. In the end, it’s about creating intimate connections between mediums and how one body of work will inform the other.
Community Resident - September 2021
Carey started working with clay during his high school years in Wilmington, North Carolina. He has split time between Japan and California working and studying as an assistant to woodfire potter John Dix in Kobe and as a resident at the Flynn Creek Pottery under woodfire potter Nick Schwartz in Comptche. Carey has been a visiting artist at The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), and resident artist at the Mendocino Art Center and STARworks Center. Carey will be a short-term resident at Red Lodge Clay Center from October 2021-January 2022.
Clay is a challenging medium to work with because of its fragility as a material, the hurdles that come on the path to successful firings and the infinite number of avenues one can take when adding chemistry to the making process. At the same time, the antiquity of the art form and its history rooted in practicality calm my psyche when dealing with the overwhelming number of possibilities and never ending experimentation inherent in exploring it. Taking clay from the earth and firing it with wood to create vessels that hold food and water is pragmatic, but has the power to yield such multifaceted and dramatically beautiful works of art. All of these factors make ceramic pieces uniquely special and the reward, especially in making larger and wood fired work, is amplified. I’m drawn to the struggle that comes with working in clay and the difficult task of finding peace as a maker. I love the measured grind of navigating toward more defined goals creatively and trying to achieve them technically and feel lucky to be spending my days building momentum over time in a discipline with such a complex and demanding nature.