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Having flunked out of calculus in 11th grade, I managed to beg my way into a pottery class. This piece was made as one of the early assignments. I was ashamed of its weirdness and snuck it onto the shelf to be fired. But the teacher praised it and I realized it was okay to make funky things in pottery class.
In college I continued making textured vessels and forms.
While in college I met my wife and we were married. This is when I realized that I should be working toward a career of some sort. I decided to hunker down and start toward a career as an artist.
For my BFA project I flattened the textured vessels into tiles and created a landscape into which the viewer could be immersed.
Between college and graduate school my wife and I had our first child. I worked construction during the week. On weekends I worked clay in our living room. Frugality became a priority and spawned a delicious series of work referencing low cost food.
"Security Blanket" is a queen-sized comforter made of press molded ramen noodle tiles.
In graduate school a very specific series of events led to the creation of slab and extrusion pieces. The extrusions held up the slab and the slab held the extrusions together. Neither could stand alone.
In a rare "Ah-Ha!" moment of inspiration I took a hammer to the extrusions from my previous pieces and my first extruded wall was made.
SLABS AND EXTRUSIONS
FIRST EXTRUDED WALL