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Artist: Alex Thullen


Artist: Alex Thullen
Alex Thullen, MICHIGAN
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I have always held a great affinity for the values of the crafts tradition, with its intense focus on both materials and process. Tradition is at the very core of craft, and the objects that we create gain their significance in our culture through ritualization. It is these everyday routines and traditions that I find most compelling, and consequently, the everyday objects that we experience them with. These are objects that we are intimately connected to; from the jar that tea is stored in, to the cup that we sip our coffee from every morning. My primary interest is in using my material and my process to grant these objects a sense of ritual appropriate to the role that they play in our everyday lives. 

CURRENT POSITION(S):
2016 - Glaze Development Specialist, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit.MI

EDUCATION:
2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics), Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2017 Prospectors: Fiske + Thullen, 2-person exhibition, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

2017 Yunomi Invitational 2017, Clay AKAR, Iowa City, IA

2017 Functional Ceramics 2017, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH

2017 Textural, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI

2016 Midwest Ceramics Invitational, Weatherhead Gallery, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN

2016 Abiogenesis: From Clay to Community, Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield, MI

2015 Fall Tones, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI

2015 Celadon and Tenmoku: Historical Context, Contemporary Application, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI

2015 aut-ˌkəm, Cellar Door Projects, NCECA, Providence, RI

2015 Surfaceness, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI

2014 New for April, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI

2014 State of Flux, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI

2013 Myriad, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI

2013 Understated Complexity, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI

2013 Six Viewpoints, The Clay Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

2013 Thirteen, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI

2012 Iron Variations, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI

2012 Clay at Wayne State University – A Multi-Generational View, Ellen Kayrod Gallery, Detroit, MI

2012 Ceramic Surface: Chaos to Perfection, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

2005 Parallel Paths, Detroit Artist’s Market, Detroit, MI

SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS:
2017 Last Call II, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

2016 Cup: The Intimate Object XII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

2016 Kansas City Clay Guild Teabowl National 2016, Kansas City, MO

2015 Cup: The Intimate Object XI, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

2015 Kansas City Clay Guild Teabowl National 2015, Kansas City, MO

2013 History in the Making – Ceramic Traditions, Contemporary Objects, Genesee Pottery, Rochester, NY

2013 Cup: The Intimate Object IX, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

2013 Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA

2013 Kansas City Clay Guild Teabowl National 2014, Kansas City, MO

2013 Small Favors VIII, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2013 Bloom, Studio 550 Gallery, Manchester, NH

2012 Michigan Ceramics Biennial, Birmingham–Bloomfield Art Center, Bloomfield, MI

2012 Tea Ceramics, The Art League, Alexandria, VA.

2012 Made for each Other, Studio 550 Gallery, Manchester, NH

2012 Cups of Fire: National juried cup Competition, The Clay Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

2006 The 16th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, TX

AWARDS AND HONORS:
2015 1st Runner Up Award, Kansas City Clay Guild Teabowl National, Kansas City, MO

2015 KC Clay Guild Purchase Award, Kansas City Clay Guild Teabowl National, Kansas City, MO

2015 Featured Artist, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

2015 Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist

2012 Best in category: Functional Award, Michigan Ceramics Biennial, B.B.A.C., Bloomfield, MI

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 Participating Artist, Michiana Pottery Tour.

2007-16 Fabrication Supervisor and Senior Glaze Technician, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit.MI

2014 Guest Curator, Exhibitions, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI

2006-7 Studio Manager, Education Department, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI

2006 Laboratory Coordinator, Ceramics Studio, Art Department, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI

2003-5 Laboratory Coordinator, Ceramics Department, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES:
2017 Visiting Artist Rovin Ceramics, Ann Arbor, MI, 1-Day Lecture and Demonstration

2016 Hands-on Workshop Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI, 2-Day workshop (Intro to Glaze)

2015 Demonstration Michigan Mud Conference, Henry Ford College, Dearborn, MI

2012 Visiting Artist College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, Lecture

2012 Visiting Artist Community College of Rhode Island, 2-Day Demonstration & Lecture

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
2006 Instructor Schoolcraft College, Continuing Education Department
Courses taught: Advanced Ceramics, Independent Study

2006 Visiting Faculty Wayne State University, Department of Art and Art History
Courses taught: Ceramics and Pottery Design 1 & 2, Beginning Ceramics

2005-17 Instructor Pewabic Pottery, Education Department
Courses taught: Advanced Ceramics; Glaze Development; Surface Decoration;
Boxes, Jars and Containers; Advanced Wheel Throwing; Special Topics.

GALLERY REPRESENTATION:
Simone DeSouza Gallery, Detroit, Michigan 
Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, Michigan http://schallergallery.com/
Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, North Carolina http://claylink.com/zen/
The Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, Florida http://www.moreancenterforclay.org/


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