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Artist: Bede Clarke


Artist: Bede Clarke
Bede Clarke, MISSOURI
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My goal in making this work has been to create quiet, simple pots, which like a good meal leave a healthy, full feeling. Pots like these have been my constant companions for forty years. They are forms and surfaces which I never grow tired of. They are rooted in ceramic history; yet, I hope they reflect a personal and individual quality of feeling. Above all, these pots are intended to be good to live with and interact with on a daily basis. They are made with others in mind. For me, good pots spring from compassion. My working method amounts to simply wishing the work well at each stage of creation. Always, I return to the clay trying to bring as much sincerity as I can muster to bear on the work.


EDUCATION

1990 MFA, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

1982 
BFA, from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida


PROFESSIONAL

1992-Present
Professor of Art, University of Missouri


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011
Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT

2008

Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO

St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, St. Louis, MO


2007

Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS

2006

Roswell Art Center West, Roswell, GA

2005

Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri

2004

Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX

Target Gallery, St. John’s University Art Center, Collegeville, MN


2003

Burroughs Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.

2002

Iowa Weslyan College, Mt. Pleasant, IA

2000

Baylor University Art Department Gallery, Waco, TX

1999

Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO

1998

Taipei County Cultural Center, Taipei County, Taiwan

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012
Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Yingge Ceramics Museum (Taipei) and Kaohsiung Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

American Potters Festival Exhibition, national invitational, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN. Curator: Karen McPherson, NCC


2011

Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence, The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO

Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort, Ogden Museum of Souther Art, New Orleans, LA


2010

The Vase and Beyond: The Sydney Swidler Collection of Ceramics, Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA

2009

The Infinite Teapot, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio

Dichotomy, Atrium Gallery, Ball State University, Muncie, IN


Invitational Exhibition of 21st Century Iconographic Clayworks, Linfield College, McMinnville, OR


2008

Utilitarian Clay V: Celebrate the Object, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

Crossing Boundaries: Painting and Ceramics, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA


2007

2007 NCECA Clay National Biennial Exhibition, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY

Clay-Wood-Fire: An International Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Wood-Fired Clay, Chemeeketa Community College, Salem, OR


2006

2006 Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia

International Wood Fire Exhibition, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ


2006 Ceramics Biennial Invitational, Parkland Art Gallery, Parkland College, Champaign, IL


Legacy and Innovation in Contemporary Clay, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA


2005

The 3rd World Ceramic Biennale 2005 Korea, Ichon World Ceramic Center, Kyongg Province, Korea

NCECA 2005 Clay National Exhibition, Baltimore County Center for Art and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD


2004

The Naked Truth: 2004 International Juried Woodfire Exhibition, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA

Gas-Fired/Wood-Fired: Kilns, Fire and Ceramic Expression, Carroll Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN


The 2nd World Ceramic Biennale 2003 Korea International Competition, Ichon World


2003

Ceramic Center, Kyonggi Province, Korea

Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2003, Competition Exhibition Hall, Cheongju, South Korea


Twenty-Five Years of Collecting: Works from the Permanent Collection, Martin Museum of Art, Baylor, University, Waco, TX



SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Ichon World Ceramic Center, Kyongi Province, Korea

Taipei County Yingke Ceramics Museum, Taipei County, Taiwan


Crocker Museum of Art, Sydney Swindler Collection, Sacramento, CA


Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin


Daum Museum, State Fair Community College, Sedalia, Missouri


Crocker Museum of Art, Sydney Swidler Collection, Sacramento, CA


The Dwight M Holland Ceramics Collection, East Carolina University School of Art

Martin Museum of Fine Art, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Bermuda National Gallery, Hamilton, Bermuda


The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa


Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas


Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange College, LaGrange, Georgia


Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka Kansas


Taipei County Cultural Center, Taipei, Taiwan


ASAI Architects, Kansas City, Missouri


Advanced Business Fulfillment, St. Louis, Missouri


H & R Block Corporate Headquarters, Kansas City, Missouri



SELECTED AWARDS

2008
William H Byler Distinguished Professor Award, University of Missouri, Columbia

2007

Lighton International Artists Exchange Program, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, Missouri

Sturt Australian Contemporary Craft Center Residency Award, Mittagong, Australia


2003

Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research/Creative Activity in the Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Missouri – Columbia

1996

Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award, Merit Award, Auckland New Zealand

1987

Kennedy Center Fellowship for Teachers of the Arts, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C


SELECTED INVITED WORKSHOPS & LECTURES

Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC


Art Association of Jackson Hole, Jackson, WY


Utah State University, Logan, UT


Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX


TAFE New South Wales, Northern Sydney Institute, Sydney, Australia


Sturt Australian Contemporary Craft Center, Mittagong NSW, Australia


University of North Texas, Denton, Texas


Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN


Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO


Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO


Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX


St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN


University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Baylor University, Waco, TX


Tainan National College of the Arts, Kuantien, Taiwan


Washington University, St. Louis, MO


The Art Association of Jackson Hole, Jackson, WY


Dennison University, Granville, OH


University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, WI


Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas


East Carolina University, Greenville, NC


Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL


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