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Artist: Casey Beck


Casey Beck
Casey Beck, MINNESOTA
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Through firing atmospheric kilns, I engage a dialogue between material, form, process and self. The final object is a record, or a memory of this dialogue and a narrative of how the flame moved across the surface of the form, interacted with the materials. Sometimes the memory will be intense with a high amount of information and contrast. On the other end of the spectrum, this memory can also be gentle and very quiet, with subtle colors and contrast. The memories are never alike and are always a spontaneous mark of the flame. Through researching materials and atmospheric firing methods I hope not to control this spontaneity, but to understand and promote it. I do this by creating planes and edges to promote movement of the flame across the pottery and by using highly reactive material compositions to encourage a buildup of information on the surface.
Recently, in my work I have begun looking deeper into what it means to make utilitarian pottery and why I do it. Of course, I love making pots, but there is more to it than just that. I have been researching ideas of memory through making pottery. Each vessel is a catalogue of the way it was touched during the green stages and how it was placed and fired in the kiln. I am interested in how this memory can be evoked and evolved through the daily use of an object and what it means to use utilitarian pottery.

 

Education
2019-2015
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts Major in Ceramics, Minor in Drawing, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Professional Experience
2019-2017
Sales Gallery Associate Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2019
Studio Assistant Ani Kasten, Shafer, MN
Exhibition Organizer Cross River Connections Exhibition, The Phipps, Hudson, WI
2017
Assistant Sandy Simon and Robert Brady, St. Croix Pottery Tour, Shafer, MN
2017-2016
Volunteer Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

Leadership
2019-2016
Student Organizer Organize trips to National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Fundraising and travel grant writing assistance, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2017-2016
President Art Society, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Artist-in-Residence Experience
2018
Summer Resident The Cub Creek Foundation, Appomattox, VA

Teaching Experience
2019-2016
Instructor Annual High School Workshop Day, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2017
Instructor Ceramics Shop, Bucks Rock Performance and Creative Arts Camp, New Milford, CT

Demonstrations, Lectures and Presentations
2018-2015
Presenter Fall Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) Gala, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2018
Lecturer National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR): Painting with Fire, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

Demonstrator Earth and Water: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix River Valley, a partnership with Northern Clay Center, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI
2016
Lecturer National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR): An Exploration into College Ceramics, University of North Carolina-Asheville

Awards
2019
Juror’s Choice Award Mugshot2, Mojo Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2018
Best in Show The Cup Show 2019, Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
2018-2016
Juror’s Choice Award Juried Student Exhibition, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2017
Honorable Mention Mugshot1, Mojo Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Mary L. Barrett Scholarship University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2016
Mary Beasom Bishop and Francis Summer Merritt Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME


Grant Research
2019
Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant Reduction Cooled Soda Firing, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2018
Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant Cone 6 Soda Firing, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant Experimental Woodfiring, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2017
Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant Soda Fire Clay Bodies, University of Wisconsin-River Falls


Select Juried Exhibitions
2019
Market House Craft Center Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA
Juror: Malcom Mobuto Smith
Good Earth Pottery Pitcher Perfect, Bellingham, WA
Juror: Deborah Schwartzkopf
Red Lodge Clay Center Juried Clay National V, Red Lodge, MT
Juror: Mike Helke
Northern Clay Center Members Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN
Jurors: Lisa Buck and Paul Briggs
University of Wisconsin-River Falls Juried Student Exhibition
Juror: Diane Mullin
Mojo Coffee Gallery Mugshot2, Minneapolis, MN
Juror: Diego Valles
North Carolina Pottery Center 2019 Art of Clay National Juried Show, Seagrove, NC
Juror: Douglas Fitch
Archie Bray Foundation Beyond the Brickyard, Helena, MT
Juror: Sunkoo Yuh
Clay Arts Vegas The Cup Show 2019, Las Vegas, NV
Juror: Katie Bosley
2018
Studio 550 6th Annual Cup Show, Manchester, NH
Juror: Sunshine Cobb
Gandee Gallery The Almighty Cup, Fabius, NY
Juror: DJ Hellerman
Clay Center of New Orleans FunctionFest, New Orleans, LA
Juror: Kristen Kieffer
Springfield Art Association Shapes of Influence, Springfield, IL
Juror: Simon Levin
Art Students League of Denver delectable: The Fine Art of Dining, Denver, CO
Juror: Marty Fielding
University of Wisconsin-River Falls Juried Student Exhibition
Juror: Andy DuCett
Threadbare Cider and Mead Palliative Pour, Pittsburgh, PA
Juror: Chris Gustin
Savannah Clay Community SIP Cup Show, Savannah, GE
Juror: Ben Carter
2017
Main Street Arts The Cup, The Mug, Clifton Springs, NY
Juror: Peter Pincus
Mojo Coffee Gallery Mugshot1, Minneapolis, MN
Juror: Steve Hilton
University of Wisconsin-River Falls Juried Student Exhibition
Juror: Eileen Cohen
Savannah Clay Community SIP Cup Show, Savannah, GE
Jurors: Anthony Debrecey, Kimberly Riner, Keith Wallace Smith
Companion Gallery Last Call II: Handmade Ceramics for Storing, Pouring, and Sipping Fine Liberations, Humbolt, TN
Juror: Jennifer Allen
2016
Savannah Clay Community SIP Cup Show, Savannah, GE
Juror: Jane Pleak
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska National Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition
Juror: Shoko Teruyama
Springfield Art Association Shapes of Influence, Springfield, IL
Juror: Erin Furimsky
Companion Gallery Irons in the Fire, Humbolt, TN
Juror: Justin Rothshank
University of Wisconsin-River Falls Juried Student Exhibition
Juror: Rachel Merrill-Shwaller
Bradley University Galleries 5th Central Time Ceramics Show, Peoria, IL
Juror: Verne Funk

Invitational and Group Exhibitions
2019
Northern Clay Center Staff Infection, Minneapolis, MN
Phipps Center for the Arts Cross River Connections, Hudson, WI
2018
Phipps Center for the Arts Earth and Water Series Retrospective, a partnership with Northern Clay Center, Hudson, WI
Artreach St. Croix Close to Home, Stillwater, MN
2017
Phipps Center for the Arts Earth and Water: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix River Valley, a partnership with Northern Clay Center, Hudson, WI


Professional Sales
2019-2016
American Craft Council St. Paul School to Market, St. Paul, MN
2018-2017
ArtReach St. Croix Holiday Sale, Stillwater, MN
2018-2015
University of Wisconsin-River Falls Annual Scholarship Sale


Gallery Representation
2019
Seasons on the St. Croix, Gallery Artist, Hudson, WI
2019-2018
Santangelo Gallery Artist, Thomas, WV
Mainly Clay Shop Artist, Farmville, VA
2018-2016
Kelley Gallery Gallery Artist, Hudson, WI & Woodbury, MN


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