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Artist: Chris Alveshere

Chris Alveshere, New York
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My pots are an investigation of items I find curious, feel sentimental towards, or objects I find 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.

My work is made in long, continuous runs of production, altering commonalities of the forms, while adapting parts, proportions, and attachments. Forms, parts, and clay and glaze colors are curated to be strong and inventive. I prefer to work through repetition, replication, and multiples.

I visualize pots in everyday objects and places, seeing the potential of form and color in everything from vintage wooden toys, a pile of Skittles, or wandering thrift stores. This inspiration has steered me into making pots other than traditional dinner ware. I am making work for the countertop, and pots that allow for a vast range of function. The size of my work allows an intimacy between vessel and user, and stems from my eternal love for cups. A love for cups that has led me to make other forms that are meant to be held, experienced, and appreciated from all angles.

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.

2020 Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics (In Progress)
New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education & Bachelor of Arts in Ceramics
Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), Moorhead, MN
Summa cum laude; Dean’s List 6 semesters

2012 Associate of Arts in Visual Arts
Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND
Phi Theta Kappa Society 2 years

2018-Current Instructor, Beginning Ceramics
Teaching Assistant, Sophomore Wheel Throwing, John Gill, Instructor
Teaching Assistant, Junior Pottery, Matt Kelleher, Instructor
Teaching Assistant, Kiln Construction and Design, Shawn Murray, Instructor

2019-2020 Summer Camp Ceramics Instructor, Belvoir Terrace, Lenox, MA

2016-2018 Art Teacher, Shanley High School & Sullivan Middle School, Fargo, ND

2015-2016 Long-Term Substitute Art Teacher, Davies High School, Fargo, ND

2014-2018 College for Kids & Teens Ceramics Instructor, MSUM, Moorhead, MN

2014-2015 Student Worker, Ceramics Department, MSUM, Moorhead, MN
Visiting Artist Lecture Series Assistant, School of Art, MSUM, Moorhead, MN

2013-15 Ceramics Guild Executive Director and President, MSUM, Moorhead, MN

2020 Student Juried Exhibition, NCECA Conference, Richmond, VA (forthcoming)
Lip Service, Saratoga Clay Arts Center, Schuylerville, NY, Juried (forthcoming)
Grand Valley Exhibition and Forum, Richmond, VA (forthcoming)
Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, Juried
Last Call V, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN, Juried
Confluence, NYSCC Robert C. Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY

2018 A Place at the Table, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
Pop Up Show, NYSCC Paining Studios, Alfred, NY

2017 Soda2, Mantle Gallery, Louisville, KY, Juried
Friends of Make Room Exhibition, Make Room, Fargo, ND, Invitational
Art Educators’ Exhibition, APT- The Arts Partnership, Fargo, ND, Juried
3rd Annual Dirty South Cup Competition, River Oaks Square Art Center,
Alexandria, LA Juried
Pace, Solo Exhibition, Make Room, Fargo, ND
Diptych/Triptych, Bismarck Downtown Artist Coop (BDAC), Bismarck, ND

2016 Art Educators’ Exhibition, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN, Juried

2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery (RDCA Gallery), MSUM, Moorhead, MN
Dirty South Mug Competition, River Oaks Square Art Center, Alexandria, LA
Juror: Tom Coleman
Art Educators’ Exhibition, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
America’s ClayFest III, Art League of Lincoln, Lincoln, CA
Student Juried Show, RDCA Gallery, MSUM, Juried

2014 Student Juried Show, RDCA Gallery, MSUM, Juried
Mini Madness: A Mini Exhibition, RDCA Gallery, MSUM, Moorhead, MN
Banded, Fargo North High School, Fargo, ND

2013 3rd Annual Foot in the Door Show, Bismarck Downtown Artist Co-op (BDAC), Bismarck, ND
Black & White, Fargo North High School, Fargo, ND
2012 2nd Annual Foot in the Door Show, BDAC, Bismarck, ND
Art in Bloom, BDAC, Bismarck, ND

2011 Foot in the Door Show, BDAC, Bismarck, ND
Living Masterpieces, Dakota Stage Ltd., Bismarck, ND
Curator, artist, and presenter of Dogs Playing Poker
Figments of Imagination, BSC publication, Bismarck, ND
Student Juried Show, Gannon Gallery, BSC, Bismarck, ND

2017 Juror’s Choice Award, 3rd Annual Dirty South Cup Call and Competition, River Oaks
Square Art Center, Alexandria, LA, Juror: Matt Long

2015 Recipient of School of Art Excellence Scholarship, MSUM, Moorhead, MN

2014 Student Award, Student Juried Show, Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery, MSUM, Hilary Wilder, Juror

2011 Outstanding Student Award, BSC Bismarck, ND
Visual Arts Foundation Scholarship, BSC, Bismarck, ND
Bismarck State College Foundation Academic Scholarship, Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND

2010 Bismarck State College Foundation Academic Scholarship, Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND

2017-2018 Revland Gallery, Fargo ND
2016-2018 Make Room, Fargo, ND
2013-Current Bismarck Downtown Artist Co-op, Bismarck, ND

Kilns: Firing electric, gas, salt, soda, wood, and raku kilns, electric kiln repair, kiln building and maintenance.
Ceramic Materials: Formulating and mixing glazes, slips, and terra sigillatas, material testing and research.
Ceramic Processes: Fusion 360, 3D printing, mold making, plaster lathing.
Gallery: Art handling, installation, lighting, graphic design: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom

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