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Artist: David Kenton Kring

David Kenton Kring
David Kenton Kring, KENTUCKY
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In my work I strive to make pottery that the viewer can connect with and hopefully open up a dialogue between two people. My exploration of surfaces, forms, and imagery helps to spark conversation. Growing up in a family run men’s workwear store, blue collar men would often come in and share stories from work, the past, or a dirty joke over a cup of coffee. I push my work to make it appear as if it has come from the past by adding layers of terra sigillata, slips, and underglaze. By adding various image transfer techniques I allow the viewer to connect with a shape, a graphic, or pop culture icon. Which furthers the exploration of conversation. When drawing from the past I will often use references of old enamel cookware, classic magazine ads, and mid-century and pop art of the 50s and 60s.

2009 Bachelor of Arts, Studio Arts/ Ceramics, Mixed Media: Transylvania University

2019 Summer Residency Session III, Watershed Ceramics, Newcastle, ME (July)
2018 Ceramic Sculpture Collective, Member
Southern Crossings Pottery Festival, Member
2015 “Pentaculum” Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft (January)
2011-15 Kentucky Mudworks, LLC, Shipping & Receiving Manager, Sales, Dirty Girls pottery tool production
2009-10 Post Graduate Studio Assistant, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
2008 Gallery Intern, Betty Rymer Gallery and Sullivan Street Gallery, Chicago, IL (June - August)

2018 Face Mugs and Surface Techniques Demo, NCECA 2018, w/AMACO & KY Mudworks
2017 “Being a Working Artist” (lecture), University Of Kentucky (March)
2016 Surface Technique (demo/ lecture), Eastern Kentucky University, (April)
Surface Technique (demo/ lecture), University Of Kentucky, (February)
AMACO Booth Demo, NCECA 2016, Kansas City, MO (March)
Curatorial Experience/ Juror
2018 “Outlaws” Curator, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY (April)
2016 “CULT” Curator, The Parachute Factory, Lexington, KY (September)
“ASA Juried Student Exhibition” Juror, Eastern Kentucky University, (April)

2019 “Figuratively Speaking” Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN (Feb)
“Ceramic Sculpture Collective” Morean Center For Clay, St. Petersburg, FL (Feb)
“Ceramic Sculpture Collective” Endicott College, Beverly, MA (March)
“SIP” Savannah Clay Community, Savannah, GA (March)

2018 “Into The Blue” Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC (January-Feb.)
“The Nude: Brutal Beast” Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY (January-March)
“The Soulful Cup” Rivers Studio & Gallery, Harpers Ferry, WV (January-March)
“Tall Tales: C.S.C.” College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, MD (February)
“Geaux Cups” The Clay Center Of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA (February)
“SIP” Savannah Clay Community, Savannah, GA (Feb-March) *Award Winner*
“Last Call III” Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN (March)
“Southern Crossings Pottery Festival” Copper & Kings, Louisville, KY (March)
“Ceramic Sculpture Culture” NCECA, Pittsburgh, PA (March)
“Outlaws” Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY (April)
“Material Mugs III” Companion Gallery, Humbolt, TN (Sept) *Award Winner*
“Who Goes There 2” Bread Box, Lexington, KY (Oct)
“Ceramic Sculpture” Alma College, Alma, MI (Sept.)

2017 “Deliberation” Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY (February-March)
“Who Goes There?” Bread Box Studio Artists, Lexington, KY (October)

2016 “Breakdown” Julia Martin Gallery, Nashville, TN (December) (Solo exhibition)
“CULT” The Parachute Factory, Lexington, KY (September)
“The 20” Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY (April)
“AMACO Gallery” NCECA, Kansas City, MO (March)

2015 “One Up” The Bread Box, Lexington, KY (August)

2014 “HEADCASE” The Bread Box, Lexington, KY (November)(solo exhibition)
“CSA” Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY (October)
“HEADCASE” Julia Martin Gallery, Nashville, TN (May)(solo exhibition)
“Face” Mudfire, Decatur, GA (May)
“The 80s” The Bread Box, Lexington, KY (February)

2013 “Functional with a Twist” Gateway Regional Arts Center, Mt. Sterling, KY (October)
“Cup Show” The Local, Goshen, IN (October)
2013 “Mugs for Jugs” Mudfire, Decatur, GA (October)
“Lebowski Fest Art Show” Why Lou Two, Louisville, KY (June)
“Bluegrass Bourbon Show” Kentucky Museum Of Arts and Craft, Louisville, KY (April)
“Harry Dean Stanton Festival” Kentucky Theater, Lexington, KY (March)
“AMACO Gallery” NCECA, Houston, TX (March)
“The Tales They Told Us” Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY (March)

2012 “Mug Extravaganza” Walnut Gallery, Gadsden, AL (October) (cash prize winner)
“Pirates vs. Zombie” Mudfire, Decatur, GA (April)
“Buford’s Gang” Awesome Inc, Lexington, KY (April) (solo exhibition)

2011 “The Neighborhood Series” Tuska Gallery Lexington, KY (September)

2009 “Boomslang” Buster’s Billiards and Backroom, Lexington, KY (October)
“Completely Kentucky” Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY (August)
“Lost and Found” Transylvania University, Lexington, KY (May)

2017 “My Method” Louisville Magazine (November)
2015 “Small Batch” Cincinnati Magazine Bourbon Issue (May)
2014 “Southern Nouveau” Nashville Arts Magazine (April)
2012 “500 Teapots Volume 2” Lark Publications (August)
“The Impulsive Traveler: Roaming The Public Square of Lexington, KY” Washing
Post, Travel Section (October)
2009 “Art Student Puts a Good Face on it.” The State Journal, Business Section (Dec.)

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