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Artist: David Morrison

David Morrison
David Morrison, MINNESOTA
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I am drawn to functional pots because of their ability to facilitate connections. Growing up, my family had dinner together every night, bringing us together over food. Using and making pots has become an important aspect of my life, not only because of how I get my sustenance each day, but also because they connect me with people. I am investigating the intimacy and shared connection through the experience of having a curated meal around the table. I intend my work to bring people together over food. The pots are thrown on the wheel before adding a pinched element, showing the maker's mark in the pinched texture, contrasting the smooth thrown surface.

St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Graduated 2019

Professional Experience
2019-2020 Assistant Art Technician, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
● Worked carefully with teaching faculty and student workers
● Repaired electric kilns
● Oversaw the student workers
● Scheduled and loaded kilns
● Maintained an orderly and efficient studio
2019-2020 Fifth Year Emerging Artist, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
● Created and exhibited work
● Engaged with students, faculty, and staff of the St. Olaf College community
2019 Artistic Intern, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
● Prepared studio and materials for workshops
● Assisted faculty and students for the duration of the two week workshop
● Interacted daily with workshop participants to ensure they had the best experience possible
2019 Organizer, Cross River Connections Exhibition, The Phipps, Hudson, WI
● Coordinated 9 person exhibition with a student from UW River Falls, to be in conjunction with
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
● Curated and installed ceramic pieces in gallery
2018 Organizer, Pots and Prints Exhibition, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
● Curated a 2 person exhibition of 5 prints and 5 pots
● Created and installed functional pots in exhibiting space
2018 Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) with Peter Nelson, St. Olaf College,
Northfield, MN
● Collaborated with a professor to execute design and creation of a 12’ tall plywood cake sculpture
● Developed carpentry skills, became comfortable power tools
● Planned out other elements in the exhibition to make a cohesive show
● Installed additional compositions in gallery space to actualize curated layout

2018-2019 Studio Assistant, Judy Saye-Willis, Saye-Willis Studio, Northfield, MN
● Dye fabrics with natural pigments using shibori techniques
● Maintain studio cleanliness and organizes space to ensure an efficient workspace
● Executed and installed wall hanging textiles in collaboration with a practicing artist
2017-2018 Collections Worker, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
● Repaired and cleaned damaged, framed artworks in order to be put back on display
● Built mounts and supports for 3-dimensional pieces entering the college’s permanent collection
2016-2019 Ceramic Studio Assistant, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
● Tutor students enrolled in class on skills being taught by Professor
● Communicate with the professor to best assess what skills students in class are needing additional
help with
● Make clay and glazes for students in ceramic classes, maintaining ample access to materials
● Fire work in electric and gas kilns
2016-2019 Museum Worker, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
● Repair walls of the gallery in preparation of work being installed
● Install work in the gallery to actualize curated exhibition plan given by the museum director
Teaching Experience
2019 Student Educator, Clay Siblings Project, Minneapolis, MN
● Teach middle and high school students clay who do not have well funded art programs
● Demo wheel and hand-building processes, assist students in learning these techniques
2018 Workshop Assistant, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
● Programmed electric kilns to bisque and glaze fire clay forms
● Tracked materials used for each student during the two-week workshop
● Mixed glazes to be used by the 12 workshop participants
2018 Slideshow presentation of work, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
2018 Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO

Invitational Exhibitions
Upcoming Exhibitions:
Truckstop Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Hot, Happy Mess- The Dysfunction of Process: The Guild, Northfield, MN
Interim: Patton-Malott Gallery, Snowmass Village, CO
The Senior Show: Flaten Art Museum, Northfield, MN
Cross River Connections Exhibition: NCECA show 2019, The Phipps, Hudson, WI

Juried Exhibitions
Driftless Region Juried Show: Art Haus, Decorah, Iowa
St. Olaf College Student Work Juried Show: St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Working Pots III, Juror:Liz Pekachek, James May Gallery, Algoma, WI
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Juror: Ben Carter, Kevin Lehman’s Pottery, Lancaster, PA
6th Annual Cup Show, Juror: Sunshine Cobb, Studio 550 Art Center, Manchester, NH
Driftless Region Juried Show: Art Haus, Decorah, Iowa
St. Olaf College Student Work Juried Show: St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

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