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Artist: Emily Schroeder Willis


Emily Schroeder Willis, ILLINOIS
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Artist Statement - Vessels 

In the past few years I have been trying to simplify the work I make. I try to make every mark on the surface of my  work matter, every dart necessary, every line indispensable. 

A line drawn can be an indication of time. A fingerprint expresses the slowness of its creation. Through this deliberate and intimate process of pinching, I create a different type of relationship between the viewer and object.  My hands pressing their mark into the clay and the user picking it up, touching my fingermarks. Our hands touch. 

Fingerprints act as a brush stroke, each pinch making a formal impression of the hand that created it. Simplicity and the mark of the hand are important to my work, which steps back to a time where work isn't about  production, but rather the touch of a fingertip.

EDUCATION

2004-06 University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. MFA

2001 Canberra School of Art, Canberra, Australia. Post-Baccalaureate

1996-00 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. BFA

1997 Alfred University, Alfred, New York.

 

SOLO & SMALL GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 Three Artists, The Carriage Factory, Newton, Kansas.

2019 Cool – Clean – Crisp, Schaller Gallery, Saint Joseph, Michigan.

2018 (In)Visible, Bradock Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, Massachusetts.

2018 Functional Ceramics, Ohio Craft Museum, Wooster, Ohio.

2017 A Line Is/A Line Isn’t, Objective Clay on-line gallery.

2017 Objective Clay, M.T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, New Jersey.

2017 Narrowing the Variables: Seven Approaches to the Vessel, Bard College at Simons Rock, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

2016 Now & Then, Kansas City Museum, Kansas City, Missouri.

2016 Objective Clay, Bull Center for the Arts, West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania.

2015 Negotiated Relationships, Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois.

2014 Breakfast, Bonovitz Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2014 Tactile Meditations, Wheaton College Gallery, Wheaton, Illinois.

2013 Finger to Thumb, Clay Center of Missoula, Missoula, Montana.

2013 21st Century Sketchbook, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana.

2012 Utilitarian Clay VI, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

2012 Objects of Certainty, The Nevica Project, Chicago, Illinois.

2012 Subtle Change, Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, Washington.

2011 Summer Preview Exhibition, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2011 Sensual Ceramics, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado.

2010 In Search of Something Ordinary, 371 Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2009 Contemporary Minnesota Voices, Minnesota Historical Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

2006 Conscious/Unconsciousness, MFA Thesis Exhibition, CU Art Museum, Boulder, Colorado.

2004 Three Person Exhibition with Beth Lo & Kowkie Durst, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2003 Solo Farewell Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation Pottery Gallery, Helena, Montana.

2002 Jerome Fellowship Exhibition, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS - INVITATIONAL

2020 Cup Show, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, Massachusettes.

2020 Demitasse, ClayAKAR, Iowa City, Iowa.

2019 Friends, River Oaks Square Arts Center, Alexandria, Louisiana.

2019 1000 Vases, Dubai Design Fair, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

2019 Brooklyn Pottery Invitational, Standard Exhibitions, New York, New York.

2018 Clay Art Center Fundraiser, Port Chester, New York.

2018 Annual Fundraiser, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, Colorado.

2018 Summer Instructor’s Exhibition, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  

2017 Moravian Mud, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida.

2016 Potsketch, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, Montana.

2016 100 Cups, hosted by The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, Kansas City, Missouri.

2016 La Mesa, hosted by Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.

2015 Simple Cup, Kobo Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2015 Winterfest, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland.

2015 La Mesa, hosted by Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Conference, Providence, Rhode Island.

2014 Simple Cup, Kobo Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2014 Paper/Plate, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas.

2014 The Makings, Willock & Sax Gallery, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

2014 Taming Nature, curated by Paul Donnelly, Pritzlaff Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2014 La Mesa, hosted by Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2014 The Cup II, Robert T. Wright Gallery, Grayslake, Illinois.

2013 Disaster, Relief and Resilience, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, North Carolina.

2013 Hide’ n’ seekah. Curated by Adam Field in conjunction with NCECA Conference, Houston, Texas.

2013 La Mesa, hosted by Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Conference, Houston, Texas.

2013 Untitled (Universal Solvent), curated by Dustin Yaeger, Soap Factory, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2013 Pairings, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado.

2013 Duets, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York.

2012 One and Only, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

2012 La Mesa, hosted by Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Conference, Seattle, Washington. 

2012 The Cup: 50 Artists, 250 Interpretations, curated by Ben Bates, Robert T. Wright Gallery, Grayslake, Illinois.

2012 Wit, Fun and Functional, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan. 

2011 The Makings II, Willock & Sax Gallery, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

2011 Cup: The Intimate Object VII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida.

2011 TEA, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Illinois.

2011 Harvest: a Ceramics Invitational, curated by Charity Davis-Woodard and Melody Ellis, Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, Illinois.

2011 Interpreting the Cup, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, North Carolina.

2011 Ceramics Exhibition & Sale, A.L. Swanson Gallery, Helena, Montana.

2011 Archie Bray 60th Anniversary Auction, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana.

2011 Pairings, Carbondale Clay, Carbondale, Colorado.

2011 La Mesa, hosted by Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Conference, Tampa, Florida. 

2010 Winterfest, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland.

2010 Gifted, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2010 La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2010 Illinois Clay Invitational, There is no “S” in Illinois, curated by Dan Anderson, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois.

2010 Archie Bray Cup Auction, hosted by the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana. 

2010 Small Favors V, hosted by the Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

2010 Faculty Exhibition, Illingsworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

2010 La Mesa, hosted by Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

2009 1,000 Miles Apart Exhibition, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada.

2009 La Mesa, hosted by Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.

2009 Small Treasures IV, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2009 Teapots; Functional, Formal and Narrative, curated by Margaret Bohls, Foster Gallery, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

2008 Faculty Exhibition, Philip J. Steele Gallery, Denver, Colorado.

2008 Sip, Slurp Gulp, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2008 La Mesa, hosted by Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Conference, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 

2008 Jerome Fellowship Retrospective, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2007 Drinking Vessels, curated by Dan Anderson, Main Street Art Gallery, Edwardsville, Illinois.

2007 La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2007 Small Treasures II, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2007 Salt & Pepper, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2007 La Mesa, hosted by Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Conference, Louisville, Kentucky.

2007 One Nightstand, Factory on 5, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2006 Exchange: A Critical Discourse, UNL Student Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska.

2006 Salt and Pepper, Baltimore Clay Studio, Baltimore, Maryland.

2006 Visualizations Without Borders, Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Xochomilco, Mexico.

2005 Cup, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2005 White, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2005 Flowers in Spring, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2005 The Contemporary Cup, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois.

2004 Utilitarian Clay IV, Invited Artist, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gaitlinburg, Tennessee.

2004 Tea, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2004 For the Table, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2003 Teapots & Cups, Pitchers & Tumblers, Fifth Element Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

2003 Hundreds of Cups, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2003 Snowbirds, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2002 Clay Invitational, Art and Spirit Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

2002 For the Table, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2002 Ceramics, Sutton West Gallery, Missoula, Montana.

2001 Annual Cup Show, Fifth Element Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

2001 Made in Canberra, Back to Back Gallery, Newcastle, Australia

2000 B.F.A. Exhibition, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2000 Resident Artist Show, Archie Bray Warehouse Gallery, Helena, Montana.

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS – JURIED

2012 Containment – Clemson Ceramics National Exhibition, Juror: Frank Martin, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.

2012 DeLuce Clay National, Juror: Pete Pinnell, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri.

2011 Strictly Functional Pottery National, Juror: Mary Barringer, Lancaster Art Museum, East Petersburg, Pennsylvania.

2011 River2River, The Ceramics Center, Jurors: Bunny McBride, Sanjay Jani and JoAnn Schnabel, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

2010 Made For Each Other, Cleveland County Arts Council, Juried by Suze Lindsey, Shelby, North Carolina.

2010 Third Lillstreet International; Bowl Me Over, Juror: Steve Lee, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois.

2010 Second Annual National Cup Show, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska.

2009 Continental Divide, Sponsored by NCECA, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, Colorado.

2008 Boulder Open Studios, Boulder Public Library, Boulder, Colorado.

2007 Boulder Open Studios, Boulder Public Library, Boulder, Colorado.

2006 ME Bike, Gallery Chiellerie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2005 Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2003 Strictly Functional Pottery National, Juror: Wayne Higby, Lancaster Art Museum, East Petersburg, Pennsylvania.

2001 Strictly Functional Pottery National, Juror: Linda Christianson, Lancaster Art Museum, East Petersburg, Pennsylvania.

2000 Focus on Function, Jurors: Linda Sikora and Sandy Simon, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2000 Clay Bodies by Student Bodies, Juror: Verne Funk, Schaeffer Gallery, Saint Peter, Minnesota.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & RESIDENCIES

2016 Artist in Residence, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine.

2014 Artist in Residence, University of Montana, Missoula.

2009 Artist in Residence, Zentrum für Keramik Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

2001-03 Artist in Residence, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana.

2000 Summer Artist in Residence, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana.

DEMONSTRATIONS, WORKSHOPS & LECTURES

2019 Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois.  Demonstration.

2019 Brooklyn Pottery Invitational, The Old American Can Factory, Brooklyn, New York.  Demonstration.

2019 GasWorks Clay, Brooklyn, New York.  Demonstration.

2019 Haystack Center for Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine.  Demonstration.

2018 Penguin Foot Pottery, Chicago, Illinois. Demonstration.

2018 Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Workshop.

2018 National Conference for the Education of the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Unspoken, Unseen, InVisible, Panel Moderator.

2017 University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.  Demonstration and lecture.

2016 Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts: Salad Days, Newcastle, Maine. Demonstration.

2016 Fine Line Creative Center, St. Charles, Illinois.  Demonstration.

2014 Rovin Ceramics, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Demonstration.

2014 Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Demonstration and lecture.

2014 Peninsula School of Art, Door County, Wisconsin.  Demonstration.

2014 University of Montana, Missoula. Demonstration and lecture.

2014 Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois.  Lecture.

2013 School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois.  Lecture.

2013 Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.  Demonstration.

2013 Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.  Demonstration and lecture.

2013 Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan. Demonstration.

2012 Lee Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia.  Demonstration and presentation.

2012 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Presenter and demonstrator for the Utilitarian Clay Conference VI.

2012 Visiting Artist Workshop, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky.  Demonstration and lecture.

2011 Summer Workshop, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Demonstration and lecture.

2009 North Mount Pleasant Art Centre, Calgary, Canada.  Lecture and demonstration.

2009 Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada.  Lecture and demonstration for the 1,000 Miles Apart Conference.                      

2008 Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Denver, Colorado. Demonstration for the Jefferson County Art Workshop.

2007 Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado.  Lecture.

2007 University of Wyoming, Laramie, Laramie, Wyoming. Visiting Artist.

2004 Normandale Community College, Bloomington, Minnesota. Visiting Artist.

2002 University of Montana, Missoula, Missoula, Montana. Visiting Artist.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2014- Assistant Professor-Adjunct, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

2017 Instructor, Beginning Wheel Throwing, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois.

2013 Instructor, Governors State University, University Park, Illinois.

2012 Instructor, Introduction to Ceramics, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois.

2010 Instructor, Beginning Wheel Throwing, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada.

2010 Instructor, Introduction to Ceramics, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada.

2009 Instructor, Intermediate Wheel Throwing, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada.

2009 Instructor, Advanced Ceramics Seminar, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

2008-09 Adjunct Professor, Ceramics II, III & IV, Red Rocks Community College, Denver, Colorado.

2008-09 Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Ceramic Sculpture, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Denver, Colorado. 

2008 Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Processes of Ceramics – Wheel Throwing, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Denver, Colorado.

2008 Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Ceramics, University of Denver, Colorado.

2008 Adjunct Professor, Ceramics Workshop, University of Denver, Colorado. 

2008 Adjunct Professor, Foundations of Art, University of Denver, Colorado.

2006 Instructor, Introduction to Handbuilding, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2006 Instructor, Foundations of Art, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2005 Teaching Assistant, Ceramics, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2002-03 Adult Ceramics Community Class Instructor, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana.

2001 Studio Technician, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, Minnesota.

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2018 - Treasurer for Objective Clay, Ceramics Collective.

2016-17 On-line Gallery Administrator for Objective Clay, Ceramics Collective.

2012-present Objective Clay Ceramics Collective Member.

2012-14 Director of Objective Clay, Ceramics Collective.

2010-12 Director of Artist Programs, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois.

 

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS

2010 Best in Show, Second Annual National Cup Show, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska.

2008 Faculty Development Grant, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design Denver, Colorado.

2008 Finalist for the German Chancellor’s Fellowship, Berlin, Germany.

2006 Dean’s Award, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2006 Nancy Fedou Getzelman Scholarship, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2004 Alumni Association Fellowship, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2001 Jerome Grant, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2001 Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship, National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Charlotte, North Carolina.

2000 Purchase Award, Minnesota Historical Society, received in Focus on Function Exhibition, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

2000 Sage Scholarship, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana.

2000 Excellence in Functional Work Award, Received in Clay Bodies by Student Bodies Exhibition, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, Minnesota.

1999 MacKenzie-Brown Scholarship, University of Minnesota.

1997 Ceramic Art Scholarship, Alfred University.

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lacoste Gallery, Concord, Massachusettes

BK Antiques, New York, New York

Objective Clay, website



PUBLICATIONS

Exhibition Reviews

2012 Review Gallery, Ceramic Review.  November/December 2012, page 23.

2011 In Review: Exhibition Spotlight Image, Ceramics Monthly.  September 2011, page 16. 

2010 Review of Continental Divide exhibition, by Liz Howe Ceramics Monthly, January 2010, Pages 22-23. 

2001 Review of Three Jerome Artists at the Northern Clay Center, Pulse of the Twin Cities, 2001. http://www.pulsetc.com/beforejune/V5I42/film.html

 

Interviews

2017 The Object of Objective Clay, Ceramics Monthly. February 2017, pages 35-39.

2014 Studio Visit, Ceramics Monthly. October 2014, pages 26-29 and 116.

2013 Pinched Pitchers, Pottery Making Illustrated.  March/April 2013, page 17 – 21. Demonstration article by Emily Schroeder Willis.

2012 Generational Shift: Spotlight of Emily Schroeder Willis, Ceramics Monthly.  December 2012, page 80.

Books

2018 Mastering Hand Building, by Sunshine Cobb. January 2018.

2015 Handbuilding Techniques, edited by Bill Jones, American Ceramics Society 2015, pages 1-5.

2015 Electric Kiln Ceramics, by Richard Zakin and Frederick Bartolovic

2014 Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist's Guide to Glaze and Color by Brian Taylor & Kate Doody, August 2014.

2014 The Art of American Pottery, by Kevin Hluch. On-Line Ceramics Book.  August 2014.

2013 "The Decorated Surface." In Pinch Pottery, by Susan Halls, New York: Lark Books, 2013.  Page 65.

 

My Writings

2015 Universal Statuary, Ceramics Monthly. January 2015, pages 52-54.  Review of Chicago Cultural Center exhibition of Matthew Groves work by Emily Schroeder Willis.

2013 No Rules: Contemporary Clay, Ceramics Monthly.  April 2013, page 52 – 56.  Review of Elmhurst Art Museum Exhibition by Emily Schroeder Willis.

 

COLLECTIONS

Alberta College of Art + Design

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts

Australia National University

Flint Institute of Arts

Minnesota Historical Society

Philip & Marge Kalodner

Louise Rosenfield

Robert Taunt


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