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Artist: Eric Hoefer


Eric Hoefer
Eric Hoefer, OKLAHOMA
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I developed my passion for the arts as a child growing up in upstate New York. My formal education in Fine Arts began at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute in Utica, New York. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.  After graduation, I pursued post-baccalaureate studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and then spent one year working in Las Vegas, Nevada developing my work at Tom Coleman's Studio and Gallery. I completed my Master of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois and completed a one year artist-in-residency at the Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Central Oklahoma where I teach courses in hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramic art.  I continue to exhibit my work throughout the United States.

The timeless quality that can be found in ceramic vessels and objects drives my work; it is a strong reflection of humanity revealing our history, values and spirit. Clay is a uniquely intimate material that allows one to create through the act of touch. Its infinite possibility of abstraction and expression is inspiring. Historical ceramic iconography, modern painting, sculpture and contemporary design all merge together and inform my work.

Currently, My research has been in soda and wood-fired architectonic porcelain vessels. These vessels loosely resemble a variety of man-made constructions such as huts, domes, cathedrals, temples, and urban landscapes. There are interesting parallels between pottery and architecture. Each is ergonomically designed to relate and interact with the human body. They are not only functional objects, but they also provide an outlet for artistic expression, creativity, and imagination. In my mind, architecture is sculpture that is inhabited and pottery is sculpture that functions. Many of my vessels are influenced by Deconstructivist-Style architecture with the use of freedom of form and a visible display of complexity in the structure, rather than strict adherence to functional concerns and formal design elements. Unpredictability, non-rectilinear shapes, which distort and displace elements of the composition, controlled chaos and fragmentation are all features employed in the formulation of my ceramic vessels. The surface of these objects becomes a canvas, which allows for further expression and detail within the composition. The application of stripes, Polk-a-dots and linear and nonlinear graphic imagery at once unifies and fragments the form. At times this combination of form and surface can echo historical artistic movements such as Op-Art, Cubism, Pop-Art and Modernism culminating in Post-Modern statement.

Many of my vessel forms are abstracted. Form, color and line, are independent from any directly recognizable, visual references that attempt to replicate the appearance of a visible reality. The primary focus is to construct ceramic pieces that are vehicles for conveying ideas, which employ both historical and contemporary artistic idioms. The conceptualized visual-language in these ceramic vessels are both playful and unpredictable. The viewer’s notion of form, design and functionality at times maybe challenged. The ultimate objective of my work is to create a sense of wonder and curiosity within my audience. Engaging them in a spirited conversation with each piece. 

 

EDUCATION

M.F.A 2007 Studio Art: Ceramics, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

B.F.A. 1999 Studio Art: Ceramics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017-Present Assistant Professor of Art in Ceramics,

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

Ceramics Basics and Beyond I
Basic hand building techniques (coil, pinch, slab) Gas and electric kiln firing
Surface treatments (sgraffito, mishima, hakame)

Ceramics I
Basic hand building techniques (coil, pinch, slab) Introduction to wheel throwing
Gas and electric kiln firing
Surface treatments (sgraffito, mishima, hakame) Research topic and presentation

Ceramics II
Intermediate wheel throwing

Hand building and wheel throwing combinations Gas, electric and soda kiln firing
Surface treatments (sgraffito, mishima, hakame) Electric bisque firing and loading techniques Research topic and presentation

Ceramics III Glaze composition and formulation

Student proposal for self directed curriculum

Artist slide presentation Show applications and shipping work

Shoot slides of personal work Independent kiln firing

Studio practice( mixing clay, maintaining glazes)

2011-2015 Ceramics Instructor, McKendree University, Lebanon, IL

ART 232 Ceramics I

Lecture on the origins of clay and the ceramic firing process

Research historical and contemporary ceramic arts

Basic hand building techniques (coil, pinch, slab)

Introduction to wheel throwing

Gas and electric kiln firing

Surface treatments (sgraffito, mishima, hakame)

ART 332 Ceramics II

Intermediate wheel throwing

Hand building and wheel throwing combinations

Gas and electric kiln firing

Surface treatments (sgraffito, mishima, hakame)

Electric bisque firing and loading techniques

Independent kiln firing

Studio practice (mixing clay, maintaining glazes)

2006- 2016 Ceramics Instructor, St. Louis Community College at Meramec, St. Louis, MO

ART 113 Ceramics I

Lecture on the origins of clay and the ceramic firing process

Research historical and contemporary ceramic arts

Basic hand building techniques (coil, pinch, slab)

Introduction to wheel throwing

Gas and electric kiln firing

Surface treatments (sgraffito, mishima, hakame)

2014-2016 Sculpture Technician/Educational Assistant,

St. Louis Community College at Meramec, St. Louis, MO

Assist the faculty and students in Sculpture courses

Maintain and oversee woodshop equipment, including table saw,

compound miter saw, horizontal panel, router, band saw, drill press,

belt and disc sander, jigsaw, chainsaw, orbital sander and hand drills.

Maintain and oversee metal shop equipment.

2003-2016 Production Potter, Mississippi Mud Pottery, Alton, IL

Throw production style pottery

Design and create functional wheel thrown forms

Demonstrate wheel throwing techniques during studio tours

Assist in maintaining studio functions

2012-2014 Visiting Instructor-Ceramics, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville, IL

ART 202c Introduction to Ceramics

Lectured on the origins of clay and the ceramic firing process

Research historical and contemporary ceramic arts
Basic hand building techniques (coil, pinch, slab)

Introduction to wheel throwing

Gas and electric kiln firing

Surface treatments (sgraffito, mishima, hakame)

ART 305 Intermediate Ceramics

Intermediate wheel throwing

Hand building and wheel throwing combinations

Gas, electric, wood, soda and salt firing

Surface treatments (sgraffito, mishima, hakame)

Electric bisque firing and loading techniques

ART 420 Advanced Ceramics

Glaze composition and formulation

Assisted students in creating proposals for self-directed curriculum

Artist slide presentation

Show applications and shipping of work

Documentation of personal work

Independent kiln firing

Studio practice (mixing clay, maintaining glazes)

ART 520 Graduate Ceramics I and II

Content focused curriculum

Professional development (applying to exhibitions)

Prepared for Thesis Exhibition

Documented images of personal work

Independent kiln firing

ART 405 Seminar

Resume development

Documented images of personal work

Created PowerPoint Presentation

Researching job opportunities

Wrote artist statement, letter of intent, artist philosophy and

artist bio

ART 112d Visual Organization II

Lectured on historical and contemporary three-dimensional artists

Taught three-dimensional design topics with variety of mediums Demonstrated a variety of construction methods

Lectured on the fundamental design elements of sculpture

2011-2012 Ceramics Instructor, The Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

Taught introductory level wheel throwing techniques

Instructed hand building classes for children

Designed and implemented syllabus for courses

Maintained all inventory of dry and wet materials

Mixed clay and glaze

Fired student's work

Cleaned and organized ceramics studio

2007-2009 Ceramics Instructor, St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, St. Louis, MO

ART 113 Ceramics I

Lectured on the origins of clay and the ceramic firing process

Researched historical and contemporary ceramic arts

Basic hand building techniques (coil,pinch,slab)

Introduction to wheel throwing

Gas and electric kiln firing

Surface treatments (sgraffito, mishima, hakame)

2007-2009 Ceramics Technician/Educational Assistant,

St. Louis Community College at Meramec, St. Louis, MO

Assisted the faculty and students in ceramic courses

Mixed studio glazes and slips

Reclaimed clay in mixer

Maintained gas, raku, soda fire and electric kilns

Fired student's work

Maintained inventory of clay mixing

materials and glaze chemicals

Cleaned and organized ceramics studio

2002-2004 Instructor of Record, Art 202 Ceramics,

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL

Lectured on the origins of clay and the ceramic firing process

Researched historical and contemporary ceramic arts

Taught introductory level ceramic courses

Designed and implemented syllabus for the course

Fired student's work

2002-2003 Instructor of Record, Art 112D Three-dimensional Design,

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL

Lectured on historical and contemporary three-dimensional artists

Taught three-dimensional design topics

using a variety of medium

Demonstrated a variety of construction methods

Lectured on the fundamental design elements of sculpture

2001-2002 Ceramic Studio Technician, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL

Managed ceramic studio
Repaired and maintained kilns
Bisqued and glazed fired student's work
Mixed studio glazes
Recorded inventory of raw materials
Maintained studio tools

2001 Studio Assistantship, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Constructed a wood burning kiln for the Ceramics Department

Portfolio development and research of clay and glaze materials

Assisted instructors and students in studio practices

2000-2001 Studio Resident, Tom Coleman Clay Studio and Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

Portfolio development and research of clay and glaze materials

Taught private ceramic classes to Clay Studio members

1997-1998 Ceramic Studio Assistant, Syracuse University Syracuse, NY

Assisted faculty and students

Mixed and tested glazes for the Ceramics Department

Maintained studio equipment

Cleaned and organized ceramics studio

EXHIBITIONS

2017 Cup Show, Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

2017 SLURP, Ramen Bowl Exhibition, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO ​
2017 Conversations in Red, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y
2016 Teapots 10, Morgan Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2016 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL
2016 Schlafly Art Show, Maplewood, MO
2016 St. Charles Community College, Invitational Exhibition, St. Charles, MO

2016 Influences and Inspirations, NCECA Conference, Kansas City, MO
2016 Lineage: 41 years of MFAs, NCECA Conference, Kansas City, MO

2016 Saint Louis University Invitational Exhibition, St. Louis, MO

2016 Interpretations, National Teapot Invitational, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO ​

2015 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL

2015 The Small Ones, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL

2014 Central-Time Ceramics Exhibition at Bradley University, Peoria, IL

2014 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL

2014 Architectonic, Reese Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2013 Schlafly Art Fair, Maplewood, MO

2013 Group Exhibition, Greenville College, Greenville, IL

2013 Solo Case Show, St. Louis Community College St. Louis, MO

2013 S.I.U.E. Faculty Exhibition, Edwardsville, IL

2013 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL

2012 Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL

2012 McKendree University Faculty Exhibition, Lebanon, IL

2012 Artist in Residence Exhibition, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

2012 Teapot Exhibition, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2012 Sky High Tea, Lambert St. Louis Airport, St. Louis, MO

2012 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL

2011 Expressions to a Tea, By Design Gallery, Alton, IL

2011 Faculty Show, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

2011 Peach Street Art Fair, Atlanta, GA

2011 Brookside Art Fair, Kansas City, MO

2011 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL

2010 Laumeier Art Fair, St. Louis, MO

2010 Alumni Show, S.I.U.E. Edwardsville, IL

2010 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL

2010 Cherry Creek Arts, Denver, CO

2009 “Gifted”, PHD Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2009 Group Exhibition, Abstrak Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2009 NCECA Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ

2009 Faculty Art Show, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO

2008 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL

2008 Group Exhibition, Next Step Gallery, Ferndale, MI

2008 The Plaza Art Exhibition, Kansas City, MO

2008 Laumier Sculpture Park Art Show, St. Louis, MO

2008 Don’t All Rock at Once Ceramics Expo, St. Louis, MO

2007 90 Teapots Show, Xen Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2007 The Hand Held Cup, Main Street Edwardsville, IL

2007 Regional Ceramic Art Exhibition, Jacoby Art Center, Alton, Illinois

2007 Wood Fired Clay Show, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO

2007 3x3x6, Faculty Show, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO

2006 Solo Show, Forest Park Community College, St. Louis, MO

2006 Group Show, St. James the Greater, St. Louis, MO

2006 Group Show, Mad Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2006 Faculty Art Show, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO

2006 Ceramic Art Show, Rare Earth Works, Park City, UT

2006 Art East Exhibition, Mississippi Mud Art Gallery, Alton, IL

2005 Ceramic Show, Scenic Outlook Gallery, Raparius, NY

2004 NCECA 2004, Ceramic Art Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN

2004 Ceramic Art Exhibition, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2004 M.F.A. Exhibition, Wagner Art Gallery, Edwardsville, IL

2004 Art East Exhibition, Mississippi Mud Art Gallery, Alton, IL

2004 Graduate Student Show, Jurors Award, S.I.U.E., Edwardsville, IL

2004 Group Show, Main Street Art Gallery, Edwardsville, IL

2003 Friends of Art, Art Auction, Jurors Award, Edwardsville, IL

2002 Ceramic Art Show, Greenville College, Greenville, IL

2002 Graduate Student Show, Jurors Award, S.I.U.E., Edwardsville, IL

2000 Ceramic Group Show, Coleman Clay Studio, Las Vegas, NV

2000 The 2000 International Orton Cone Box Show, Baker, KS

2000 The 17th Annual Northeast Fine Art Exhibition, Schenectady, NY

2000 Ceramic Group Show, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

1998 Syracuse University Student Art Show, Florence, Italy

1998 B.F.A Exhibition, Sara Coyne Gallery, Syracuse, NY

1998 Wood Fire Exhibition, Eureka Gallery, Syracuse, NY

1998 Art Exhibition, Saratoga County Arts Council Gallery, Sartoga Springs, NY



ORGANIZATIONS

2012-2014 Faculty Advisor for Wagner Potters Association,

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Advised Club President on the Organizations activities

Assisted in developing visiting artist series for the department

Organized two annual ceramic art sales with students

2004-2014 Friends of Art

Donated personal works of art to auction which benefits the local Arts

2005-2015 Operation Food Search

Participated in Empty Bowls Annual Fundraiser

Created and donated Ceramic Utilitarian bowls

Assisted with event by serving soup in purchased bowls

2000-2012 National Council on the Education for Ceramic Arts

Participation in the annual conference

Attend various Ceramic lectures

Viewed Ceramic Exhibitions

2005- 2010 Clay Club of St. Louis Community College

Organized and setup annual pottery sale to create funds for student scholarships, visiting artist program and student field trips

Created various works in clay and donated them to the Ceramics Sale


2004-2010 ART/ EAST

Edwardsville/Alton Studio Tour Member

Participated in a showcase of regional artists in the Edwardsville and Alton, Illinois area

2001-2004 Wagner Potters Association, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Elected President of the Club 2003-2004 yr.

Elected Vice President of the club 2001-2003 yr.

Responsible for organizing visiting artist series for the

Ceramics Department

Organized two annual Ceramic art sales



GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Next Step Gallery, Ferndale, MI

Craft Alliance, Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Reese Gallery, St. louis, MO

By Design Gallery, Alton, IL

Mississippi Mud Art Gallery, Alton, IL

Jacoby Art Center, Alton, IL


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