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Artist: Geoffrey Wheeler



Geoffrey Wheeler, WISCONSIN
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My work explores the vessel both as a metaphor and and as an object of corporeal physicality. The forms allude to plants and human bodies; imagery that artists have used throughout the centuries to express ideas about their relationship to the world. I work in volumes that reflect the interactions of flesh and bone and breath, exploring the idea of vessel as body, and volume as spirit. Through the investigation of line and volume, form and color, interior and exterior, I am able to find balances within myself, between my intellect and intuition, my masculine and feminine qualities, my flesh and my dreams.
The core element of the work is function. My pots are made to be touched and held. While concerned in the thoughts of beauty and transformation they are firmly rooted in the sensual, physical world. My intention is to make life-affirming objects. In order for them to be fully realized they must be used, becoming active parts of the celebration of life.

Education

M.F.A. in ceramics
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

B.F.A. in ceramics
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Description of Work

Wheel-thrown porcelain

Recent Exhibitions

2003 Geoffrey Wheeler: recent Work in Porcelain
Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

2003 Archie Bray Resident Artists
Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ

2003 Snowbirds
Santa Fe Clay Studio Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Recent Publications

2003 Sex Pots: Eroticism in Ceramics
Rutgers University Press, page 215

2003 500 Bowls
Lark Books, Asheville, NC Pages 134, 246, 357


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