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Artist: Kelsie Rudolph

Kelsie Rudolph
Kelsie Rudolph, MONTANA
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I am interested in clay as a way to build utilitarian objects inspired largely by domestic architectural spaces. My work ranges from large scale furniture to hand held pottery, each body of work informing the next. Often, my large scale works are built in parts and pieced together. This process gives me the opportunity to make up my own architectural building techniques. The moments in my practice where I’m bridging a gap or building interior supports shows me that light, shadow, shape and form become one thing. This information translates into the pottery forms and surfaces where I sort out various patterns and compositions. My straightforward hand-building approach gives the work room for a surface that is all consuming and uninterrupted by form. The bright yet matte surfaces entice the viewer to feel the pinched texture below the glazes. Each object ends up with its own personality and purpose, working as independent elements within a system of objects.

Master of Fine Art
Montana State University-Bozeman
Graduation: May 2018
Bachelor of Fine Art Emphasis in 3D (Ceramics)
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Graduation: May 2013

Professional Experience
Workshop Clay Joinery, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA, December 15, 2019
Summer Artist in Residence Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT June – September 2019
Artist in Residence Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO (February – April)
Studio Assistant Hun Chung Lee, Seoul, South Korea (October)
Hand-building Workshop Lead a three-week hand-building and workshop at Hermannsburg Pottery, Hermannsburg, Australia (July 1-21)
Kiln Building In conjunction with the 2017 Biennale - Curitiba, Brazil – Invited participant to build the new cross-draft wood fired kiln for the artists at Sao
Lourenco Parque.
Artist in Residence Tainan National University of the Arts, September 2016 – January 2017, Guantian District, Tainan, Taiwan.
Artist in Residence (Artist-Invite-Artist) June 2-16, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
Studio Assistant to Jeremy Hatch, assist with studio work – glaze/clay mixing, slip casting, sanding etc. – 2015 – current, Bozeman, MT
Studio Assistant to Giselle Hicks, assist with studio work – glaze/clay mixing, slip casting, sanding etc. – Bozeman, MT
Studio Tech, Ceramics Department Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Wood Fire Artist in Residence September 28 – October 28, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
International Lecture September, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
China Kiln Build (Assistant to Simon Levin), August 24 – September 24, Assist in the construction of two wood fire kilns at China Academy of Art,
Hangzhou, China.
Mill Creek Pottery, Apprentice to Simon Levin, June 2013 to July 2014

Rudy Autio Fund for Creative Initiatives Grant funds for photographing new works made while in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation
Emerging Artist Ceramics Monthly, May 2019 Issue
ArtAxis Member, online database of ceramic artists, https://artaxis.org/kelsie-rudolph/
Warren Mackenzie Advancement Award through Northern Clay Center, to continue my research and travel to South Korea and Taiwan in fall 2018
upstream Received $1500 grant to collaborate with a water scientist on a visual project installed in downtown Bozeman, Mountain Time Arts, Bozeman,
Anderson Ranch Scholarship Received $1500 scholarship to attend a two week course at Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO
MSU Ceramics Guild Scholarship $500 towards travel to Taiwan, matched by the Art Department at Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Archie Bray Foundation Resident Artist Exhibition Kolva-Sulivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
TIME + NATURE Grainhouse Art, Bozeman, MT
Resident Exhibition Warehouse Gallery, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
The Form Will Find Its Way: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural Abstraction NCECA 53 rd Annual Exhibition, Katherine E. Nash Gallery,
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Shapes of Influence Invited artist, The Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL
Right Here / Over There Solo Thesis Exhibition, Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Parte de Ti Invited Participant in the International School of Arts Festival in Havana, Cuba
UPSTREAM Downtown store front in Bozeman, MT
Our Royal Filth Solo Exhibition, The Exit Gallery, Student Union Building, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Kindred Solo Exhibition, Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan
Holiday Special Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA
Small Fan Gallery Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan
CLAYFEST Pottery Northwest 50th Anniversary, Invited Artist, Seattle, WA
Juried Ceramics Exhibition Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS

Ceramics Monthly Originally published in May 2019 issue, p. 42, http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org . Copyright, The American Ceramic Society.
The Form Will Find It’s Way: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural Abstraction Catalog 2019 NCECA Annual, p. 78-79

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