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Artist: Kristin Müller


Artist: Kristin Müller
Kristin Müller, PENNSYLVANIA
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I love the creative synergy at play when I’m in the studio. While the process is sometimes deliberate, the most productive moments are those in which I let go and immerse myself in the process of making. On these occasions thoughts are channeled through my hands, effortlessly, free from technical constraints. The interaction between self, tools, clay and environment becomes an expression of a larger intellectual and physical need.

EDUCATION
2014 MFA Hood College, Fredrick, MD

2008 Graduate Certificate in Ceramics Hood College, Fredrick, MD

1990 Bachelor of Science, Studio Art-Ceramics, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT

EXHIBITIONS
2016
Hood College Faculty Exhibition, Whitaker Gallery at Hood College Frederick, MD, December- January

Moving Forward: Waubonsee International Wood Fire Conference 2016 , Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL, September-October

Its in the Atmosphere, invitational Whitaker Gallery, Hood College Frederick MD, May-June

Making Matters 2016: Fresh Perspectives in Fine Craft, Sally D. Francisco Gallery at Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ June-August

The Clay Way, invitational The Clay Lady’s Campus Nashville, TN May-June

Sexy Suggestive Pots and Voluptuous Vessels, The Clay Studio, Bonovitz Gallery
Philadelphia, PA February

2015
Coming Together, Hood College Faculty Whitaker Gallery at Hood College Frederick, MD, December

Tea Bowls and Tea Vessels Solo Exhibition, Whitaker Library at Hood College, Frederick, MD, October

Making Matters: Fresh Perspectives in Fine Craft, Sally D. Francisco Gallery at Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ, June-August

2014
The Potter's Guild Celebrating 50 Years: 100 Nationally Recognized Ceramic Artists,The Duke Gallery, Community Arts Center Wallingford, PA, October-November

Considering the Kylix: Contemporary Interpretations of a Classical Form, Mahadi Gallery at Marywood University Scranton, PA, September-October

Peters Valley Faculty and Artists in Residence Exhibition, Sally D. Francisco Gallery at Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ, June-August

Pyro-Protagonists: A Generation of Ceramic Artists, Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, MD, June-September

Considering the Kylix: Contemporary Interpretations of a Classical Form, Sally D. Francisco Gallery at Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ, April-May

Hikidashi Tea Bowls: 50 winter tea bowls, Solo exhibition Whitaker Gallery, Hood College, Frederick, MD, April

2013
Women in Clay, Celadon Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY, June-July

Riding the Wave: 30 Years of the Peters Valley Anagama, Sally D. Francisco Gallery at Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ, August-October

2012
Shuki; the Intimate Vessels of Sake Vessels Gallery Boston, MA

Tea Bowls and Sake Cups: A Kindred Spirit, LaCoste Gallery Concord, MA

Growth, Renewal and Change, Traillworks Gallery, Newton, NJ 2012

Peters Valley Craft Center Faculty Exhibition, Sally D. Francisco Gallery, Peters Valley Layton, NJ

Graduate and Alumni, Hodson Gallery, Hood College, Fredrick, MD

2011 The Elusive Teabowl, Jeff Shapiro & Lucy LaCoste curators, featuring Japanese, American and European Tea bowl makers, LaCoste Gallery, Concord,MA

2010
Consequential Tea, Causey Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

3 x Extraordinary, Celadon Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

Hand Thrown: East Asian Wedge Coil, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD

Hand Thrown: East Asian Wedge Coil Technique, Howard Community College, Columbia, MD

Peters Valley Craft Center Faculty Exhibit Sally D. Francisco Gallery, Peters Valley Craft Center Layton, NJ

2009 Sacred Containment: Vessels, Nests and Shelters group show, Miani Carnevale, curator, Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

2008
Fire Works: A Celebration of Wood-Fired Ceramics featuring Brad Birkhimer, Jason Bonhert, Alison Coles-Severence, Kevin Crowe, Jim Dugan, Joyce Michaud. Ice House Gallery Berkley Springs, WV

Tea Bowls, Tea Bowls 5 person show with Peter Callas, Joe Campbell, Takao Okazaki and Shane Sellers Chi Contemporary Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
Tea Bowls, Tea Bowls featuring Peter Callas, Joe Campbell, Takao Okazaki and Shane Sellers a concurrent exhibition with the NCECA Conference at Asian Influences, Pittsburgh, PA

2007 Synergism Contemplation and Clay Solo exhibition, Hodson Gallery, Tatem Art Center, Hood College, Fredrick, MD

Wood-Fire-Clay Invitational international exhibition of wood-fired ceramics, Chemeketa Community College Art Gallery, Salem OR

Foreign Bodies: in Pursuit of Self-Expression, two person show with Takao Okazaki, a concurrent exhibition with the NCECA Conference at Thrown Together Gallery, Louisville, KY

The National Juried Wood-Fired Exhibition, curators, Rand Haezlitt and Joe Molinaro, Thrown Together Gallery, Louisville, KY

Wood Fire Exhibition curator, Ron Meyers, Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta GA

2006 Contemporary American Ceramics in Hokaido, Enzogama in Biei, Hokaido, Japan

2005 Clay Crafts Invitational, Catskill Art Society, Hurleyville, NY
July National Exhibition, Franklin Square Gallery, Southport, NC

2004
Milestone 1964-2004 Forty Year Anniversary exhibition Tommy Simpson, Leo Kaplan Modern, New York, NY (Collaborative ceramic work)

Mixed Masters The White Silo Gallery, Sherman, CT

Gems of the Fire Curator, Chuck Hindes Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA

50/50 The 50th Anniversary Faculty Exhibition, Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery at Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield CT

Table Setting,The Silo Gallery” Curator, Ruth Henderson New Milford, CT

2003 Kristin Muller and Louse W. King, Clay works Chelsea Ceramic Guild, New York, NY

2001 Quill and Kiln National Art Competition, The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, Biloxi, MS

25 Years of Fine Craftsmanship: Brookfield Craft Center Faculty 1976-2000 Silo Gallery, New Milford, CT

1997 Silver Anniversary at Ruth & Skitch Henderson’s Silo Gallery, New Milford, CT

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE
2013 Riding the Wave: 30 Years of the Peters Valley Anagama, Co-curator Sally D. Francisco Gallery at Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ August-October

2008 Journey of Discovery Curator, group exhibition, Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

2007 Zoomorphic Clay: Predator, Prey and Play, Curator, Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

2001 Muse of the Wild: Animal Inspirations, Curator, Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery,
Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

1998 Salt Fired: Form and Surface, Curator, Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery,
Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

1996 Woodfiring in the Northeast, Curator, Brookfield Craft Center Gallery, Brookfield, CT

EXPERIENCE
2009-Present Executive Director, Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ
Responsible for the management of the non-profit school and fulfillment of the mission to enrich lives through the learning, appreciation and practice of the art of fine craft.

2016
Juror for the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
with Glenn Adamson, Elizabeth Agro, Tim McCreight and Laura Mays

Judge for the Design Award, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
with Glenn Adamson, Elizabeth Agro, Tim McCreight and Laura Mays

Juror for the 21st Annual Naples New Year’s Art Festival, January 7-8, 2017

Juror for the 29th Annual Naples Downtown Art Festival, March 18-19, 2017

Presentor ‘The Beauty and Possibilities of Hikidashi’ Wabonsee International Wood Fire Conference, Wabonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL, October

Tea Bowls Form Function and Beauty, Workshop Instructor, Peters Valley School of Craft, NJ
Adjunct Instructor, Hood College Frederick, MD Professor of Graduate Ceramics Courses in Eastern and Western Trimming Techniques, December

2015
Adjunct Instructor, Hood College Frederick, MD Professor of Graduate Ceramics Courses in advanced throwing techniques.

Panelist – The Craft School Experience at the upcoming Alliance for Artist Communities conference October featuring Stewart Kestenbaum, James Baker, Jean McLaughlin in Providence R.I

Panelist - the Emil Milan Symposium hosted by the Center for Art in Wood Philadelphia, PA Barry Gordon, Phil Jurus, Norm Santorius, Elizabeth Agro-curator Philadelphia Museum of Art, Jennifer Scanlon-Museum of Art and Design, Jennifer
Zwilling- Director of Programs Clay Studio, Andrew Willner and Alber LeCoff –Founding Director of the Center for Art in Wood

2014 Panelist – “The Craft School Experience” at SOFA Expo Chicago, IL
Wendy Maruyama, Raissa Bump, David Ellsworth, Jean McLaughlin,
Stuart Kestenbaum, Jim Baker, Bill May moderated by Ennis Carter of Social Impact Studios

2013 SUNY Purchase College-Guest Speaker for Beth Ireland – Windgate Charitable Foundation Artist Resident

2012
Panelist - the NCECA conference, Seattle, WA
“Women Who Woodfire” led by Coll Minogue.

Visiting Artist at Frederick Community College, Frederick, MD
Presented two day lecture and demonstration

2011
Co-Authored “The Potter’s Complete Studio Handbook: The Essential, Start to Finish Guide for Ceramic Artists” Quarry Publisher, October 2011 with Jeff Zamek

Visiting Instructor Peters Valley School of Craft Layton, NJ
Taught two workshops a Making work for the Anagama and Firing the Peters Valley
Anagama workshops.

2010-14 Instructor at Hood College on Eastern and Western Trimming Techniques
Techniques in Frederick, MD.

2010 Visiting Instructor at Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ-
Intro. to Pottery on the Wheel.

2009- Graduate Advisory Council Hood College
Serve as student advisor to the Graduate Council bringing strategic planning experience to the council.

2007 Authored “The Studio Potter’s Handbook: A Start-to-Finish Guide to Hand-Built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics” Quarry Publisher, November 2007. This book has been translated into Dutch and Swedish versions.
Panel Presentation at the NCECA conference, Louisville, KY
The Cultural and Economic Impact of Community Craft Centers, Deborah
Bedwell, Rand Haezlitt, Kristin Müller presenters, moderator, Polly Beach

2005-08 Curator of the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery Brookfield Craft Center
Responsible for developing and implementing exhibition concepts relevant to fine craft.

2005 Collaboration with Tommy Simpson
40 year retrospective at Leo Kaplan Modern NY.

2000 Established Pottery Studio in Dingmans Ferry, PA
Purchased anagama kiln and pottery studio from master potter Takao Okazaki. Currently firing the kiln one per year.

2000-09 Education Director Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
Responsible for scheduling courses for the fine crafts education program. Work directly with the Executive Director on strategic planning, fund raising, grant writing and exhibition concepts.

1997-99 Adjunct Instructor in Ceramics at Albertus Magnus College, Hamden, CT
Responsible for teaching ceramics in the accelerated degree program.

1996-2000
Firing Assistant to Takao Okazaki of Kaminoyama Japan
Worked with Mr. Okazaki firing the anagama kiln that he built in Dingmans Ferry, PA

Education Program Developer Brookfield Craft Center Brookfield, CT
Responsible for scheduling workshops for the quarterly

1995-2005 Pottery Collaboration Abbey of Regional Laudis, Bethlehem, CT
Worked with M. Perpetua Giampietro at Master Potter Emanuelle Rondinoni of Italy, making pottery and firing the Italian earthenware wood kiln and the fast fire stoneware wood kiln. Helped design new studio and trained apprentice.

1995-2004 Adjunct Instructor of Ceramics, Southern Connecticut State University Taught
undergraduate foundations in ceramics courses on handbuilding, glazing and
firing techniques.

1994-2002 Firing Assistant, Peter Callas Studio, Belvidere, NJ
Participated in all aspects of firing of the Anagama Kiln

1994-2007 Resident Potter Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
Taught beginner-advanced courses in ceramic techniques and firing kilns and running the studio.

1994-2005 Howe Street Clay Studio New Haven, CT
Operated a pottery studio and retail gallery with Chris Alexiades

1990-93 Kristin Muller Pottery, Columbus, OH
Operated a decorative and functional pottery studio.

1989-90 Design and Production Manager, Craftmark Inc., Delaware, OH
Design and production of ceramic buttons for the notions industry

1987-89 Ceramic Studio Assistant, Southern Connecticut State University
Responsible for all aspects of running a ceramic studio,

1987 Center for Creative Youth,
Wesleyan University. Dorm Counselor and Teaching Assistant for Youth Art Program

PUBLISHED
2017 “Making Good: An Inspirational Guide to Being an Artist Craftsman” Schiffer Publishing, 2017 co author with Jacklyn Scott & Tommy Simpson

“So You Want to Wood Fire…” The Studio Potter digital issue, Women in Ceramics March

“Passing the Torch “ featured in article by Lauryn Axelrod, The Studio Potter Women in Ceramics March Issue

2016
“A Continuum” The Log Book issue. 66 May

“International Woodfire Conference: Moving Forward” Featured in article by Fred Herbst, The Log Book Issue 68 October

“Maker Moxie” Exhibition Catalog Essay, Peters Valley School of Craft

“Feeding the ‘dragon’ at Peters Valley”, Featured in article by Bruce A. Scruton, The New Jersey Herald September 1, 2016

2015 “Five Fingers One Hand” Moses, August September issue of American Craft
Magazine.

2015 “Ideas on Craft and the Craft School Experience” Part I Louise & Maurice Musings from the Artland May, www.louiseandmaurice.com

2013 Featured in “Wood-Fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists”
by Amedeo Salamoni published by Schiffer December 2013

2011 Co-Author of “ The Potter’s Complete Studio Handbook: The Essential, Start –to- Finish Guide for Ceramic Artists” Quarry Publisher October 2011 with Jeff Zamek

2009 “Enamorada de la Quema a Leña” Esteka Revista de Ceråmica Contemporånea Abril-Octubre #7,

2008 “A Winter Tea Bowl: Takao Okazaki’s Carving Process” Clay Times July/August, 2008

2008 “High Touch” NCECA Journal, January 2008

2007 Author of “The Studio Potter’s Handbook: A Start-to-Finish Guide to Hand-Built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics” Quarry Publisher, November 2007

AWARDS
2015 Women in Business nominee for the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards, Sussex, NJ

2014 Outstanding Graduate Student in the Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramic Arts, Hood College Frederick, MD

1985 Mary Cekas Award for Distinction in Ceramics, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT

AFFILIATIONS

Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society,

National Ceramic Education Council of America

Art Pride New Jersey

James Renwick Alliance

American Craft Council

Society of North American Goldsmiths

National Basketry Organization

 


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