Artist: Kyle Johns
Kyle Johns, MONTANA
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The pots I make are a distillation of materials both in physicality and containment that I interact with on a daily basis. The way which materials such as fabric, metal, and plastic can be manipulated to exude different visual qualities is of particular interest to me . For instance the way fabric is stretched over a tufted chair giving feelings of fullness and comfort while creating pattern and depth. I am drawn to utilitarian objects because of my interest in the form and function of design, and the interaction between the user and my work on both physical and visual levels. Through both mind and hand I believe that an individual can design and transform a ball of clay into a unique pot with a practical function. Clays plasticity allows me the ability to customize and personalize forms, but the interaction between the participant and the pot is of the utmost importance to the pot’s quality of function. I aim to imbue pots with specific surface treatments and formal structures, making them pleasant to the lips and secure in the hand. Through this interaction I seek to conjure up feelings of comfort, balance, and stability when creating forms. The way pots are held, poured, or opened can bring about another component in which we appreciate the enjoyment of provisions.
Present Ohio University, Masters of Fine Arts Candidate in Ceramics. Athens, Ohio. Expected Graduation 2015
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics. Edwardsville, Illinois.
Oakton Community College, Associates in Liberal Arts. Des Planes, Illinois.
10th Annual Fire And Ice Invitational. Hocking College Art Gallery, Nelsonville Ohio.
Athens Voices USA. Traveling Exhibition: The Dairy Barn Arts Center (Athens, OH.), Alabama Center for the Arts (Athens, AL.), and Arthur Butcher Art Gallery at Concord University in Athens, WV.
Jurors: John Sabraw, Didi Dunphy, and Jamey Biggs
Cup: The Intimate Object X. Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville Florida.
Juror: Charlie Cummings
22nd Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National. Market House Craft Center, Lancaster Pennsylvania.
Juror: Christa Assad
The Clay Cup: Icon, Vessel, Canvas. George Caleb Bingham Gallery in the Department of Art at the University of Missouri, Columbia Missouri.
Juror: Linda Arbuckle
Solo Cup Benefit Exhibition. Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore Maryland.
The Joy of Drinking. Phoenix Fired Art, Joplin Missouri.
Juror: Nathan Falter
Lillstreet Faculty Invites Students Exhibition, NCECA Conference, Milwaukee Wisconsin.
World Cup Tournament. HYART Gallery, Madison Wisconsin.
Yunomi Invitational. AKAR, Iowa City Iowa.
1st Place, Monetary Award. Demitasse: Cup and Saucer Exhibition. Juror: Sebastian Moh
Honorable Mention. Tabletop (Ceramics Exhibit).
Awarded by Linda Christianson
Sue Hazen Juror’s Purchase Award. Monetary Award. Starbrick
Salt and Pepper Shaker Show.
Awarded by Sue Hazen
“Exposure” Ceramics Monthly, November 2014, p. 20
Ceramics Yearbook, 2013, p. 24
“Exposure” Ceramics Monthly, October 2013, p. 22
“Exposure” Ceramics Monthly, April 2012, p. 16
Wheel Throwing For Beginners (Instructor of Record) Fall Semester
Hand building of Beginners (Teaching Assistant) Spring Semester
Glaze Calculation (Teaching Assistant) Fall Semester
Kiln Building (Teaching Assistant) Spring Semester
Wheel Throwing For Beginners (Teaching Assistant) Fall Semester
Studio and workshop Assistant for Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN.
Assistant Studio Technician for Evanston Art Center, Evanston IL.
Secretary for the Wagner Potters Association, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville IL.
Studio Assistant for Oakton Community College Art Department, Des Plaines IL.