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Artist: Meredith Host


Artist: Meredith Host
Meredith Host
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I am a collector of overlooked patterns, patterns you see on a daily basis. Every time I enter a restroom, my eyes immediately look to the toilet paper roll. If I have not seen this subtle embossed design before, I will take a few squares and place them in my pocket. I obsess about these found ubiquitous domestic patterns contained in the paper products we see, use, and throwaway every day.

The prevalence of these dimpled decorations in our daily life renders them invisible, their utility questionable. We barely notice them and take them for granted. In this body of work, I am taking these motifs and reintroducing them by transferring them from one material to another. The conversion from something ephemeral into something permanent intrigues me. Ultimately, I am giving these patterns visibility and celebrating their presence in the context of other domestic objects meant for daily use.

Meredith Host was born and raised in Detroit Rock City. She received her BFA in Ceramics from Kansas City Art Institute in 2001 and her MFA in Ceramics from The Ohio State University in 2008. Meredith has spent time at numerous ceramic residencies including The School for America Crafts at RIT in Rochester, NY, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME, and Dresdner Porzellan Manufactory in Dresden, Germany. She was recently named one of the 2011 Emerging Artists for NCECA and Ceramics Monthly. Currently, Meredith lives in Kansas City, MO and is a full time studio potter. She has an extensive collection of patterned knee socks and taxidermy shoulder mounts and is a self-proclaimed horror dork and root beer connoisseur.

EDUCATION
2008
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics
2001
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics

RESIDENCIES
2012
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Participant in Surface Forum
2011
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME
Summer Resident
2008
Porcelain Society of Saxon Porcelain Manufactory, Dresden, Germany
Ceramic Residency at Dresdener Porzellan
2007
The Belden Brick Company, Sugarcreek, OH
Ceramic Residency in Factory
2005-2006
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Post-Baccalaureate Assistant
2004-2005
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME
Juried Winter Resident and Salad Days Artist
2002-2004
School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Studio Resident in Ceramics

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014
Overlooked & Overlapped. Mudfire, Decatur, GA
2013
Domestic Setting. Hallmark, Kansas City, MO
2011
Dot Domestic. Naked City Gallery, Wichita, KS
2010
Dot Dot Dash. Flotsam + Jetsam, Philadelphia, PA
2008
Residue. Kingswood Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2007
Body Organs & Wedding Bells. Beco Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2004
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice. Genesee Pottery, Rochester, NY
Slice ‘n Dice. The Mary Switzer Gallery, Dyer Arts Center, Rochester, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013
10th Annual Ceramics Invitational. Artisan Gallery, Belleville, WI
Floret. Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI
Innovation: Emerging Artist Exhibition. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Plates & Platters. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Mesmerize. Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art, Spring, TX
2012
paint. pattern. print. Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI
The Cup Show. Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Festive Tableware & Small Works Invitational. Carbondale Clay Center,
Carbondale, CO
30x5: The Dessert Plate. AKAR, Iowa City, IA
Fifth Annual Cup Show: Form & Function. Amelia Center Gallery, Panama City, FL
Clay/Pride. Mudfire, Decatur, GA
Gifted. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Cup: The Intimate Object VIII. Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Shirts & Skins. Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
American Pottery Festival. Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
The Bowl Show. Worcester Center for the Crafts, Worcester, MA
Cups Biennial. Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS
The Art of Dining. Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Urban Suburban. Epsten Gallery at the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
A Movable Feast. Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI
Caffeine. Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI
Shirts & Skins. Amaco Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
Art of the Pot. Cera-Mix Studio, Austin, TX
For the House & Garden. Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
Mint Julep Cup Invitational. Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Mt. St. Francis, IN
Invitational Cup Show. Studio 550, Manchester, NH
The Chromatic Edge. NCECA, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
Yunomi 2012. AKAR, Iowa City, IA
Cups & Coffee. Fuel Coffee, Seattle, WA
New Paths: 9 Emerging Ceramic Artists. 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
2011
Interpreting the Cup. Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
Naughty/Nice. Lillstreet Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
Earthly Treasures 2011. Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
Cup: The Intimate Object VII. Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
The Art of Dining. Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
The Bowl Show. Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Bright. Shaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI
Decalicious. Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
Cups & Coffee. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Dining In. 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
Yunomi–A National Juried Exhibition. Greenwish House Pottery, New York, NY
Watershed Pottery Invitational. Gallery One Eleven, Wiscasset, ME
For the House & Garden. Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
Small Favors VI. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
NCECA NEXPO. NEXPO Gallery at NCECA, Tampa, FL
Kansas City Clay. Red Star Studios NCECA Gallery Exposition, Tampa, FL
Yunomi 2011. AKAR, Iowa City, IA
Vases of Spring. Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
The Dining Room Project: The Table. Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO
For the Table. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
2010
Surface & Form, Funke Fired Arts, Cincinnati, OH
Winterfest. Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Gifted. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Fifty Gravy Boats. Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA
Comicalramics. Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
Steins, Pints, and Plates. Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
The Art of Dining. Worcester Center for Crafts. Worcester, MA
Let There Be White. Flotsam + Jetsam, Philadelphia, PA
Garden Party. Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
Small Favors V. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia. PA
Domestic Discomforts. UMKC Gallery of Art, Kansas City, MO
2009
Earthly Treasures 2009. Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
Drink Up. The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Yummy! Junctionview, Columbus, OH
For the Garden & Home. Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
THAT BITES. Soloveev Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
New Kids On the Block. Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
Creamer and Sugar Invitational. Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
2008
Gifts from the Heart. LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
Earthly Treasures 2008. Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
The Cup: The Intimate Object VI. Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Ceramelicious. Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
The Artful Tabletop. Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, NY
The Art of Dining. Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Bountiful Table. Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
Cups. Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition. The Clay Studio,
Philadelphia, PA
Residue: MFA Thesis Exhibition. OSU Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH
NCECA Regional Juried Student Exhibition. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts,
Pittsburgh, PA
2007
Mastery in Clay. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Drink It In. Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
Plates and Platters. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
New Domestic. Cerlan Gallery, Louisville, KY
Fergus Scholarship Exhibition. Hopkins Hall Gallery, Columbus, OH
Cups Coming Together. Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
The New Aesthetics of Ceramics. Robert E. Wilson Gallery, Huntington, IN
2006
Earth Transformation. Kuhn Fine Art Gallery, Marion, OH
100 Cups Invitational. Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
Strictly Functional Pottery National. Market House Craft Center,
East Petersburg, PA
Rising Stars. Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
2005
Cash & Carry. The Beth Allison Gallery, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center,
Kansas City, MO
Made by Hand, Meant for Use. ARC Exhibitions, Andrews University,
Berrien Springs, MI
Salad Days Sampler. Aucosisco Gallery, Portland, ME
Strictly Functional Pottery National. Market House Craft Center,
East Petersburg, PA
Watershed Winter Residents. Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Common Ground. Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

SELECTED AWARDS & GRANTS
2011
Best Table Setting. Dining In. 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
NCECA Emerging Artist. National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Convention, Tampa, FL'
Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist. Ceramics Monthly Magazine.
2008
LIAEP International Travel Grant. Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO International Travel Grant. Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Student International Travel Grant. Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Fergus Gilmore Travel Grant. Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2007
15th Annual Fergus Scholarship. Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Fergus Gilmore Travel Grant. Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2005
Du-All Art Award. Celebrate Clay 2005. Lawrence St. Gallery, Ferndale, MI
2004
Emerging Artist Award. Michigan Ceramics 2004. Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2013
“Red Star Rising”, The Kansas City Star Magazine, August 4, 2013, p. 4-11.
2012
“Connect the Dots“, American Craft, Dec/Jan 2012, Vol. 71 No. 6, p.16-17.
2011
“Emerging Artists 2011”, Ceramics Monthly, May 2011, Vol. 59 No. 5, p. 66.
“For the Table: Dinnerware Review”, May 2011, Vol. 59 No. 5, p. 80.
“Dot Dot Dash - 2011 NCECA Emerging Artists”, NCECA Journal 2011: Tidal Forces – The Next Wave, Volume 32, p. 24-25, 127. May 2011, Issue 83, p. 22-25.
2009
“Show Us What You Got : 20 x 20”, The Kansas City Star Magazine,
August 16, 2009, p. 11.
“Made in KC”, KC Magazine, July 2009, Vol. 16 No. 11, p. 77.
“Ceramelicious”, Ceramics Monthly, January 2009, Vol. 57 No. 1, p. 6, 16.
2007
“The MFA Factor”, Ceramics Monthly, August/September 2007, Vol. 55 No. 7, p. 33-37.
“The New Aesthetics of Ceramics”, Ceramics Monthly, April 2007, Vol. 55
No. 4, p. 30, 32.
2006
“Common Ground: A Showcase of National Ceramics Artists-in-Residence”,
Ceramics Monthly, January 2006 Vol. 54 No. 1, p. 34-39.
2004
500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility & Grace. Lark Books, NY, NY p.394.

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2013
Interviewee. Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast with Ben Carter.
Lecturer. University of Arkansas, The Random Lab, Kansas City, MO
Visiting Artist & Lecturer. University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Panelist. Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast with Ben Carter.
Demonstrator. Lots of Layers Workshop. Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
Visiting Artist & Lecturer. Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Lecturer. Entrepreneur class. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Demonstrator. Engaging Ceramic Surfaces: Potters Council Workshop,
San Diego, CA
2012
Lecturer. Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Lecturer. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Instructor. Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
2011
Visiting Artist & Lecturer. University of Western Illinois, Macomb, IL
Lecturer. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Lecturer. NCECA Conference, Tampa, FL
Visiting Artist & Lecturer. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Demonstrator. Surface + Form: Potters Council Workshop, Cincinnati, OH
Demonstrator. Ceramic Arts Daily: Video of the Week
Instructor. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2010
Visiting Artist & Lecturer. University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
2009
Lecturer. Monsters of Design: Pecha Kucha, Kansas City, MO
Lecturer. Kansas City Artist Coalition, Kansas City, MO
2008
Instructor. Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
2006-2008
Instructor of Record. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2005-2006
Instructor. Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
2004-2005
Instructor. Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts Mudmobile, Newcastle, ME
Instructor. The Deck House School, Edgecomb, ME
2003-2004
Teaching Assistant. School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of
Technology, Rochester, NY


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