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Artist: Noel Bailey


Artist: Noel Bailey
Noel Bailey, VERMONT
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I am a potter. I am in love with the material and the process. My practice and ideas evolve through making.

My work is strongly influenced by the natural environment that I live and play in, with the various forms and processes associated with water composing a central, resounding theme. I am drawn to serene, fluid, and graceful forms, which I find abundant in vertical ice and water-carved rock. What fascinates me are the rhythms of freeze and flux, ebb and flow, erosion and deposition. My process engages these transformational cycles; the resulting dynamic surfaces convey a narrative of movement and change.

BIOGRAPHY
Noel Bailey is a potter, working, living, and playing in Vermont’s Mad River Valley.

His experience in ceramics includes an apprenticeship with professional potter Bill Wilson, numerous summer residencies at Laloba Ranch Clay Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, as well as an undergraduate degree in art education at the University of Northern Colorado. In 2006, he opened up shop and began working full time as a potter in Montrose, Colorado.

Born and raised in Southwest Colorado, Noel has a passion for exploring outdoors, on rivers, cliffs, and in the mountains.

Education

2012
MFA, Ceramics, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2005
BA, Art Education, Ceramics Emphasis, University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, CO

 

Professional Experience

2013-current
Owner – Noel Bailey Ceramics, Waitsfield, VT.

Full-time professional pottery and educational space

2012
Instructor of Record – Advanced Ceramics, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

2010 – 2012
Instructor of Record – Intermediate Ceramics, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

2010
Ceramics Studio Technician, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

2007 - 2009
Noel Bailey Ceramics, Montrose, CO

Full-time studio potter

 

2007 - 2009
The Clay School, Montrose, CO

Taught weekly hand building and wheel throwing classes for adults

 

2006 - 2007
Substitute Teacher, Montrose High School, Montrose, CO

Taught 2-D and 3-D art classes

 

2006 - 2007
Noel Bailey Construction and Remodeling, Montrose, CO

Specializing in finish carpentry and home renovation

 

2002 - 2003
Technical Director, Laloba Ranch Art Center, Steamboat Springs, CO

Kiln building, loading and firing, clay and glaze material inventory and supply,

studio supervision

 

2000 - 2001
Artist-in-Residence, Laloba Ranch Art Center, Steamboat Springs, CO

 

2000 - 2001
Apprenticeship, Paw Print Pottery, Bill Wilson – Owner, Montrose, CO

Clay and glaze mixing, kiln loading and firing, kiln construction, custodial work,

show and sale preparation        

 

Workshops Taught

2018
Noel Bailey Ceramics – Mini Workshop Series, Waitsfield, VT

Part 1: Personality, Line, and Shape:  expression through linear stamp impression

Part 2: Throwing Tune up: in-depth investigation into foundational techniques

Part 3: Subtraction and Assembly: Trimming, Altering, Adding, Finishing

Part 4: Essential Glaze Composition and Spray Application  

 

2016
Sawmill Pottery – Classes, Gallery, Workshops, Putnam, CT

Unify – a workshop on throwing and handbuilding integration

 

2015
The Mud Studio – Community Clay Center,  Middlesex VT

Glaze spraying and application workshop

2007
City of Westminster Recreation Center – Pottery Studio, Westminster, CO

One day advanced throwing and altering

 

2003
Cedar Valley Community College, Dallas, TX

One day workshop presentation



Selected Exhibitions

2018
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Kevin Lehman’s Pottery, Lancaster, PA. Juror: Ben Carter

Ceramics Invitational, Abel Contemporary, Paoli, WI

Exquisite Form, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

Yunomi Invitational, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

Soul-Full Cup, Rivers Studio and Gallery, Harpers Ferry, WV

Worcester Pottery Invitational, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA

La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

Steinfest, Claymakers Gallery, Durham, NC

Cup: The Intimate Object XIV, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainsville, FL

2017
Yunomi Invitational, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

Cup: The Intimate Object XIII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

Steinfest, Claymakers Gallery, Durham, NC

Featured Artist, In Tandem Gallery, Bakersville, NC

Illinois Unearthed, Colorado Mesa University Gallery, Grand Junction, CO

2016
Cup: The Intimate Object XII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

Noel Bailey, Sawmill Pottery, Putman, CT

Earth to Table, Court House Cultural Center, Stuart, FL

2015
Yunomi Invitational, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA

Let There Be Light, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL

Featured Artist, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL

Strictly Functional Pottery National, Kevin Lehman’s Pottery, Lancaster, PA. Juror: Matt Long

Cup: The Intimate Object XI, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

Featured Artist, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC

 

2014
Let There Be Light, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL

Cup: The Intimate Object X, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Fl

 

2013
Animal/Mineral, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

Elements – Dinner Place Settings, Mariani Gallery, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Western Slope Tea Bowl, Rye Gallery, Fruita, CO

 

2012
Cup: The Intimate Object VIII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA. Juror: Jack Troy

The Perfect Plate, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL, Juror: Sandy Simon

Coffee, Tea, or? Terra Incognito Juried Show, Oak Park, IL. Juror: David Toan

Cups and Coffee, Watershed Juried Cup Show, Seattle, WA. Juror: Dylan Beck

Geomimicry, MFA Thesis Exhibition, University Museum, Carbondale, IL

 

2008
Contemporary Clay, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO

 

2005
Out of the Fire, Madison and Main Gallery, Greeley, CO

UNC Student Juried Exhibition, Mariani Art Gallery, Greeley, CO

 

2004
Forms of Erosion – Noel Bailey, Recent Work, The Oak Room, Greeley, CO

The Gaila: Visual Art Invitational, The Tointon Gallery, Greeley, CO

Research Day – Works in Relation to Research, University of Northern

Colorado, Greeley, CO

 

2003
From the Other Side, Artists on Santa Fe Gallery, Denver, CO

UNC Student Juried Exhibition, Mariani Art Gallery, Greeley, CO

Laloba Ranch Faculty Invitational, Gallery 504, San Diego, CA

Solo Show of Recent Work, Cedar Valley Community College, Dallas, TX

 

Awards

2015
Gold Award, Alumni Category, Art Over Easy 11, Juror: Rusty Freeman, Suplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL

2013
Juror’s Award, Elements - Dinner Place Settings, Juror: Lorna Meaden, Mariani Gallery, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

2012
Purchase Award, Strictly Functional Pottery National, Juror: Jack Troy, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA

2010
Third Place, Student Category, Art Over Easy, Juror: Paul Krainak, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, IL

2008
Honorable Mention, Contemporary Clay, Jurors: Tom and Elaine Coleman, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO

2006
Juror’s Selection, Contemporary Clay, Jurors: Tom Collins and Brian Yancy, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO

2005
Best in Sculpture, UNC Student Juried Exhibition, Mariani Art Gallery, Greeley, CO

2005
Angie Southard Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts, University of

Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

2003
Dean’s Award, UNC Student Juried Exhibition, Mariani Art Gallery, Greeley,

CO

2003
Departmental Scholar, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

2000
Outstanding Clay Artist, Montrose High School, Montrose, CO





Publications/Media

2017
Artist Profile: Noel Bailey, by Carol McDermott, Montrose Daily Press, 5/12/18, page A10

Noel Bailey: Inspired by Nature, by Andrew Buck, Ceramics Monthly, Magazine, December, pages 38 – 40

Monthly Method, Noel Bailey: Introducing Variation, Andrew Buck, Ceramics Monthly, December, pages 41 – 43

Geil Kilns Ad, featured artist, Ceramics Monthly, December Issue

2016
The Artists of Frog Hollow – Noel Bailey, Video, Produced and Directed by Elizabeth Rossano, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=adzOiDjd_bs

2015
A Potter’s Business Story, The Potter’s Cast, Podcast, November 2015
 

2009
The MFA Factor, Ceramics Monthly, Magazine, October 2009 Issue                                  

 

Certifications  

2012
Wilderness First Responder, First Lead LLC, Telluride, CO

2009
Colorado Department of Education, Teacher Licensure, K-12 Art

2008
Avalanche Level I, San Juan Outdoor School, Telluride, CO



Organizations

2015 - 2016
NCECA (National Convention on the Education for the Ceramic Arts)

2015
NCECA Student Critique Mentor

2000 - 2011
NCECA

2010 - 2012
Vice President of Southern Clay Works

2010 - 2012
President of Southern Illinois Whitewater Kayak Club

2002 - 2004
President of University of Northern Colorado Clay Club




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