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Artist: Perry Haas

Artist: Perry Haas
Perry Haas, MONTANA
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I have developed my forms by the influence of human shapes and inspiration of the nature that surrounds me. Both function and form is deeply considered while choosing to fire my work in an atmospheric wood firing process. The firing method of wood kilns has captured my interest because of its ability to record the symbolic elements of the fire and clay relationship. A minimalist approach to the glazing process allows the ware to form a reflection of textured skin, a combination between humanity and the movement of the landscape.

My work has been greatly affected by my examination of this process, now allowing the mark of the rib to present itself in a more natural stroke as well as letting the form go off centre and become unbalanced. I concentrate on many common pottery forms, but have an historical approach to them. Having studied in Korea and China my background knowledge of the Asian tradition is evident in my work. Teapots, tea ware and how they hold such a strong relationship and ceremony between the pot and the user have become a passion for me.

My current work is focused on how to express pressure and force. I have been concentrating on large-scale platters that are expressing movement horizontally across the surface, allowing for cracks and fissures to occur. This comes from a geological approach in my inspiration, resembling folds in the earth’s crust, to the thrusts of pressure coming from within the earth. This series is mainly firebox driven, allowing the embers to cover the platters in different temperature ranges and producing varied natural clay colours. Placing work in the firebox comes with being able to physically let go, allowing the kiln to take control of the final result. Unpredictability in successful outcomes is the nature of this process, along with knowing that it has a higher risk of failure. It is a game of chance and time that I enjoy.

BFA Ceramics, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Apprenticeship, South Korea, Artist Hun Chung Lee
Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China, International Student Exchange
Waubonsee Community Collage, Sugar Grove, IL

Holiday Sale, Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT
Its Only Clay National Exhibition, Bemidji Community Art Center, Bemidji, MN
Un-Wedged 2012, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA
The DeLuce Clay National, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
Last Call, St.Petersburg Clay Company, St.Petersburg, FL
Flash Point, Plinth Gallery, CO
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA
Three Cups, Durango Art Center, Durango, CO
Cafecito, Cafe Hey, Tampa, FL
22nd Annual Teapot Show, A. Houberbocken, Cudahy, WI
3rd Annual National Juried Cup Exhibition, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
Holiday Sale, Clay Studio of Missoula, MT
Red Lodge Clay Center Juried National, Red Lodge, MT
Bowls, Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT
Tea Bowl National, KC Clay Guild, Kansas City, MO
Yunomi, Greenwich House Pottery, NEw York, NY
Visions In Clay, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA
Dinning In, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
From the Ground Up, Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, AZ
College Clay Collective, Genesee Center for the Arts, New York, NY
Atmospheric Fired 2011, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
ICMEA Emerging Artist, Fuping, China
Feat of Clay, Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, Lincoln, CA
College Clay Collective, Genesee Pottery, Rochester, NY
10th Annual National Juried Cup Show, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Pour, Terra Incognito Studios, La Grange, IL
NCECA Biennial, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ
NCECA Regional Student Juried Exhibition, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ
International Cup, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT
15th Annual Nellie Allen Smith Juried Pottery, Cape Fear Studios, Fayetteville, NC
Clay3 National, ClaySpace, Warrenville, IL
Carbondale Clay National V, Carbonadle Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
Strictly Functional Potter National, Markent House Craft Ceneter, East Petersburg, PA
The Art of Tea, Studio 300, Rockville, MD
National Juried Cup Exhibition, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

Long Term Wood Fire Artist in Residence, Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT
Teaching experience, Wod Fire Class
Help Build Reduction Kiln, Clay Studio of Missoula
Poured Concreat Pad, and built 3 wood sheds for anagama kiln, Clay Studio of Missoula
Long Term Wood Fire Artist in Residence, Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT
Teaching experience, Wood Fire Class

Honorable Mention for Functional Ceramics, Las Cruces, NM
Honorable Mention, Flash Point, Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO
Best of Show, Carbondale Clay National, Carbondale, CO
NCECA Biennial Purchase Award, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ

Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute Art Gallery, Jingdezhen, Jianxi P. R. China ICME, China

Wood Fire Workshop, Clay West, Las Vegas, NV

The Log Book, February Issue
Wood Fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists
Ceramics Monthly, Up Front
"NCECA Student Show", Clay Times, Photo


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