Artist: Randy Schutt
Randy Schutt, MINNESOTA
My work explores the physical and metaphorical structures of transformation through the intersection of meditation and ceramics. These practices demand being grounded, centered, and still. Developing mastery takes repeating the same actions. This ritual process forms the core of these practices, yet is in danger of being lost in our fast paced culture.
This combination of meditation and ceramics processes leads to a symbolic interior space where inner development unfolds. A door presents a question, mystery, and a call to journey inward. Behind the door is a place to pause, reflect, and commune. My hope is that the user/viewer will use my work to seek answers to questions, overcome life's obstacles, bathe in the mystery, and find peace.
Randy Schutt is an educator and artist living in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has been teaching, studying, and practicing Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Ceramics since 2000. As his study progressed he noticed an overlap of principles which he now uses to guide the conceptual side of his work. Schutt's pieces push the boundaries of functional pottery and encourages play, exploration, and contemplation.
College of St. Catherine 2002. Masters of Art Education Emphasis: Multiple Intelligence, Art Therapy, and how music affects art.
College of Visual Arts 1998, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting. Other focuses: sculpture and design.
Wayzata High School 1994, Classes in Advanced Placement Art. Drawing One teaching assistant.
Visual Arts Teacher 1999-Present SPPS, Creative Arts Secondary School, St. Paul, MN. Chair of the Art Department Leadership and Equity Team member Teach beginning and advanced placement drawing, painting, and ceramics classes. Work with faculty to develop a strong arts magnet school. Designed, built, and manage professional gallery. Lead school events and fundraisers. Organize art contests throughout the year. Develop curriculum for school and district. Train student teachers from local Universities. 10+ Mentees Mentor emerging teachers in the district.
Ceramics Instructor 2022 Northern Clay Center, Mpls, MN. Designed and taught ceramic course for grade school ceramic educators.
Curator 1998-2001 Ginkgo Coffeehouse, St. Paul, MN. Organized and displayed monthly professional exhibits with emerging artists.
Manager 1998-99 Pierce Art Center, Golden Valley, MN. Performed opening and closing functions for store and assisted with hiring and training.
Freelance Artist 1997-98 Atomic Props, Oakdale, MN. Performed construction and art related duties for 3-D billboards.