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Artist: Samantha Hostert


Artist: Samantha Hostert
Samantha Hostert, ILLINOIS
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I strive to make functional, comfortable pots, crafting an interactive artwork I hope becomes an intimate part of your daily ritual. The juxtaposition between order and chaos are the driving forces behind the design of my work. I am inspired by people seeking spontaneity within structured systems and the longing for moments of exhilaration within a day of monotony.  I strive to capture dualities in my surface design, whether through the balance of carved line and glaze, the unpredictable effect of soda firing on detailed drawings, or layers of terra sigillata, underglaze, and other elements that reveal new depth and complexity. I hope these aesthetic choices add magic and joy to the functionality of my pots in your daily rituals.

EDUCATION

DePaul University 2007
Master’s of Education

Santa Clara University 2004
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Minor in Art History

Syracuse University in Florence, Italy 2002-2003
Studio Art Program

GROUP EXHIBITIONS and JURIED SHOWS

2018 UPCOMING Featured Artist at Lillstreet Gallery, August 2018, Chicago, IL 

2018
AKAR Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, IA
Last Call III, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN
Twin Cups National Exhibition, MWSU Clay Guild, St. Joseph, MO
NCECA Expo, Lillstreet Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA


2017
Containers, Three Wheel Studio, Providence, RI
Holiday Show, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
Cup: The Intimate Object XIII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
NCECA Expo, Lillstreet Gallery, Portland, OR
AKAR Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, IA
Flourish, Lillstreet Faculty Ceramics Showcase, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL
Last Call II, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN
Cups for Y'All, Asher Gallery, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, TX
Mugshotmonday, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL


2016
Half Empty Half Full: Annual Three Wheel Studio Ceramic Show, Providence, RI (Best in Show)
Ninth Annual Cup Show: Form and Function, Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL
4th Annual Cup Show, Studio 550, Manchester, NH
Lillstreet Holiday Show, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL

2015
Use It, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL and Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Decatur, IL
Handmade Holidays, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL

2014
Missoula International Cup, The Clay Studio, Missoula, MT

2013
Starbrick National Cup Show, Starbrick Gallery, Nelsonville, OH
Annual Cup Show, Studio 550, Manchester, NH
Best Served Hot, the Art of the Coffee Ritual, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL
Student Member Show, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012
Pour, Terra Incognito Studios, Oak Park, IL
Resurrection, Dispatch Gallery, Chicago, IL
Containment, Dispatch Gallery, Chicago, IL
Student Member Show, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL

2011
Coffee, Tea, or….?, Terra Incognito Studios, Oak Park, IL
Stream of Consciousness, Dispatch Gallery, Chicago, IL
BEAST, Dispatch Gallery, Chicago, IL
Student Member Show, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Lillstreet Art Center 2011 – present
• Ceramics Instructor – teach classes in soda firing and wheel throwing
• Soda Program Monitor – fire Lillstreet’s soda kiln, make slips and other necessary supplies

Lillstreet Ignite 2013 – 2016
• Program Director (2014 – 2016)
Develop and facilitate custom arts based professional development workshops for business teams
Teaching artist for custom arts based professional development workshops for business teams

Lincoln-Way High School District 210 2007 – 2014
• Full time teacher in Ceramics, Photography, Animation, Graphic Design, Art Fundamentals, and Art History


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