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Artist: Taylor Sijan


Taylor Sijan
Taylor Sijan, NEBRASKA 
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I create functional objects that entice the viewer (like a flower to a bee) to pick up, investigate, and ultimately utilize my pottery in their life. I make decorated vessels because they are not simply decorative. They demand intimate interaction and act upon their surroundings and our lives in a direct way, both as an aesthetic experience and as a useful tool. I use decoration to connect the viewer with an evocative and imaginary surface that is organized with areas of dynamically sweeping vines and leaves, geometric spaces, and layers of color to attract and draw the eye around the pot, revealing interaction between the ground, the negative space, and the form. Through these drawings, I adorn my pots with drawings of botanical symbolism and ornamentation, to enrich the surface and imbue the vessel with deeper meaning. These drawings are at times a metaphor for my own memories and experiences, or simply a symbolic reference to the density and complexity of plant life, as well as the Western medicinal folk symbolism behind herbs and flowers. 

 

Education 
2016 Bachelor of Fine Arts in 3-D Studies Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH - Graduated Summa Kum Laude - GPA: 3.97
2016 - 2017 Post-Baccalaureate in Ceramics Wichita State University Wichita, KS
2018 - 2021
(In Progress) Master of Fine Arts University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE 

Teaching Experience 
2020 Summer (forthcoming) Instructor of Record - Wheel Throwing University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE 2019 Fall Instructor of Record - 3D Design University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE 2018 Fall GTA for Eddie Dominguez - Intermediate Handbuilding University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE Fall GTA for Eddie Dominguez - 3D Design University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE 2016 - 2017 Student Instructor - Community Build-A-Bowl Empty Bowls Wichita Wichita, KS 

Professional Experience & Leadership 
2019 Vice President - Clay Club University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE 2018 Graduate Electric Kiln Technician University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE Primary Programmer - Clay Club University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE 2016 - 2018 Gallery Guard and Event Operations Ulrich Museum of Art Wichita, KS Secretary - Ceramics Guild Wichita State University Wichita, KS 2017 Student Manager of Volunteer Operations Empty Bowls Wichita Board Wichita, KS 2016 Contributing Artist, Volunteer, Instructor Empty Bowls Wichita Wichita, KS 

President - Student Metals Art Council Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH Trip Coordinator - Clay Club Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH 2015 Publicist - Clay Club Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH Secretary - Student Metals Art Council Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH 

Assistant & Intern Experience 
2019 5 days Assistant to Studio Potter Dan Finnegan St. Croix Pottery Tour St. Croix, MN 2 weeks Technical Assistant to Kenyon Hansen Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Deer Isle, ME 2018 1 week Assistant to Studio Potter John Cohorst SAW Studio Carbondale, CO 2017 2 days Workshop Assistant to Artist Todd Hayes Wichita State University Wichita, KS 

1 day Set Up Assistant Dallas Pottery Invitational Dallas, TX 3 months Assistant to Studio Potter Brenda Lichman Wichita, KS 2016 4 months Intern for Studio Potter Andrew Gilliatt Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH 2015 4 months Intern for Sculptor John Balistreri Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH 

Residencies 
2017 - 2018 Artist in Residence / Administrative Assistant Wichita State University - Ceramics Wichita, KS 

Speaking Engagements & Demonstrations 
2019 Demonstration - Layered Surfaces on Clay Sheldon Museum of Art Lincoln, NE 
Lecture - Shining Light on Photo Editing 2019 NCECA Conference Minneapolis, MN Lecture - Shining Light on Photo Editing University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE 2017 Demonstration - Throwing Open Streets ICT Community Event Wichita, KS 
2016 Lecture - Post-Baccalaureate Artist Talk Wichita State University Wichita, KS 2010 Lecture - Artist Talk Port Clinton Artists' Club Port Clinton, OH 


Exhibitions Coordinated, Curated & Juried 
2020 (forthcoming) Coordinator - UNL Graduate Exhibition Turbine Flats Gallery Lincoln, NE 2019 Coordinator - C3: Cultivating Ceramic Collaboration Lux Center for the Arts Lincoln, NE Coordinator - Indelible Sink Salon Studio Lincoln, NE 2016 Juror - Forging Ahead Bowling Green Public Library Bowling Green, OH 

Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions 
2020 (forthcoming) Solo: Panacea Sink Salon Studio Lincoln, NE 2019 Two-person: Flora & Fauna In Tandem Gallery Bakersville, NC 

Group Exhibitions (* denotes juried exhibition) 

2019 Gifted Lux Center for the Arts Lincoln, NE 

Breath from Afar Taoxichuan Art Center Jingdezhen, China * Strictly Functional Lancaster Creative Factory Lancaster, PA Faculty and Assistant Exhibition Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Deer Isle, ME Indelible Sink Salon Studio Lincoln, NE * Off Center: 3rd Annual International Ceramic Art Show Blue Line Arts Roseville, CA * Small Favors The Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA First-Hand Northwestern University of Missouri Maryville, MO 2018 MEDICI 25th Anniversary Exhibition Eisentrager-Howard Gallery Lincoln, NE Gifted: Annual Winter Show Lux Center for the Arts Lincoln, NE VAP Annual Exhibition University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE Wichita National 2018 Ceramic Invitational Reuben Saunders Gallery Wichita, KS * Thrown and Altered Clay Arts Vegas Las Vegas, NV * Last Call III Companion Gallery Humboldt, TN * 6th Central Time Ceramics Exhibition Bradley University Galleries Peoria, IL * 11th International Texas Teapot Tournament TEAplusART Gallery Houston, TX 2017 Perception and Process City Arts Wichita, KS * Mug Shots Lux Center for the Arts Lincoln, NE Wichita National 2017 Ceramic Invitational Reuben Saunders Gallery Wichita, KS * Cup: the Intimate Object XIII Charlie Cummings Gallery Apex, NC * Wichita National All Media Exhibition Mark Arts Wichita, KS * Serve It Up Clay Arts Vegas Las Vegas, NV * First Annual Dog's Eye Gallery Mug Show Dog's Eye Gallery San Marcos, TX. * Off Center: International Ceramic Art Show Blue Line Arts Roseville, CA * Purposeful Pottery Blue Line Arts Roseville, CA * Images on Clay Clay Arts Vegas Las Vegas, NV * 7th Annual Art & Earth Exhibition Berkeley Art Works Martinsburg, WV 2016 Empty Bowls Wichita Invitational Exhibition Reuben Saunders Gallery Wichita, KS * KACA Material Mastery Exhibition Regier Friesen Gallery Hesston, KS Things Could Get Messy Reuben Saunders Gallery Wichita, KS Spring Woodfire Exhibition Gustin Gallery South Dartmouth, MA * Art from the Heartland Indianapolis Art Center Indianapolis, IN * Ohio Designer Craftsmen Best of 2016 Ohio Craft Museum Columbus, OH BFA Thesis Exhibition Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH * NICHE Awards Finalist Exhibition American Made Show Baltimore, MD 2015 * 8th Annual Gulf Coast State Cup Show Amelia Center Gallery Panama City, FL 

* Contents May Vary Pewabic Detroit, MI * Northwest Ohio Community Art Exhibition Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH 

Awards & Scholarships 
2019 Best Use of Color, Strictly Functional Amaco, Lancaster Creative Factory Lancaster, PA 

NCECA Invitation to Taoxichuan Fall Art Fair JAEA International Arts Centre Jingdezhen, China H-L Graduate Student Student (Domestic) Grant University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE H-L Graduate Student Creative Activity Grant University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE Matthias Lloyd Spiegel Scholarship Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Deer Isle, ME 2018 -2019 Edgren Fellowship University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE Kimmel Fellowship University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE Hixson-Lied Fellowship University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE 2018 Hixson-Lied Graduate Student Presentation Grant University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE Arts and Design Advocates Grant Arts and Design Advocates Wichita, KS Anderson Ranch Scholarship Anderson Ranch Snowmass, CO 2016 Athena Society Regional Artist Grant Athena Art Society Toledo, OH 

NICHE Award for Student - Ceramic Sculpture NICHE Magazine Baltimore, MD Medici Circle Grant Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH 2015 Junior BFA Talent Award (2015-2016) Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH Honorable Mention in Ceramics Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH 

Publications 
2019 Ceramics Monthly: “Exposure”; Ceramics Monthly, November 2019, p.13 (photo and text) 

NCECA Journal 2019: “Shining Light on Photo Editing”; NCECA, 2019, p. 169-171 (photos and text) 2016 Ceramic Arts Yearbook 2017: "2016 NICHE Awards"; Ceramics Monthly, 2017, p. 47 (photos) 

Collections 
Taoxichuan Art Center, Jingdezhen, China


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