Kevin Snipes

Urban Ceramics

July 10th – 14th, 2017

This class will challenge you to consider the ceramic object as a vessel for storytelling. We will explore greenware ceramic surface decoration. Using porcelain, participants will create meaningful three dimension canvases by means of throwing or hand building techniques.

An important component of this workshop will be drawing on these canvases using the traditional techniques of mishima, sgraffito, and underglaze decoration. But we will specifically use these techniques in nontraditional ways, exploring pop culture, contemporary life, narrative and art.

Both forming methods and the use of surface techniques to produce intricate, layered surfaces will be demonstrated. Discussions on formal design, historical and contemporary references and meaning will be encouraged.

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Kevin Snipes was born in Philadelphia, but grew up mostly in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. After leaving grad school at the University of Florida in 2003 Kevin has led a seemingly nomadic artistic life, constantly making making no matter where he is.

Kevin has participated in several artist residency programs, including the Clay Studio, in Philadelphia and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, in New Castle, Maine and received a Taunt Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana 2008. Exhibiting both nationally and internationally, including a recent solo exhibition at the Society of Arts and Craft, Boston; Akar, Iowa City and Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis. Kevin has exhibited as far away as Jingdezhen, China. Kevin combines his love of constructing unconventional pottery with an obsessive need to draw on everything that he produces, creating a uniquely dynamic body of work. He currently resides in Chicago, IL.