This year we are super excited to introduce our visiting ceramics artist!!!
Brett Freund investigates patterns of aesthetics and symbols in order to produce a mash-up of form and imagery by exploring the decorative nature of the highbrow and surplus of popular culture.
His work reflects on definitions of preciousness and value. How does an object qualify itself as being important? Is it rare like a diamond? Does it take time to grow like a crystal or is it a symbol that references a status or identity?
Brett received his MFA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and was awarded the Lormina Salter Fellowship from Baltimore Clayworks. He exhibits nationally in the United States and was chosen as 2012 Emergency Artist by Ceramics Monthly.
In this years symposium he will demonstrate his methods for building porcelain crystal clusters with a scoreless attaching slip. How to utilize mason stains to create vibrant surfaces as well as sharing his technique for sketching in clay. He will also discuss growing borax crystals onto the sides of his ceramic sculptures.