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Leisurely firing the soda kiln

 

Bio

Beck received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics at The University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the spring of 2019. During his undergraduate studies, Beck has fallen in love with atmospheric firing methods and has received numerous grants to pursue research in down-firing both wood and soda kilns, along with investigating materials within these atmospheres. Beck has shown his work locally at galleries such as The Phipps in Hudson, WI and at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN, and has been included in many national juried exhibitions. He spent the summer of 2018 as a resident artist at the Cub Creek Foundation in rural Virginia making pots and choppin’ wood. Beck currently lives in St. Paul, MN, works at Northern Clay Center, peddling wares in the sales gallery and continues to make pots and research atmospheric firing methods. He will be showing his body of work in May of 2020 at The Phipps in Hudson, WI.

Contact Information

Email: CaseyBeckArt@yahoo.com

Instagram: @beckpots

Statement

Through firing atmospheric kilns, I engage a dialogue between material, form, process and self. The final object is a record, or a memory of this dialogue and a narrative of how the flame danced across the surface of the form, interacted with the materials. Sometimes the memory will be intense with a high amount of information and contrast. On the other end of the spectrum, this memory can also be gentle and very quiet, with subtle colors and contrast. The memories are never alike and are always a spontaneous mark of the flame. Through researching materials and atmospheric firing methods I hope not to control this spontaneity, but to understand and promote it. I do this by creating planes and edges to promote movement of the flame across the pottery and by using highly reactive material compositions to encourage a buildup of information on the surface.

Recently, in my work I have begun looking deeper into what it means to make utilitarian pottery and why I do it. Of course, I love making pots, but there is more to it than just that. I have been interested in the idea of memory through making pottery. Each vessel is a catalog of the way it was touched during the green stages and how it was placed and fired in the kiln. I am interested in how this memory can be evoked and evolved through the daily use of an object and what it means to use utilitarian pottery in domestic and ritualistic settings.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Education

2019-2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Ceramics, Minor in Drawing, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

 

Professional Experience

2020-2017 Sales Gallery Associate Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2020-2019 Studio Assistant Ani Kasten, Shafer, MN
2019 Exhibition Organizer Cross River Connections Exhibition, The Phipps, Hudson, WI
2017 Assistant Sandy Simon and Robert Brady, St. Croix Pottery Tour, Shafer, MN
2017-2016 Volunteer Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

 

Leadership

2019-2016 Student Organizer Fundraising, grant writing and trips to NCECA, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2017-2016 President Art Society, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

 

Artist-in-Residence Experience

2020-2019 Resident Carleton Artist Loft, St. Paul, MN
2018 Summer Resident The Cub Creek Foundation, Appomattox, VA

 

Teaching Experience

2020-2019 Teaching Artist Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2019-2016 Instructor Annual High School Workshop Day, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2017 Instructor Ceramics Shop,Bucks Rock Performance and Creative Arts Camp, New Milford, CT

 

Demonstrations, Lectures and Presentations

2019-2015 Presenter Fall Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) Gala, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2018 Lecturer National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR): Painting with Fire, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
Demonstrator Earth and Water: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix River Valley, a partnership with Northern Clay Center, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI
2016 Lecturer National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR): An Exploration into College Ceramics, University of North Carolina-Ashville

 

Awards and Scholarships

2019 Juror’s Choice Award Mugshot2, Mojo Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2018 Best in Show The Cup Show 2019, Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
2018-2016 Juror’s Choice Award Juried Student Exhibition, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2017 Honorable Mention Mugshot1, Mojo Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Mary L. Barrett Scholarship University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2016 Mary Beasom Bishop and Francis Summer Merritt Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

 

Grant Research

2019 Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant Reduction Cooled Soda Firing, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2018 Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant Cone 6 Soda Firing, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant Experimental Woodfiring, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2017 Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant Soda Fire Clay Bodies, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

 

Invitational and Group Exhibitions

2020 Clay Akar Yunomi Invitational, Iowa City, IA (Upcoming)
Phipps Center for the Arts Exhibition, Hudson, WI (Upcoming)
Longwood Center for the Visual Arts Woodfire – NCECA, Farmville, VA (Upcoming)
Northern Clay Center February Featured Artists, Minneapolis, MN
2016 Great River Gallery Makers, Bakers & Caffeinators, St. Paul, MN
Clay Akar Americano Invitational, Iowa City, IA
Northern Clay Center Staff Infection – NCECA, Minneapolis, MN
Phipps Center for the Arts Cross River Connections – NCECA, Hudson, WI
2018 Phipps Center for the Arts Earth and Water Series Retrospective, Hudson, WI
Artreach St. Croix Close to Home, Stillwater, MN
2017 Phipps Center for the Arts Earth and Water: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix River Valley, Hudson, WI

 

Select Juried Exhibitions

2020 Companion Gallery, Last Call V, Juror: Naomi Clement, Humboldt, TN
Archie Bray Foundation Beyond the Brickyard, Juror: Chris Staley, Helena, MT
2019 Gandee Gallery The Almighty Cup, Juror: Garth Johnson, Fabius, NY
Market House Craft Center Strictly Functional Pottery National, Juror: Malcom Mobuto Smith, Lancaster, PA
Good Earth Pottery Pitcher Perfect, Juror: Deborah Schwartzkopf, Bellingham, WA
Red Lodge Clay Center Juried Clay National V, Juror: Mike Helke, Red Lodge, MT
Northern Clay Center Members Exhibition, Jurors: Lisa Buck & Paul Briggs, Minneapolis, MN
University of Wisconsin-River Falls Juried Student Exhibition, Juror: Diane Mullin
Mojo Coffee Gallery Mugshot2 – NCECA, Juror: Diego Valles, Minneapolis, MN
North Carolina Pottery Center 2019 Art of Clay National Juried Show, Juror: Douglas Fitch, Seagrove, NC
Archie Bray Foundation Beyond the Brickyard, Juror: Sunkoo Yuh, Helena, MT
Clay Arts Vegas The Cup Show 2019, Juror: Katie Bosely, Las Vegas, NV
2018 Studio 550 6th Annual Cup Show, Juror: Sunshine Cobb, Manchester, NH
Gandee Gallery The Almighty Cup, Juror: DJ Hellerman, Fabius, NY
Clay Center of New Orleans FunctionFest, Juror: Kristen Kieffer, New Orleans, LA
Springfield Art Association Shapes of Influence, Juror: Simon Levin, Springfield, IL
Art Students League of Denver delectable: The Fine Art of Dining, Juror: Marty Fielding, Denver, CO
  University of Wisconsin-River Falls Juried Student Exhibition, Juror: Andy Ducett
  Threadbare Cider and Mead Palliative Pour – NCECA, Juror: Chris Gustin, Pittsburgh, PA
  Savannah Clay Community SIP Cup Show, Juror: Den Carter, Savannah, GE
2017 Main Street Arts The Cup, The Mug, Juror: Peter Pincus, Clifton Springs, NY
  Mojo Coffee Gallery Mugshot1, Juror: Steve Hilton, Minneapolis, MN
  University of Wisconsin-River Falls Juried Student Exhibition, Juror: Eileen Cohen
  Savannah Clay Community SIP Cup Show, Jurors: Anthony Debrecey, Kimberly Riner, Keith Wallace Smith, Savannah, GE
  Companion Gallery Last Call II, Juror: Jennifer Allen, Humbolt, TN
2016 Savannah Clay Community SIP Cup Show, Juror: Jane Pleak, Savannah, GE
  University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska National Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition, Juror: Shoko Teruyama
  Springfield Art Association Shapes of Influence, Juror: Erin Furimsky, Springfield, IL
  Companion Gallery Irons in the Fire, Juror: Justin Rothshank, Humbolt, TN
  University of Wisconsin-River Falls Juried Student Exhibition, Juror: Rachel Merrill-Shwaller
  Bradley University Galleries 5th Central Time Ceramics Show, Juror: Verne Funk Peoria, IL

 

Professional Sales

2020 American Craft Council St. Paul Hip Hop, St. Paul, MN (Upcoming)
Minnetonka Center for the Arts Holiday Sale, Wayzata, MN
2020-2017 ArtReach St. Croix Holiday Sale, Stillwater, MN
2019-2016 American Craft Council St. Paul School to Market, St. Paul, MN
2018-2015 University of Wisconsin-River Falls Annual Scholarship Sale
 

Gallery Representation

2020 Clay AKAR, Gallery Artist, Iowa City, IA
2020-2019 Seasons on the St. Croix, Gallery Artist, Hudson, WI
2020-2018 Santangelo Gallery Artist, Thomas, WV
Mainly Clay Shop Artist, Farmville, VA
2018-2016

Kelley Gallery Gallery Artist, Hudson, WI & Woodbury, MN