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Artist Bio

Growing up and living around rural Wisconsin, Casey Beck has pulled influenced found throughout the landscapes into his work. Beck creates utilitarian wares to be used on a day to day basis. These wares are high fired in soda and wood fire kilns. The atmosphere of the kilns produces patterns on the surfaces of the wares that relate to these patterns found throughout our natural world. Beck is currently a fourth-year student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in ceramics and a minor in drawing.

Contact Information

Email: CaseyBeckArt@yahoo.com

Instagram: @flacers

Artist Statement

Through my work of utilitarian pottery, I am having a continuous conversation with the kiln through my making methods and my use of materials.

The most interesting aspect of creating pottery for me is the amount of variation that ceramics as a medium can create. The materials that can be used and the various ways of firing kilns are endless. In working with this medium, I am never let down with the wealth of knowledge gained from each firing. Each of these firings tells something different, letting me know how the materials and forms of my pottery have interacted with how the kiln was fired. The atmosphere inside the kiln creates a memory of the flame moving across the surface of the piece and how it has interacted with the materials used. Sometimes this 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. These 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 am able to 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.

Utilitarian pottery serves as my vehicle for this research because it brings the beauty and spontaneity of the flame and material research into a domestic setting for daily use. The memories of the pottery can be continued not only through the physical material, but also through the spirit of each ware. The pottery shares memories of the making process with fingerprints, oddities and other marks of creation. It shares memories of the flame produced from the firing process and finally it is left to the user to continue this memory with the pottery through use.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Education

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

 

Professional Experience

2019 Organizer Cross River Connections Exhibition, The Phipps, Hudson, WI
2019-2017 Sales Gallery Associate Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2017 Assistant Sandy Simon and Robert Brady, St. Croix Pottery Tour, Shafer, MN
2017-2016 American Pottery Festival and National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts Volunteer Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

 

Leadership

2019-2016 Student Organizer Organize trips to National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Fundraising and travel grant writing assistance, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2017-2016 President Art Society, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

 

Artist-in-Residence Experience

2018 Summer Resident The Cub Creek Foundation, Appomattox, VA

 

Teaching Experience

2018-2016 Workshop Assistant Annual High School Workshop Day, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2017 Ceramics Counselor Bucks Rock Performance and Creative Arts Camp, New Milford, CT

 

Demonstrations, Lectures and Presentations

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
2017-2015 Presenter Fall Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) Gala, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
2016 Lecturer National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR): An Exploration into College Ceramics, University of North Carolina-Ashville

 

Awards

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

 

 

Select Juried Exhibitions

2019 Archie Bray Foundation Beyond the Brickyard, Helena, MT

Juror: Sunkoo Yuh

  Clay Arts Vegas The Cup Show 2019, Las Vegas, NV

Juror: Katie Bosley

2018 Studio 550 6th Annual Cup Show, Manchester, NH

Juror: Sunshine Cobb

  Gandee Gallery The Almighty Cup, Fabius, NY

Juror: DJ Hellerman

  Clay Center of New Orleans FunctionFest, New Orleans, LA

Juror: Kristen Kieffer

  Springfield Art Association Shapes of Influence, Springfield, IL

Juror: Simon Levin

  Art Students League of Denver delectable: The Fine Art of Dining, Denver, CO

Juror: Marty Fielding

  University of Wisconsin-River Falls Juried Student Exhibition

Juror: Andy DuCett

  Threadbare Cider and Mead Palliative Pour, Pittsburgh, PA

Juror: Chris Gustin

  Savannah Clay Community SIP Cup Show, Savannah, GE

Juror: Ben Carter

2017 Main Street Arts The Cup, The Mug, Clifton Springs, NY

Juror: Peter Pincus

  Mojo Coffee Gallery Mugshot1, Minneapolis, MN

Juror: Steve Hilton

  University of Wisconsin-River Falls Juried Student Exhibition

Juror: Eileen Cohen

  Savannah Clay Community SIP Cup Show, Savannah, GE

Jurors: Anthony Debrecey, Kimberly Riner, Keith Wallace Smith

  Companion Gallery Last Call II: Handmade Ceramics for Storing, Pouring, and Sipping Fine Liberations, Humbolt, TN

Juror: Jennifer Allen

2016 Savannah Clay Community SIP Cup Show, Savannah, GE

Juror: Jane Pleak

  University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska National Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition

Juror: Shoko Teruyama

  Springfield Art Association Shapes of Influence, Springfield, IL

Juror: Erin Furimsky

  Companion Gallery Irons in the Fire, Humbolt, TN

Juror: Justin Rothshank

  University of Wisconsin-River Falls Juried Student Exhibition

Juror: Rachel Merrill-Shwaller

  Bradley University Galleries 5th Central Time Ceramics Show, Peoria, IL

Juror: Verne Funk

 

Invitational and Group Exhibitions

2019 Northern Clay Center Staff Infection, Minneapolis, MN
2018 Phipps Center for the Arts Earth and Water Series Retrospective, a partnership with Northern Clay Center, 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, a partnership with Northern Clay Center, Hudson, WI

 

Professional Sales

2019-2018 Santangelo Gallery Artist, Thomas, VA
2018-2017 ArtReach St. Croix Holiday Sale, Stillwater, MN
2018-2016 Kelley Gallery Gallery Artist, Hudson, WI & Woodbury, MN
  American Craft Council St. Paul University of Wisconsin-River Falls School to Market, St. Paul, MN
  University of Wisconsin-River Falls Annual Scholarship Sale
   
   

 

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