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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 reduction cooling 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 works peddling wares in the sales gallery at Northern Clay Center 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: @flacers

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 moved 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 researching ideas of memory through making pottery. Each vessel is a catalogue 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.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Education

2019-2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts 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 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

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

2018-2015 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

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

 

 

Select Juried Exhibitions

2019 Northern Clay Center Members Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN

Jurors: Lisa Buck and Paul Briggs

  University of Wisconsin-River Falls Juried Student Exhibition

Juror: Diane Mullin

  Mojo Coffee Gallery Mugshot2, Minneapolis, MN

Juror: Diego Valles

  North Carolina Pottery Center 2019 Art of Clay National Juried Show, Seagrove, NC

Juror: Douglas Fitch

  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
  Phipps Center for the Arts Cross River Connections, Hudson, WI
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, WV
  Mainly Clay Shop Artist, Farmville, VA
2019-2016 American Craft Council St. Paul School to Market, St. Paul, MN
2018-2017 ArtReach St. Croix Holiday Sale, Stillwater, MN
2018-2016 Kelley Gallery Gallery Artist, Hudson, WI & Woodbury, MN
  University of Wisconsin-River Falls Annual Scholarship Sale