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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

My work is based around function and utility. I have always found pleasure in using handmade objects, whether it be a ceramic cup, sketchbook, or tool. Through my work, I strive to share the love that I have with others. I believe that using handmade objects feeds your soul, and can take an ordinary experience and create something extraordinary out of it. I create objects that are to be used on a day to day basis, and make every day intriguing.

The work that I create it primarily wheel thrown and altered. After the pots have had time to set up, they are turned and clay is subtracted to form edges and plains. These pots are fired in atmospheric kilns. After strategically placing the work in each kiln pack, it is left to the path of the flame in collaboration with myself to decide what is painted onto the surfaces of the wares. During the process of the firing, the flame flows through the chamber, carrying either soda vapors, or wood ash, which interacts with the pots. Some pots are gently kissed by the atmosphere, and some bombarded. This method of firing creates works that are never alike and communicate the spontaneous marks of fire. This process creates new excitement with each firing, and keeps me coming back for more.

Working in the Midwest, my work is inspired by both the landscapes and patterns that out natural world produces. The Midwest holds many flat landscapes, which can create different patterns. Generally, rows of crops can be seen in the summer, and snowdrifts in the winter. In the St. Croix River Valley, great rivers and tributaries flow with confidence. These water ways can create patterns as well, both in the sand beneath the water, as well as the movement of the water itself. The way that snow drifts, and the ways that water moves so fluidly, relate back to the way fire moves. Through this flame pattern, and strategic placement of the wares in the kiln, patterns of nature are revealed. The work shows this movement of the flame on the different plains created in the making process, which reveal patterns of our natural world.

 

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

2018-2017 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

2018-2016 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

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

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 Exhibitions

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

2018 Santangelo Gallery Artist, Thomas, VA
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
2017 Artreach St. Croix Holiday Sale, Stillwater, MN
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