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16ExhibitionMay4-June302013PublicPresentation7p.m.May232013WorkshopSearchingForSimplicity-MakingtheQuietestPotswiththeLoudestVoicestakesplace9a.m.-4p.m.May24-262013AbouttheWorkshopThisworkshopwillbeademonstrationhands-onformatwheretheartistandparticipantswilltravelonanexplorationofwheelthrownpotmakingfocusingonmethodsthatwillcreateaclearorganicandlooseaesthetic.Discussionwillincludetheideasofthequietandthesubtleinfunctionalpotterywithformarticulationpointingatsimplebutstrongpots.Theartistwillalsosharehisexperiencewithmakingalifeandlivingfromsharinghispotswithothers.AbouttheArtistRobertBriscoewasborninKansasCityKansasin1947andhasworkedasastudiopottersince1967.HeapprenticedwithfunctionalpotterJamesVandergriffinZarahKS1967-68andlaterreceivedaBachelorofScienceineconomicsfromKansasStateUniversity1980.BriscoewasafoundingmemberoftheUpperSt.CroixValleyPotteryTournowanannualdestinationforcollectorsnationwideandremainsoneoftheeventsprincipalorganizers.HehasreceivedawardsincludingaMcKnightArtistFellowship2001and2007andagrantfromtheJeromeFoundation1987.Briscoehaslecturedandconductedceramicsworkshopsacrossthecountry.HisworkhasbeenfeaturedinCeramicsMonthlyAmericanCraftandTheArtofContemporaryPottery.HeisrepresentedinpubliccollectionssuchastheSmithsonianAmericanArtMuseumsRenwickGalleryWashingtonD.C.theWeismanArtMuseumUniversityofMinnesotaMinneapolisMNArizonaStateUniversityArtMuseumTempeAZandnumerousprivatecollectionsaroundtheworld.Helivesandworkson31acresofwoodsandfieldsinHarrisMinnesota.AbouttheArtistsWorkPreparingandservingfoodtofamilyandfriendsremainsoneofthelasttrueritualsinthemodernage.Formorethan40yearsRobertBriscoesfunctionalpotteryhasexploredthepowerfullinkbetweenmakeranduserbyemphasizingtheintegralrolethathandmadeceramicobjectsplayinsavoringsomeoflifesrichestexperiences.Withinthistime-honoredtraditionfunctionisparamountandcrafttrulymattersanditistotheseusefulhonestendsthatBriscoeaspires.Hisgenerouslyproportionedwheelthrownstonewarepotsreflectaquietsimplicitytheirstrengthderivedthroughnuancesubtleexpressionandunhindereduse.Hisceramicformsarespareoftenasymmetricalwithheavytexturesandweightybases.RimsandattachmentssuchaslipshandlesandknobsaresubstantiallyshapedwitharoundedthicknessthatinvitestheviewertosipfromandcookinBriscoesworks.Althoughuncomplicatedbydecorationamutedpaletteofwhitehoneyrustandolivegreenashglazesintegrateformandsurfaceandfurtherenliventhework.RobertBriscoeWalterGropiusMasterArtistSeriesPresentsRobertBriscoeGoldFlutedJar2012.Reduction-firedstoneware.Woodashglazewithslips6.5x5x5.Imagecourtesyoftheartist.