Pots define a volume and the space (inside) is as important as its outside shape. The walls of a pot are relatively thin, dividing inside from outside. This thin wall or "skin" of clay has interested me for several years because it responds readily to my touch. I often manipulate this clay skin to give gesture to a form and to activate the space it contains .
More recently, I have been dividing the rims of my pots giving the illusion of nesting: one form inside another. Some works are split near the upper rim, while others are divided much lower. Glazing enhances the appearance of being separate forms and this dynamic relationship creates interest.
In addition to its visual appearance, tactile qualities of texture, weight, and balance are important in my utilitarian work. Our sense of touch plays a vital role in our perception of pots because our fingers communicate feelings that the eye alone cannot.
Making pots is challenging. I strive to produce work that is visually stimulating, tactually rewarding, and enrich life.
LEE REXRODE ADDRESS: 5520 Briarcliff Drive, Edinboro, PA 16412 TELEPHONE: (814) 734-5978 EDUCATION: 1982 M.F.A.. in Ceramics. R.I.T., Rochester, NY 1978 B.A.. in Printmaking. Indiana Univ of PA, Indiana, PA TEACHING EXPERIENCE: 1990 to Associate Professor of Ceramics. Edinboro present University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA 1982-1982-90 Instructor, Department Head of Ceramics. Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: 1995 N.C.E.C.A. 1995 Clay National Jurled show that will travel for two years throughout the U.S. beginning at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum. 3rd Annual Teapot Exhibition. National Invitational at the Craft Alliance Gallery. St. Louis, MO 1994 Extravagant Teapots. National Invitational at the Nancy Margolis Gallery, 21ST Street, New York City The Cup. National Invitational at the Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Tabletop Concepts 94. National Invitational at The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. 19q3 Clay Out West. National Invitational. Laramie County Community College. Cheyenne, Wyoming. Functional Ceramics 1993. National Invitational at the Wayne Center for the Arts. Wooster, Ohio. Tea Party. American Craft Museum. Juried National Fund-raiser exhibition. New York, New York. WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES: 1995 American Ceramic Society. Los Angeles, CA Arrowmont School of Crafts. Gatlinburg, TN Ohio Designer Craftsmen. Columbus, Ohio 1994 92nd Street Y. New York City. 1993 Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN Ohio State, Columbus Ohio Toledo Potter s Guild, Toledo, Ohio GRANTS: 1995 Individual Fellowship. PA Council for the Arts, Harrisburg, PA. 1985,87,89,90 Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grant. Boston, MA SELECTED PUBLICATIONS 1994 Illustration of Teapot, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, February, 1994 p. 20. 1992 "Emerging Talent", Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Nov. 1992, pp. 38-43. 1989 "Thoughts on Function", Ceramics Monthly Magazine, March 1989, pp. 37-42.
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