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GAIR, STUART
GAIR, STUART
NEBRASKA
The functional vessels I make are for use and display. It is of the utmost importance that each piece not only performs its intended function, but also acts as an object of beauty and intrigue when not in use. Formal considerations are a result of an in depth exploration of historical objects such as Buncheong era wares from the Joseon Dynasty in Korea and Chinese ceramics from the Song Dynasty. Additionally,

inspiration in form is drawn from mid-twentieth century Scandinavian, American, and British pots. I draw comparisons between these historical genres. I also glean inspiration from the everyday objects that surround me. I evaluate the attributes I am drawn to and incorporate them into my work. Particular attention is given to the way in which objects sit on a surface, as well as to silhouette, curve, buoyancy, balance, volume, proportion, and substantiality. It is these attributes that result in a piece that creates a substantial presence in an environment.

Display is a prominent factor in the work. The pots are designed to be displayed for visual enjoyment and contemplation when not in use, and to enhance food or
flowers when the two are in unison. I have an admiration for the mid-century design aesthetic that promotes purity of form, attention to detail, refined craftsmanship, and careful, clean staging of domestic spaces. A vessel can completely change the
landscape of a space when its proportions are exact, form and surface are in harmony, and placement is meticulous. A good pot can be both a centerpiece to its
space and also speak quietly to its viewer.

In order to create a sense of depth in the work I layer texture and color. Additionally, the firing process is used to accentuate particular areas of each piece
and encourage its viewer to explore. The colors I choose from the natural landscape are a response to the ways in which I feel when I see them. By using these colors in subtle ways, I strive to create a calm and quiet feeling when interaction takes place with the vessel. The textures themselves are not only a way to create depth but also reflect my interest in particular architectural line and dot patterns that make me stop and look.

My background in the study of History provides me with insight about my own work in reference to larger historical context. I find it deeply satisfying to create objects that are used for both display and use in the domestic setting. The ideas of continuity and progress throughout time fascinate me and inspire my evolving
aesthetic.

Education

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, Master of Fine Arts- Ceramics, present
Clay Club President, 2015-2016

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, August 2013 – June 2013
Post-Baccalaureate

Ohio University, Athens, OH, College of Fine Arts, January 2013 – June 2013
Post-Baccalaureate

John Carroll University, University Heights, OH, College of Arts and Sciences, June 2012 – December 2012
M.Ed. Program

Ohio University, Athens, OH, College of Arts and Sciences, June 2012
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences- History

Awards/Grants
Warren Mackenzie Advancement Award, Northern Clay Center, May 2015

Exhibitions

Domestic Design, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL May 2016

The Clay Studio National, Reed and Smith Galleries, The Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA, May 2016

Best of Ohio 2016 Exhibition, Ohio Craft Museum, Southern Ohio Museum, Mansfield Art Center, Columbus, OH, May 2016

Yunomi Invitational 2016, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA, May 2016

Objecthood, Prescott Gallery, Lincoln, NE, March 2016

Across the Table, Across the Land, NCECA, Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO, March 2016

The Heartland Table, NCECA, Tom’s Town Distillery, Kansas City, MO, March 2016

2016 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO, 2016

La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Exhibition, Kansas City, MO, March 2016

The Clay Studio: 100 Cups, NCECA Exhibition, Kansas City, MO, March, 2016.

Lillstreet Art Center NCECA Invitational, Kansas City, MO, March 2016

Medici Invitational, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, Lincoln, NE, February 2106


Beyond the Brickyard, Archie Bray Foundation, Bray North Gallery, Helena, MT, January, 2016

Let There Be Light, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL, November 2015

Wrappable, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE, November 2015

Cup Show Invitational, Studio 550 Art Center, Manchester, NH, November 2015

Artisan Showcase: The Materials Collection, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE, November 2015

Thrown and Built, Gallery of Art and Design-Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE, October 2015

Fresh Perspectives, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH, September 2015

Selections From UNL Ceramic Graduates, Gallery of Art and Design-Metropolitan Community College, October 2015

Salad Days, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME, July 2015

Watershed Invitational, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME, July 2015

For You For Me, Prescott Gallery, Lincoln, NE, May 2015

Best of 2015 Exhibition, Ohio Craft Museum, Southern Ohio Museum, Mansfield Art Center, Columbus, OH, May 2015

2015 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, Sol Koffler Gallery, Aardvark Purchase Award, Providence, RI, March 2015

Salad Days Alumni Exhibition, NCECA, New Bedford Art Museum, Providence, RI, March 2015

The Enigmatic Table, Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln, NE, March 2015

La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Exhibition, Providence, RI, March 2015

Selections from UNL Hixon-Lied Graduates, Prescott Gallery, Lincoln, NE, March 2015

An Exploration of Placement, solo exhibition, Medici Gallery, Lincoln, NE, February 2015

Recent Work 2015, solo exhibition, Rocketship Gallery, Lincoln, NE, February 2015

Functional Ceramics 2015, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH, February 2015

Winter Exhibition 2014, Prescott Gallery, Lincoln, NE, December 2014

Wrappable: Art for Giving, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE, December 2014

Holiday Exhibition 2014, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH, December 2014

Holiday Exhibition: Selections from UNL Graduates, Gallery 9, Lincoln, NE, January 2015

Seventh Annual Cup Show: Form and Function, Amelia Center Main Gallery, Panama City, FL, February 2014

Red Clay, Rall Art Gallery, Crete, NE, October 2014

Carbondale Clay Center Cup Auction, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO, October 2014

Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, OH, October 2014

Making History, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, Lincoln, NE, December 2014

Material Presence, Prescott Gallery, Lincoln NE, November 2014

Plate: A Celebration, Mudfire Gallery, Atlanta, GA, November 2014

NASAD Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, Lincoln, NE, October 2014

Best of 2014 Exhibition, Ohio Craft Museum, Phyllis Clark Award for Ceramics, Columbus, OH, June 2014

Shapes of Influence, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Illinois, July 2014

Best of 2014, Wassenberg Art Center, Van Wert, OH, August 2014

Selections from the Best of 2014, The French Art Colony, Gallipolis, OH, September 2014

Winterfest 2014, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore Maryland, November 2014

Watershed Summer Exhibition, Watershed Center for the Arts, Newcastle, ME, August 2014.

Contemporary Crockery- solo exhibition, Moose Gallery, Knight Fine Arts Center, Hudson, OH, August 2014

Teabowl National 2014, Kansas City Clay Guild, Kansas City, MO, September 2014

Let There Be Light, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago Illinois, November 2014


Art We Use, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens OH, June 2014

Lillstreet Gallery, NCECA Exposition, Milwaukee Wisconsin, March 2014

Medici Gallery Solo Exhibition, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
January 2014

Cube 4 Solo Exhibition, Ohio University, Athens, OH
June 2013

Juma Gallery 300 & Under, Shaker Heights, OH
November 2012 – February 2013


Bibliography

Ceramics Monthly, “2015 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition”, September 2015

Functional Ceramics Catalog, May 2015

Ceramics Monthly, exposure section, December 2014

Ceramics Monthly, exposure section, September 2014


Representation

ArtAxis, artaxis.org, 2015

Home and Closet, Lincoln, NE, 2015

Hutch Modern, Omaha, NE, 2015

Lux Art Center, Lincoln, NE 2014-2015