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LEVIN, SIMON
LEVIN, SIMON
WISCONSIN

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Connection to our world and people around us is the failed promise of technology; technology alone cannot bring us closer. Touch, interaction, engagement and conversation are the inroads to intimacy. Functional pottery in the home, in the hand, can begin to forge connection between artist and user, between object and human, between process and people. I see my work as an artist is to forge deeper connections; to create interactive forms that communicate across the synapses of our compartmentalized world. My work speaks eloquently about my love, exploration and development of a hugely rich and ancient process of wood fired ceramics. I use technology as a tool to create opportunities where the intimate connection to clay can occur.

I believe that our lives are richer for being connected to our everyday objects. Artistic potters are privy to a unique and subversive role in contemporary art. Whereas much of late twentieth century art has been an attempt to merge art and life, pulling art out of galleries and bringing life scenes into the setting of the museum, the functional pot continues to hold a place in everyone's home. A cup is one of the first things we hold in the morning and often one of the last things we touch at night. When we touch our cups to our lips, it is an intimate moment. Honored by that intimate space, I hope to fill it with deep connections between user and maker, clay and fire, in an ageless exploration of emotion.

I believe in making the pots with a revelation of process. I integrate throwing lines and evidence of human touch into surface design. I do not hide attachments of handles or spouts. I seek the inherent qualities in the marks tools make and I approach each individual pot with a similar feel though the tool might differ. This revelation of process harmonizes with the choice of wood-firing. Ware from a wood kiln peaks loudly about its making. The end result is a narrative of the journey of raw clay to usable pot.

I believe clay accesses timeless forms of communication. I work to explore a universal language of utility and creation. Within my pots I seek to express a cohesive statement of emotion. Each pot holds an exploration of mood. I harmonize the foot of the pot with the rim and the handle with the spout in an attempt to create a unified work. Much of my work reflects a playful humor that pervades my life and feeds my spirit, but whatever idea I choose to explore I seek to reiterate it throughout the pot.



EDUCATION
1998
Master of Fine Art in Ceramics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
1997
Master of Art in Ceramics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
1990
Bachelors of Art, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA.

SELECTED AWARDS
2012
Fulbright Research Scholar, Tainan National University, Taiwan
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Best Hand Built, Juror Jack Troy
2010
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Best Hand Built, Juror Bill Van Gilber
2009
Strictly Functional Pottery National, 1st Place, Juror Pete Pinnell

REPRESENTATION
AKAR, Iowa City, IA
Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
The Grand Hand, St. Paul, MN
Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO
Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
Red Lodge Studio, Red Lodge, MT
Red Star Studios, Kansas City, KS
The Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor, WI

LECTURES & WORKSHOPS
2012
Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
The Art League, throwing workshop, Alexandraia, VA
Kettle Moraine Art Charter High School, Resident Artist, Wales, WI
Edina Art Center, throwing workshop, Edina, MN
2011
Marketing Panel, American Pottery Festival, Minneapolis, MN
Marketing Group Discussion, Iowa Clay Conference, Cedar Rapids, IA
Speaking Clay, Taos Clay, Toas, NM
Artisan Center Dedication, Northeast Wisconsin Technical COllege, Green Bay, WI
2010
Language of Clay, Bemidji Community Art Center, Bemidji, MN
Throwing with the End in Sight, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN
University of South Dakota Visiting Artist, Vermillion, SD
University of North Texas Visiting Artist, Denton, TX
2009
International Woodfire Symposium, Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan
Waubonsee Community College, Firing & Throwing workshop, Sugar Grove, IL
Notions on Promotion: Moderator of Panel, National Council on Ceramic Arts Education
2008
The Clay Space Juror's Lecture, Warrenville, IL
2007
Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, IA
Burnheim Forest and Art Center, Slide lecture accompanying show, Clermont, KY
The Tuesday Club, Neenah, WI
2006
Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL
University Of Northern Iowa, Ceramics Department, Cedar Falls, IA
2005
University of Missouri, Throwing demos and lecture, Columbia, MO
Cambridge Potter’s Guild, Throwing demos with Karl Borgeson, Cambridge, WI
Southern Illinois University, Anagama loading and firing, Edwardsville, IL
2004
Syracuse University, Anagama loading and firing, Syracuse, NY
Corning Community College, Wood-firing techniques, Corning, NY
Peninsula Art School, Pots for Potters, Fish Creek, WI
2003
Southern Illinois University, Kiln building, Edwardsville, IL
Syracuse University, Kiln building, Syracuse, NY
2002
Good Dirt, Throwing demos and lecture, Athens, GA
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2000-2002
Fired Earth Pottery, Throwing demos and lecture, Appleton, WI
2001
Archie Bray Foundation, Burn and Learn, workshop with Matt Kelleher, Helena, MT
2000
Walton Wood Kiln, Walton, NY
University of Wisconsin, Fox Valley, Appleton, WI
1999
Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Dallas Craft Guild, Dallas TX
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
1998
MacNider Museum, Mason City, IA
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI
Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITS
2012
Featured Artist, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
2010
Animal Primal, Vessel, The University of South Dakota Gallery, Vemillion, SD
Featured Artist, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Featured Artist, Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor, WI
2008
Featured Artist, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2004
Firing All Cylinders, The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA

EXHIBITS CURATED
2006
Home: Woodfire Interpretations, The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1999
Functional Fire: Woodfired Cup Exhibition, Iowa Artisans Gallery, Iowa City, IA
1997-1998
Container: Selections from the Mannheimer Collection, Museum of Art, University of Iowa

EXHIBIT JURIED
2010
It's Only Clay, Bemidji Community Art Center, Bemidji, MN
2008
Clay Cubed, The Clay Space, Warrenville, IL

RECENT GROUP EXHIBITS
2012
Made in Clay, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
Annual Pottery Sale, The Art School at Old Church, Demarest, NJ
30 X 5, The Dessert, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Source Material, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
White, Green, Black. Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO
Cup VIII: The Intimate Object. Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Handle with Care, Mug Show, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA
Pots at Rest, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, PA
Pots at Rest, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, PA
American Apprentice, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
25 for the 25th, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME
External Views, Surface Show, Red Star Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Functional Wood Fire, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
St. Croix River Valley Pottery Tour, National invitational, Shafer, MN
Art-Stream; Nomadic Gallery, North American Studio Potters Tour, Seattle, WA
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay National Invitational, Seattle, WA
Yunomi Show, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
42nd Annual Ceramics Exhibit, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI
The Cup: 50 Artists, 250 Interpretations. Collect of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
100 Woodfire Cups, POTS Gallery, Seattle, WA
Art Stream, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Ellensburg, WA
Daily Companions, Cup Show, Baltimore Clay Works, Blatimore, MD
Mint Julep Exhibition, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Mt. St. Francis, IN

WORKS CITED
2010
500 Vases, Curated by Julia Galloway, Lark Publications
2007
500 Tiles, Curated by Angelica Pozo, Lark Publications
Review of Home: Woodfire Interpretations by Dorothy Joiner, Ceramics Monthly, March
2006
500 Pitchers, Curated by Terry Gess, Lark Publications
“Living Dishes” Clay Times pp. 7, 30-31, Vol.12. No.2. March/April
2005
“All Cylinders Firing”, Clay Times, cover article. Pp.14-18, Vol. 11, January/February
2004
“Twenty One Young American Potters”, Studio Potter, Pg, 49. Volume 32, No. 2. June
2001
Contemporary American Ceramics, Kevin Hluch, Krause Publications, 2001.

COLLECTIONS
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Amaco Ceramics, Indianapolis, IN
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA
Archie Bray Foundation, Helena Montana
Betty Woodman Private Collection, New York, NY
Grinnell College, Bucksbaum Art Center, Grinnell, IA
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA