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HILL, STEVEN
HILL, STEVEN
MISSOURI
I simply have to make pots! While making pottery nourishes my soul, selling it puts food on my table. When I am sitting at the potters’ wheel with music reverberating through my studio, life is good! The dance that is born of clay spinning through my fingers is the place in my life where magic happens. I’ve always had a relatively narrow focus, making wheel thrown, single-fired functional stoneware. My work never stands still, however… It has been a slow evolution of form and surface. Function is what keeps me rooted, but I don’t mind stretching the boundaries of usefulness just a little as I explore my tiny vision.

A trip to Italy in 1995 profoundly influenced my direction with glazing. It wasn't the Majolica pottery that Italy is famous for, but the colors and textures of Tuscany that spoke to me. The weatherworn painted wood and stucco surfaces, which highlight architectural form by stripping away surface embellishment, exerted their influence on my pottery.

I also love the atmospheric variation that occurs naturally across the surface of salt, soda and wood fired pots, but fired in gas reduction throughout my career. To give my pots the surface quality I was after, I learned to create my own atmospheric surfaces through careful blending and layering of sprayed glazes.

In December 2008 I discovered that reduction plays a rather insignificant role in the finished look of my pottery. The cascading rivulets of ash-like glazes and mysterious microcrystalline mat surfaces work just as effectively in oxidation as they do in reduction! Even the rich brown and orange colors that I have always attribued to reduction firing are possible in oxidation. In 2008 I began the transition to Cone 6 oxidation fired porcelain, the journey has been extremely rewarding.

Sometimes I wonder what direction my life would have taken if I had not discovered clay. The only thing I know for certain is that I lead a privileged life making my living doing something I love as much as making pottery.

BIOGRAPHY
Steven Hill has been a functional potter since 1974, originally working out of a backyard studio and selling his work mostly at art festivals. By the mid 1990’s he was looking for a way to expand his studio, to begin a resident artist program for aspiring potters, and to provide space for other ceramic artists to work. Red Star Studios became the home of Steven Hill Pottery from 1998 - 2006. Between 2006 and 2010 Steven lived in Sandwich, IL and co-founded Center Street Clay. Steven is now working at 323 Clay in Independence, MO and concentrating on what he does best, making pots and teaching!

Steven Hill received his BFA from Kansas State University in 1973. His work is featured in nationally juried shows and in many ceramics books. Steven has taught over 250 workshops throughout the United States and Canada and has written ten ceramic articles - "An Approach To Single-Firing" (January 1986, Ceramics Monthly), "Long Distance Runner" (December 1989, Studio Potter), "Don't Put the Flames Out" (February 1994, Ceramics Monthly), "Pulling Handles" (Spring 1998, Pottery Making Illustrated), "Where You've Been is Good and Gone, All You Keep is the Gettin' There" (April1998, Ceramics Monthly), "Spraying Glazes" (March 2002, Pottery Making Illustrated), "An Approach to Single Firing - Further On" (January 2006, Ceramics Monthly), "Rethinking Ceramic Workshops" (Comment, May 2007, Ceramics Monthly), "The Eight Month Workshop - A Journey of Discovery" (June 2008, Ceramics Monthly), "Atmospheric-Like Effects for Electric Firing" (March 2012, Ceramics Monthly).

Steven's writing ranges from technical to philosophical.
ARTICLES INCLUDE
Atmospheric-Like Effects for Electric Firing, Ceramics Monthly March 2012
The Eight-Month Workshop: A Journey of Discovery Ceramics Monthly Summer 2008
Rethinking Ceramic Workshops Ceramics Monthly May 2007
An Approach to Single Firing – Further In Ceramics Monthly January 2006
Common Ground: A showcase of National Ceramics Artists-in-Residence Ceramics Monthly January 2006
Spraying Glazes Pottery Making Illustrated March/April, 2002
Where You’ve Been Is Good and Gone, All You Keep Is the Gettin’ There Ceramics Monthly April 1998
Pulling Handles Pottery Making Illustrated Spring 1998
Don't Put The Flames Out Ceramics Monthly February 1994
Long Distance Runner The Studio Potter December 1989
An Approach to Single-Firing Ceramics Monthly January 1986

RELEVANT HIGHLIGHTS
Creator of the model for Journey Workshops
The Eight-Month Workshop: A Journey of Discovery, Ceramics Monthly, Summer 2008 (upcoming)
Rethinking Ceramic Workshops, Ceramics Monthly, Comment, May 2007
Steven’s writing ranges from technical to philosophical. Articles include:
The Eight-Month Workshop: A Journey of Discovery Ceramics Monthly Summer 2008
Rethinking Ceramic Workshops Ceramics Monthly May 2007
An Approach to Single Firing – Further In Ceramics Monthly January 2006
Common Ground: A showcase of National Ceramics Artists-in-Residence Ceramics Monthly January 2006
Spraying Glazes Pottery Making Illustrated March/April, 2002
Where You’ve Been Is Good and Gone, All You Keep Is the Gettin’ There Ceramics Monthly April 1998
Pulling Handles Pottery Making Illustrated Spring 1998
Don't Put The Flames Out Ceramics Monthly February 1994
Long Distance Runner The Studio Potter December 1989
An Approach to Single-Firing Ceramics Monthly January 1986

Early in his career, Steven discovered his passion for teaching. He has conducted nearly 200 workshops in venues like: Aldelphi University, Armory Art Center, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, Centre de ceramique Bonsecours, Ceramic Artists of San Diego, Dan Finch Pottery, Waterloo Potters Workshop, Alberta College of Art and Design, The Ontario Clay and Glass Association, Peters Valley Craft Center, Sierra Nevada College, Wesleyan Potters, CraftSummer, Miami University, 92nd Street Y, Penland School of Crafts, Functional Ceramics 95, Mendocino Art Center. In addition, Steven presented pre-NCECA workshops in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007 & 2008, was Glaze Doctor for NCECA in Denver 2000, led a topical discussion group Single-Firing: Age Old Solution for the 90's for NCECA in Minneapolis 1995, and was a demonstrator at NCECA in Kansas City 1989.

Steven’s work has been featured in over 150 Invitational Exhibits internationally
EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS
19th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA 2012
National Teapot Show VII, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor NC 2008
Infusion 10x10, Craft Alliance, St.Louis MO 2008
La Mesa 2008 & 2005, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Shows
Bourbon Bottles in the Bluegrass, Louisville Stoneware, 2007
Single Firing – Further In New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, 2007
All Fired Up, Aldelphi University, Long Island, NY, 2006
21st Century Ceramics, Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH, 2003
Plates & Platters, The Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC, 2002
Regarding Clay – NCECA Endowment Benefit Auction, Belger Art Center, Kansas City, MO, 2002
Teapots Transformed: The Studio Potters, Pinch, Northampton, MA, 2001
Mugshots, Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA, 2001
Functional Ceramics 1994 & 1995, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH
A Tea Party, Ferrin Gallery, Northampton, MA, 1885, 86, 87, 88, 89
Marietta College Crafts National ‘77

Hill’s work appears in dozens of books.
NOTEWORTHY PUBLICATIONS
500 Pitchers, Lark Books 2006
The Teapot Book, By Steve Woodhead, A & C Black 2005
The Complete Guide to High Fire Glazes, By John Britt, Lark Books 2004
Creative Pottery – A Step-by-Step Guide and Showcase, by Michelle Coakes, Quarry Books 1998

EDUCATION
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville 1973, Graduate Study
Kansas State University, BFA in ceramics 1973