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HOFFMAN, SAM
HOFFMAN, SAM
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I am interested more in artistic exploration than expression; my work is primarily motivated by curiosity about the nature of clay and fire. My passion for ceramics is influenced by a background in mathematics, chemistry, and astronomy. I find the scientific method of inquiry useful when experimenting with materials and firings. But I also employ risk and chance as allies in my creative process, an artistic balance that lie somewhere between alchemy and science.

When firing in wood and vapor kilns, subtle changes in the shape of a piece can influence how flames move over the clay and, consequently, how it is colored and textured. I am particularly excited by the possibilities of combining intentional marks with the serendipitous glaze effects from the fire. In my recent work, I have been exploring the ceramic vessel as a kind of lens, much like that of a telescope or microscope. By manipulating the two-dimensional surfaces of a three-dimensional form, I hope to create an illusion of depth, be it celestial or cellular, that goes beyond the piece itself.

SCHOLASTIC EDUCATION
1999-2002
Master of Fine Arts, thesis exhibition of shino glazed pottery
Teaching Assistant to professors Kirk Mangus and Eva Kwong
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
1993-1997
Bachelor of Arts, major in Studio Arts, minor in French Studies
Graduated with Cum Laude Honors
Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2004-Present
Associate professor at Linn Benton Community College, Corvallis, OR
“Partners in Clay” (grand)parents and children working together
“Salt Vapor Firing” advanced course in atmospheric firing
2003-Present
Member of Hiroshi Ogawa’s Hikarigama wood firing crew
Six firings annually, Elkton, OR
2008
Co-curator of wood firing festival “Painting With Fire”, Lake Oswego, OR
Exhibition of wood fired work from 90 international ceramic artists
Lectures and demonstrations by local and visiting artists
2007
Visiting artist at Northwest Missouri State Univ., “Kiln Design & Construction”
Design, build, and fire five small historical kilns and a large wood kiln
Exhibition and critique of fired works at end of workshop
2006
Visiting artist at City of Boulder Pottery Lab, Boulder, CO
Two week workshop teaching various approaches to wood firing
Firing of large anagama kiln, special workshop on critique at unloading
2004
Resident artist at Kanayama Pottery, invited by Ryoji Matsymiya, Aomori, Japan
Six week residency firing four styles of wood kilns
Group exhibition of fired pieces at end of residency
2003
Guest lecturer at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
“Wood Firing in Education: the Kent State Anagama”
2002
Visiting artist at Aomori International Wood Fire Festival, Goshogawara, Japan
Wheel throwing and firing demonstrations, 2 slide lectures
Ten pieces donated to the collection of the Aomori museum
2002
Guest instructor at the Massillon Museum, Massillon, OH
Four month course “An Introduction to Ceramics For All Ages”
Wheel throwing and hand building, low fire slip and glaze decoration
2002
Visiting artist at Amherst Elementary, Amherst, OH
Two month workshop to 17 elementary school students (K-4th grade)
Ceramic mask making, decoration, and firing
1997-1999
Apprenticeship with Doug Hively at Hively Pottery, Monmouth, OR
Large scale porcelain production studio, high-fired ovenware
Responsible for slip casting, throwing, glazing, firing, and sales

PUBLICATIONS
2010
Emerging Artist Award, Ceramics Monthly, May issue
2008
“One Foot in the Past, One in the Future”, essay in exhibition catalog
“Painting With Fire”, Lake Oswego Arts Center publication
2006
“Up In Smoke: Wood Firing Challenges in Today’s World”, 2006 NCECA Journal
Review of conference panel discussion
2006
“Raw Materials - Minerals - Clays”, 2006 NCECA Journal
Review of conference panel discussion
2005
“Clays, Slips, and Glazes for Wood Firing”, Ceramics Monthly, summer issue
“M.C. Richards: The Fire Within”, 2005 NCECA Journal
Review of conference panel discussion
2003
“Creating Large Plates and Platters”, Pottery Making Illustrated
Part 1 March/April issue; Part 2 May/June issue

EXHIBITIONS
2011
"Atmospheric Firings" , group exhibition. Curated by Diane Levinson, Triton Art Museum, Santa Clara, CA
"Contemporary Northwest Ceramics", group exhibition. Curated by Gina Fruen, Jundt Art Museum, Spokane, WA
"Yunomi Invitational", group exhibition. Curated by Jigna Jani, AKAR gallery, Iowa City, IA
2010
“Northwest Woodfire”, group exhibition of wood fired ceramics. Curated by Ben Waterman and Mike Peck, POTS gallery, Seattle, WA
“30X5”, group exhibition of wood fired ceramics. Curated by Jigna Jani, AKAR gallery, Iowa City, IA
“The Vase and Beyond”, exhibition of Sidney Swidler’s ceramics collection. Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
“Woodfiring Symposium”, group exhibition of wood fired ceramics. Curated by Brad Schweiger, Ohio University, Athens, OH
“Dining In III”, group exhibition of table settings. Juried by Karen Cruse, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
“Shino REDUX”, group exhibition of shino glazed ceramics. Curated by Malcolm Davis, Clay Art Center gallery, Port Chester, NY
“FILL-adelphia”, group exhibition for 2010 NCECA conference. Juried by Chris Campbell, Show of Hands Gallery, Philidelphia, PA
2009
“Muddy’s Woodfire Classic”, group exhibition of wood fired ceramics. Juried by Jon Pacini and T Robert, the Myers Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
“A Path of Flame 2009”, group exhibition of wood fired ceramics. Curated by Andy Lewis-Lechner, Madera Gallery, Tacoma, WA
“National Cup Show Invitational”, group exhibition of ceramic cups. Juried by Anderson Turner, Kent State University art gallery, Kent, OH
“Spoon it, Fork it, Cut it Up!”, group exhibition of ceramic utensils. Curated by Gail Brown, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD
2008
“Clouds Above, Mountains Below”, solo exhibition of wood fired ceramics. Lecture and exhibition at Umqua Community College, Roseberg, OR
“A Path of Flame 2008”, group exhibition of wood fired ceramics. Curated by Andy Lewis-Lechner, Madera Gallery, Tacoma, WA
2007
“Wood-Fired Connections”, group exhibition of wood fired ceramics. Curated by Ken Matsusawa, Art Object Gallery, San Jose, CA
“Contained”, group exhibition of ceramic containers. Curated by Scott Lykens, Univ. of Arkansas, Monticello, AR
2006
“Extravagance of Salt & Pepper”, group exhibition of salt and pepper utensils. Curated by Gail Brown, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD
“Invited Artists”, group exhibition, part of International Wood Fire Conference. Invited by Eva Kwong, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
“Decade: Hikarigama Potters”, group exhibition of wood fired ceramics. Curated by Hiroshi Ogawa, Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR
2005
“Vapor Trails”, solo exhibition of salt and wood fired pottery. Linn Benton Community College, Corvallis, OR
“School’s Out!” group exhibition of MFA graduates, part of NCECA conference. Curated by Gail Brown, Community College of Baltimore County Gallery
2004
“Out of the Fire”, group exhibition of wood fired ceramics. Juried by Nils Lou & Don Hoskisson, Blue Trout Gallery, Newberg, OR
“International Wood Firing Residency”, group exhibition of resident artists. Kanayama-yaki Wood Firing Residency, Aomori, Japan
2003
“Learning Chinese”, solo exhibition of Song-dynasty inspired glazes. Chagrin Falls Library, part of the “Local Arts” series, Chagrin Falls, OH
“Clearly Black and White”, group exhibition juried by Michael Arntz. Tierra Solida gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2002
“Visiting International Artists”, group exhibition of festival residents. Aomori International Wood Fire Festival, Goshogawara, Japan
“Recent Graduate Students”, juried group exhibition of MFA candidates. Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
“Strictly Functional Pottery National”, group exhibition of functional pots. Juried by Jack Troy, Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA
2001
“National Juried Cup Show”, group exhibition of ceramic cups. Juried by Kirk Mangus, Gallery 138, Kent, OH
1999
Solo exhibition of wood fired, crystalline glazed, and raku fired ceramics
Lecture and exhibition at The Kinkaid School, Houston, TX