The Pottery forms I have selected for this show are examples of my continued involvement with the ancient process of wood firing. Since 1984, I began to concentrate on using this process in an attempt to make objects that resonate with age, both geologic and human. I still make these traditional forms and fire them in the wood kiln as a personal indulgence; they serve as a grounding force in my understanding of the wood fired process and its aesthetic potential.

I also make large scale ceramic sculptures based on airplane and boat forms as well as the figure. My interest in these forms stems from both their familiarity and relevance to our society, but also in their inherent beauty as objects. This work seeks to combine my concerns about sculpture, painting, architecture and ceramics with some of the serious issues we are confronted with as human beings at this point in history. I hope that these objects convey both the power and fragility of the human spirit as well as our tenuous relationship with nature. Wood firing intensifies this dichotomy by distressing the forms through accelerated geologic phenomena.

In recent years I have also been involved with rapid prototyping ceramic objects three dimensionally. This research has lead to patents on formulas and processes and the most successful objects of this type made to date. I am exploring the conceptual, artistic and technical merits of this new method of making. Digital files are converted to ceramic objects via a 3d printer, creating a provocative convergence of the digital and analogue worlds.

John Balistreri is currently a Professor of Art Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Balistreri received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986 and his MFA from Kent State University in 1988. He has been in numerous solo and group exhibits throughout the United States. Balistreri's work is typically large-scale sculpture that is built using a verity of techniques, then wood or salt fired. Balistreri has had his work published in a number of publications including: "Ceramic: Art and Perception," "Ceramics Monthly," and "American Craft". He was selected as an "Emerging Talent" at the 1995 NCECA. He has also conducted many workshops through out the U.S. and his work is in numerous collections including museums and public and private collections.

Balistreri has been wood-firing since 1984 and has remained committed to its development through both traditional and non traditional works.

Balistreri has become involved with using 3D rapid prototyping technology to create ceramic objects. He has patents pending on formulas for powders and binders as well as innovations to existing machines to improve the viability of printing ceramics three dimensionally from digital files. Balistreri is the head of a research team at Bowling Green State University that leads the world in this new method for creating Ceramics.