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LEONARD, CLAY
LEONARD, CLAY
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We live in an era where indirect forms of communication have become standard. Cell phones, internet messaging, and email have made face-to-face conversation seem like a distant memory. Through my ceramic vessels, I investigate the important ritual of sharing a meal. This body of work is my contribution to reintroducing the lost art of communication around the dinner table.

My ceramic vessels embody my interest in design, including the innovation of forms during production as well the aesthetic of display. The process of inventing and constructing these forms with my hands offers a reconnection to past traditions including the notion of honoring the humility of craftsman.

My current work consists of various utilitarian vessel forms composed of multiple compartments surrounded by wide rims that define interior from exterior. These vessels are intended for use in a domestic setting, and serve to enrich the interaction amongst individuals and between the individual and the food being displayed. The multiple compartments reinforce the vessels intent, as they transcend the individual by implying use by more than one person. Repetition serves an equally important role through my prolific manufacturing of these objects.

Although my work draws formal inspiration from mass-produced objects, I strive to reclaim the directness of human interaction with the material. I celebrate what my unique touch offers that is lost with a machine. Through subtle manipulation and gesture, I instill my work with personality, energy, and softness.

The aesthetics of display are equally important to my work. Arranging the work in groupings references the table and the object’s domesticity. I offer alternatives to the cupboard, by demonstrating how objects can be displayed even in storage, referencing where the work exists prior to display or use on the table. The stacking of these forms suggests the storage of these objects and reinforces the idea of humble production, while the delicate movement and subtle variation in the rims reinforces the importance of hand-made utilitarian ware, offering visual evidence of the maker’s hands.

Some of my favorite childhood memories were formed around the dinner table with family and friends, eating and engaging in conversation. My work continues this dwindling tradition, and serves as a reminder of the importance of these experiences. In a fast paced culture where communications is overwhelmed by current technology, my work and research offers an incentive to rediscover personal conversation and get back to the table.

BIOGRAPHY
Clay Leonard was raised in Midwestern United States. Growing up in a small farming community, interaction amongst community members and family gatherings were made priorities, and continue to serve as inspiration to his ceramic artworks. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan and in 2009 earned his Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Bowling Green State University and was nominated for an outstanding thesis award for the exhibition.

His current body of work is his contribution to reintroducing the lost art of communication around the dinner table. Through his ceramic vessels, he investigates the important ritual of sharing a meal. His functional ceramic vessels focuses on the role ceramics has in stimulating communication and interaction in a communal setting.

Clay’s ceramic work has been featured in various international and national exhibitions, and included in multiple publications, as well as being featured in the May 2009 issue of Ceramics Monthly, as an Emerging Artist. He currently is serving as Head of the Ceramics Department at Bowling Green State University.

EDUCATION
2007 – 2009
Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Bowling Green, Ohio
Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics
2002 – 2006
Adrian College (AC), Adrian, Michigan [Summa Cum Lauade]
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2011 – present
Department Head Ceramics - Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
Instructor - Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
2010 – 2011
Visiting Artist, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
Adjunct Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
2009 – 2010
Adjunct Instructor, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
2009 – 2010
Adjunct Instructor, Owens Community College, Toledo, Ohio
2007 – 2008
Ceramics Technician, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
Woodshop Assistant, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
2008
Teaching Assistant, Ceramics I – II Summer Semester, ARTS 271. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
2006 – 2007
Teaching Assistant Three Dimensional Design, ARTS 100. Adrian College, Adrian, MI
Teaching Assistant Introduction to Ceramics, ARTS 106. Adrian College, Adrian, MI
Teaching Assistantship Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan
2005 – 2006
Studio Assistant Deb LaPlante, Studio Potter, Manitou Beach, MI

AWARDS
2011
AMACO/Brent Purchase Award, NCECA Biennial, Tampa Museum of Art
Honorable Mention 3rd National Cup Exhibition, LUX Center for the Arts
2009
Emerging Artist, Ceramics Monthly, May
2008
Merit Award, MCAA Michigan Ceramics
2007
Honorable Mention, 7th National Juried Cup Show, Kent State University

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA. Curator: Jigna Jana, Director
The World is Your Oyster, Solo Gallery, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD. Curator: Mary Cloonan, Director
2011
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, E. Petersburg, PA. Juror: Mary Barringer, Editor of Studio Potter Magazine and Artist
Cup the Intimate Object VII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL. Curator: Charlie Cummings, Director
Black and White Exhibition, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO. Curator: Michael Baxley, Director
Michigan Ceramics Exhibition, Anton Art Center, Mount Pleasant, MI. Juror: Benjamin Teague, Artist
Our Favorite Places, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS. Curator: Jay Nelson, Director
Alchemy: From Dust to Form, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL. Jurors: Kathy King and Nan Smith
Functional Clay; Celebrating the Useful Object, River Gallery, Rocky River, OH. Curator: G. Ara Hamamjian, Director
100 Artists Show, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem, OR. Curator: Mary Lou Zeek, Director
White, Schaller Gallery, Red Lodge, MT. Curator: Anthony Schaller, Director
2010
Heat + Pressure; KSU Ceramics, KWU Gallery, Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, KS. Curator: Lori Wright, Assistant Professor of Art
Liquid Measure, Main Street Art Gallery, Edwardsville, IL. Curator: Melody Ellis, Director
Setting the Mood: The Artful Table, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO. Juror: Bruce Hoffman, Director of Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
18th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, SA Museum Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX. Juror: Sherman Hall, Editor of Ceramics Monthly
Functional Ornament, Rivers Gallery, Rocky River, OH. Curator: G. Ara Hamamjian, Director
Porcelains and Celadons, The Myers Gallery, Santa Ana, CA. Juror: Kevin A. Myers, Director
Geometric Abstraction, Still Point Art Gallery, Brunswick, ME. Juror: Christine Brooks Cote, Director
Functional Relationships, MUW Art Gallery, Columbus, MS. Juror: Matt Long and Robert Long
Clay on the Wall, Landmark Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. Juror: Elaine Henry, Associate Editor of Ceramics Perception and Ceramics Technical
2009
Aaron Macy Memorial Exhibition, NAU Art Museum, N. Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Objects of Virtue, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA. Juror: Julia Galloway,
BGSU Faculty Exhibition, Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, BGSU, Bowling Green, OH. Curator: Jackie Nathan, Gallery Director, Bowling Green State University
BGSU Exhibition, Wittenberg University, Ann Miller Gallery, Springfield, OH. Curator: Scott Dooley, Assistant Professor of Art
Owens Community College Faculty Exhibition, Walter E. Terhune Gallery, Toledo, OH. Curator: Director
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, E. Petersburg, PA. Juror: Pete Pinnell, Professor of Art, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
History in the Making IV, The Firehouse Gallery, Genesee Pottery, Rochester, NY. Juror: Ron Meyers, Studio Potter
Dining In: An Artful Experience, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX. Juror: Director
The Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA. Juror: Jeff Guido, Director
Northern Exposure, Promega Corporation, Madison, WI. Curator: Peter Held, Curator of Ceramics ASU Art Museum, Ceramics Research Center
Drink It In, The Jared Michael Branfman Memorial Gallery, Needham, MA. Juror: Bridget Hauser, Studio Potter
Generations: Teachers and Students, Laporte Convention Bureau, Michigan City, IN. Curator: Aaron Flynn, Studio Potter
National Juried Cup Exhibition, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE. Juror: Pete Pinnell, Professor of Art, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
2008
Ceramics Biennial Exhibition, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH. Juror: Lucy Breslin, Associate Professor Ceramics, Maine College of Art
Soda Salt National IV, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT. Juror: Jim Koudelka, Professor Ceramics, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR
48th Greater Michigan Exhibition, Alden B. Dow Museum, MI. Juror: Bernice Steinbaum, Director of Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY
MCAA Michigan Ceramics 2008, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI. Juror: Bonnie Seeman, Senior Lecturer, University of Florida
12th Annual Lines into Shapes, Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, CO. Juror: Pat Saunders-White, Kathleen Theriault and Leo Weber
Artful Drinking Vessel, Potworks Studio & Gallery, Hamilton, MI. Juror: Sarah Lindley, Assistant Professor of Art, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
History in the Making III, The Firehouse Gallery, Genesee Pottery, Rochester, NY. Juror: Linda Sikora, Professor of Art, Alfred School of Art and Design, Alfred, NY
Platters and Pourers, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD. Juror: John Glick, Studio Potter
National Cup Show Extension - Director’s Choice, Barrett Clay Works Art Studios & Galleries, Poughkeepsie, NY. Curator: Meadow, Director
8th Annual National Juried Cup Show, Downtown Gallery, Kent State University, Kent, OH Juror: Ted Vogel, Associate Professor of Art, Lewis and Clark
Central Time Ceramics, Heuser Art Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, IL. Juror: Bruce Howdle, Ceramics Sculptor
17th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, SA Museum Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX. Juror: Anna Harris, Curator, Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, MS
North American Cup Show, Studio Angelico, Sienna Heights University, Adrian, MI. Juror: Andy Brayman, Founder and Artist, The Matter Factory, Kansas City, MO
NCECA Regional Student Juried Exhibition, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA. Jurors: Alleghany Meadows and Kristin Kieffer
8 Fluid Ounces III, A.C.G. Exhibition Gallery, Louisiana State University School of Art, Baton Rouge, LA. Juror: Andy Shaw, Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University
2007
It’s Only Clay, Bemidji Community Art Center, Bemidji, MN. Juror: Jeff Oestreich, Studio Artist
7th Annual National Juried Cup Show, Kent State University, Downtown Gallery, Kent, OH. Juror: Bill Jones, Editor, Pottery Making Illustrated
Summer Ceramics Market, Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, MI. Curator: Nancy L. Sizer, Director
Empty Spaces: Bowls, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO. Juror: Peg Malloy, Studio Artist
2006
Cup: the Intimate Object V, Charlie Cummings Studio and Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN. Juror: Pete Pinnell, Professor of Art, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Fire and Mud, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI. Juror: Mark Chatterley, Studio Artist

SOLO/TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2011
Crafting Communication, Project Space, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
2010
Domestic Design, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
2009
Return to the Table, The Heritage Gallery, Adrian College, Adrian, MI
Back to the Table, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
2008
Line and Gesture, BTSU Gallery, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
2007
Repetition and Rhythm, Lenawee County Visual Arts [LCVA] Gallery, Adrian, MI

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
2011
Tidal Forces: The Next Wave; NCECA Biennial 2011, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL. Jurors: Glen R. Brown, Julia Galloway, Arthur Gonzalez
2010
Bowl Me Over; 3rd Annual Lillstreet International, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL. Juror: Steven Young Lee, Resident Artist Director, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
2009
CraftForms 2009, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA. Juror: Bruce W. Pepich, Executive Director, Curator of collections, Racine Art Museum, WI
2nd Annual Lillstreet International, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL. Juror: Beth Lo, Professor of Art, University of Montana
4th Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics, Museum of Contemporary Ceramics M.I.C.C., Buenos Aires, Argentina
2008
4th International Ashes to Art: Scattered, The Gallery at Funeria, Graton, CA. Juror: Adela Akers, Nadine Jarvis, Sylvia Seventy
1st Annual Lillstreet International, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL. Juror: Sam Chung, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
The Tile Project, Destination: The World, Chang Hai International, Beijing, China and Kanoria Centre for the Arts, Ahmedabad, India. Curator: Mary Sherman, Director

HONORS, SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS
2009
Distinguished Thesis Award Nominee, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
2008 – 2009
Aaron Macy Memorial Scholarship, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Teaching Assistantship, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
2007 – 2009
Good Scholarship, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
2007 – 2008
Technical Assistantship, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
2002 – 2006
Trustee Scholarship, Adrian College, Adrian, MI 2002 – 2006
Art and Design Scholarship, Adrian College, Adrian, MI
2006
Oxbow Study Award, Adrian College, Adrian, MI
2005
Work Study Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2012
Craft and Art of Clay, 5th Edition, Susan and Jan Peterson, Laurence King Publishing.
2011
Leonard, Clay, “Purposeful Design,” Ceramics Monthly, December Issue
“Strictly Functional Pottery National” Clay Times, Pre-Holiday Issue, Volume 17, Issue 92, p.19
“Up Front; Strictly Functional Pottery National”, Ceramics Monthly, September Issue
“Crazy About Clay”, Creative Loafing, March 31 – April 6, 2011, Volume 24, page 26, 27.
“Artist of the Day”, Musing About Mud, February 17, 2011 http://musingaboutmud.blogspot.com/2011/02/artist-of-day-clay-leonard.html
“MFA Factor: Kansas State University”, Ceramics Monthly, January Issue, p.52
2010
500 Vases, Lark Books, October, p.291
Ceramics Today, Schiffer Publishing, p.156
Clay on the Wall: 2010 Clay National, Catalog Photo, Texas Tech University, page 19
17th Strictly Functional Pottery National, Catalog Photo, Market House Craft Center, page 17
2009
“Emerging Artists”, Ceramics Monthly, May Issue, p.60
“Exhibitions” and “Gallery”, NCECA Journal, Volume 29, p.11 and p.133
“Clay Leonard Back on Campus as Alumni Professor for a Day”, Adrian College Home Page, http://www.adrian.edu/news/9_09art-alum.php, September 24 2009
2008
“MFA Factor: Bowling Green State University”, Ceramics Monthly, December Issue, p.45-46
500 Plates and Chargers, Lark Books, Page 187, Front Cover Inside Flap, July 2008
Ceramics Biennial 2008, Brochure cover photo, New Hampshire Institute of Art
International Ashes to Art: Scattered: Catalog Photo, The Gallery at Funeria, page 14
17th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition: Catalog Photo, SAMFA, page 24
2007
“The Gallery,” Clay Times, May/June Issue, p.55

WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES
2011
Wichita State University, Visiting Artist/ Demonstrations, Three-Day, Wichita, KS,
Center for Child Development, Lecture, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Kansas State University, Demonstration/ Lecture, Manhattan, KS
2010
Kansas Wesleyan University, Gallery Talk, Salina, KS
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Workshop Instructor/One-Day, Pittsburgh, PA
2009
Wittenberg University, Lecture/Gallery Talk, Springfield, OH
Adrian College, Alumni Guest Professor, Lecture and Critiques/One-Day, Adrian, MI
Adrian College, Workshop Instructor/One-Day, Adrian, MI
2008
Tea Time Artist Series, Bowling Green State University, Lecture, Bowling Green, OH
Community Arts Class, Adrian College, Guest Artist, Lecture and Critiques, Adrian, MI
Artist Village Residential Learning Community, Bowling Green State University, Lecture and Presentation, Bowling Green, OH
2007
Senior Studio Seminar, Bowling Green State University, Guest Lecture, Bowling Green, OH
2006
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Lecture, Deer Isle, ME