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HALVORSEN, ARTHUR
HALVORSEN, ARTHUR
MASSACHUSETTS

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I make functional pottery for daily use in the home and for those special occasions that life has in store for us from time to time. I use a candy colored palette for the nostalgic reaction that resonates with the user of my pieces. Candy, cakes, pastries and parties have strongly influenced my work and are the basic source material for inspiration. I love how slip can be used to mimic frosting on a cake juxtaposed to the toasty earthenware clay body that I use to build with. Texture and memory help to evoke this feeling with the slip that I am trying to get across. Throughout my life I have been in love with and almost obsessed with items found in a bakery and other delectable temptations that people aren’t supposed to become obsessed with.

I am a creature of habit when it comes to the mundane day-to-day tasks that we are faced with each day. I have brought this train of thought into my studio life and see the process of making my pieces as a repetitive act, along the same lines as printmaking. The molds that I use to make my pieces on top of I see as my printing plates, and the clay as my ink. Just because a piece has the same shape as another piece that already exists in the world doesn’t mean I don’t see it as an opportunity to make it my own. With this mindset I still see making my pieces as a chance to make them different through design, decoration and the small but important details that make my pieces unique.

For me I don’t think a piece is complete until it is set out on a table at a party and then my pieces really stand out. Parties and celebrations have a lot of life infused in them and I want my pieces to embody that same sense of life. My pieces are made very carefree, loose, have a lively spirit which makes them look as though they are going to dance across the table. This personality that I’m trying to convey throughout my work is very intentional and well thought out before hand but loose at the same time. I think the line between spontaneity and intention is a fine one and I enjoy walking that fine line in my work.

EDUCATION
2003-2007
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics, Maine College of Art

EXHIBITIONS (*denotes invitational show)
2013
*2013 Yunomi Invitational AKAR Gallery, Iowa City IA
*Worcester Crafts Center Pottery Invitational Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA
2012
Mudflat Studios Annual Holiday Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA
*Carbondale Clay Center 15th Annual Benefit Cup Auction Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO
*Our Cups Runneth Over Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston MA
*Made in America DowStudio Deer Isle, ME
*2012 Yunomi Invitational AKAR Gallery, Iowa City IA
*Create: The Art and Craft of Boston Handmade ArcWorks Community Art Center, Peabody MA
The State of Clay Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, Lexington MA
Mudflat Studios Annual Spring Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA
2011
Mudflat Studios Annual Holiday Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA
Mudflat Studios Annual Spr ing Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA
2010
Mudflat Studios Annual Holiday Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA
Dr awing The Line University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
*EWARE: Mar c Diger os and Other Boys That Get Low Red Star Studios, Kansas City MO
Mudflat Studios Annual Spr ing Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA
2009
*Carbondale Clay Center 12th Annual Benefit Cup Auction Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO
Mudflat Studios Annual Holiday Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA
*Maine College of Art, Art Auction ICA at Maine College of Art, Portland ME
Ar tist of the Month at the Mudflat Galler y Mudflat Gallery, Cambridge MA
Car bondale Clay National V Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO
Jersey Shore Clay National MT Burton Gallery, Surf City NJ
Mudflat Studios Annual Spr ing Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA
*Flamingo-A-Go-Go Maine College of Art, Portland ME
State of Clay Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, Lexington MA
2008
Mudflat Studios Annual Holiday Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA
Mudflat Studios Annual Spr ing Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA
2007
Maine College of Art Senior Thesis Exhibition ICA at Maine College of Art, Portland ME
Ar t Honor s The Portland Company, Portland ME
Maine College of Art, Art Auction ICA at Maine College of Art, Portland ME
NASAD Re-accr editation Show Maine College of Art, Portland ME
Craze Resistant: Senior Cer amic Major ’s Show Maine College of Art, Portland ME
2006
Maine College of Ar t, Ar t Auction ICA at Maine College of Art, Portland ME

WORK EXPERIENCE
September 2007-Present
Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA
*Technical Assistant- loading, firing, and unloading kilns. Mixing glazes and slips,
recycling clay along with other general studio upkeep.
*Beginning Handbuilding
*Intermediate Handbuilding
*Drape Molds Adult Class, Emphasis on slump and hump molds
*21 Century Elementary School Program Ceramics Teacher
*Full Circle High School Ceramics Teacher
*BCS (Boston Children's School) Summer Program
May 2007-Present
Boston Duck Tours, Ticket Booth Supervisor, Boston MA
Fall Semester 2006
June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Gallery Intern, Portland ME
Fall 2003-Spring 2007
Maine College of Art Office of Admissions, Portland ME

WORKSHOPS/LECTURES ATTENDED
2012
Hayne Bayless
Sanam Emami
2011
Randy Johnson
2010
Kathy King
Molly Hatch
2009
Ayumi Horie
Tyler Gulden
2008
Deborah Schwartzkopf
2007
Kari Radasch
2006
Ryan Kelly
Sandi Pierantozzi
Susan Beiner
2005
Justin Novak
2004
Susan Dewsnap

AWARDS
Penland School of Crafts, general work study scholarship, Summer 2009
Maine College of Art Talent Award 2003-2007

PUBLICATIONS
Halvorsen, Arthur “ Cake? Just Add Flower!” Pottery Making Illustrated Nov/Dec 2010 Pages 17-20
Ceramics Monthly, Upfront Section September 2010 Eware: Marc Digeros and Other Boys That Get Low,
page 22