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HOFFMAN, TOM
HOFFMAN, TOM
ILLINOIS
My pottery comes out of a deep appreciation of food and of decorative objects. I'm interested in language and stories and how both move from one generation to another. For me, this often happened in the kitchen.

The work is physically functional and utilitarian by nature. It is also decorative. Forms come out of drawing and sketching shapes and contours I find interesting. I use templates to assist in the making process. Pieces are both hand built or wheel thrown on a Korean style kick wheel. Pots are painted and glazed with a clear ranging from high gloss and transparent to buttery satin matte finish.

My inquiry engages cultural behaviors that are both specific and non specific to me and are often represented by abstracted drawings that allude to a written language, culture, or time. Hand made things become personal as we bring them into our homes. We develop collections that reflect our interests and sensibilities and surround ourselves with the things that bridge the imagination to our daily lives.


EDUCATION
M.F.A., Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, 2005
B.F.A., Ceramics, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1998
Apprenticeship with Tatsuzo Shimaoka, Mashiko, Japan, 1999

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
2006-present
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Faculty, Ceramics
2007, 2008
Loyola University, Chicago, Instructor Ceramics, Studio Coordinator

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL & RELATED EXPERIENCE
2005
CAFA/Alfred, Beijing, PRC, Visiting Artist and Conceptual Developer
“Explorations in Ceramic Design” A collaboration between the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Alfred University
2000-2003
Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA, Resident Artist, Instructor
Instructed adult community classes'
2000
Laguna Clay Company, Cambridge, OH, Technical Support , (6mo contract)
1998
“IWCAT,” The International Workshop of Ceramic Art in Tokoname, Japan, Participant

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2012
All Steamed Up, Perkinson Gallery, Millikin University, Decatur, IL
2011
Work House Clay National Invitational, VA
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA
River 2 River 2011, Cedar Rapids, IA
All Steamed Up, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL
Tea, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
2010
Simple Cup Show 2010, Kobo Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009
North American Clay Invitational, David Smith & Co., Seattle, WA
2008
Faculty Biennial, Crown Center Gallery, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
2006
Pottery Northwest 40th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, Seattle WA
Lill Street Studios Chicago, Il- Beauty, Grace and Function
Dubhe Carreno Gallery-Chicago, Il. Overture
30/30 Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, Il
2005
Santa Fe Clay-Japan/USA : A Cross Cultural Exchange-Santa Fe, NM
Kobo at Higo- The Simple Cup- Seattle, WA
Chicago Tourism Center- People of Mud: A look at Chicago Area Ceramics
Lohin∙Geduld∙Gallery-New York, NY
Matser of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition at Fosdick-Nelson Gallery-Alfred University
2004
Santa Fe Clay-Next Generation-Santa Fe, New Mexico
Craft Art Western New York 2004 Burchfield Penny Art Center-Buffalo, New York
Artsite-Group Exhibition Alfred University Grads-Wellsville, New York
2003
Artsite-Grads Gone Wild-Wellsville, New York
Glenn Richards Northwest Clay Artists Group Invitational-Seattle, Washington
Kobo Gallery-Tom Hoffman + Kurt Webb-Seattle, Washington
Strictly Functional Pottery National-Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2002
Glenn Richards Northwest Clay Artists Group Exhibition-Seattle, Washington
Seward Park Art Studio-Invitational-Seattle, Washington
Pottery Northwest Instructors Exhibition-Seattle, Washington
Kobo Gallery-Seattle, Washington
2001
Odyssey Gallery-“The Hand Held Cup Show” Ashville, North Carolina
1999
NCECA Regional Juried Exhibition-“Passion and Process” Shot Tower Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
1998
Cerra Gallery Exhibition-Tokoname, Japan
IWCAT Exhibition at the Tokoname Pottery Festival, Tokoname, Japan
Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition-Ohio University-Trisolini Gallery-Athens, Ohio

COLLECTIONS
Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY
Ohio University Permanent Collection
Cerra Gallery, Tokoname, Japan
IWCAT, Tokoname, Japan

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Robert Pfennebecker
Stephen Sullivan

SELECTED AWARDS/HONORS
Alfred-San Bao Scholarship, San Bao International Institute of Ceramic Art, Jingdezhen, China, 2005
NCECA Fellowship, 1999
M.F.A. Full Tuition Scholarship, NYSCC at Alfred University 2003-05