Cory Brown "Cloud Ewer"
Materials: Colored porcelain
Process: Hand-built using the wheel. Oxidation ^9
Dimensions: 5.5" x 5. 8"
"My studio practice is concerned with the creation of functional ceramics. I am a maker for many reasons, but the underlying motivation to work with clay as my primary material is fed by a seemingly never-ending interest in research, experimentation, and innovation. I am an artist, a craftsman, an engineer and a chemist. My current work is focused on an inlay technique I developed that simultaneously combines pattern, form, and color.
The pattern evolves with the form through its transformation from a contrived pattern on a cylinder into a finished piece. It holds memory and evidence of its growth. Using this technique I am able to collaborate with the inherant nature of clay to create an integrated and fluid motif.
The power of color is of great interest to me, due to its connection to life and human history. As I develop my color pallette I carefully consider how simple color relationships may impact the viewer/user on an emotional level. I often look to Mark Rothko for his expression of basic human emotions through color.
While I make and admire work on a grand visual scale, I also value the visceral impact of useable objects. Because of this, I place a great deal of consideration in the art of function to maximize the experience.
The balancing act of pulling all of these elements together into one object or a series of objects, compells me into the studio and perpetuates my own fascination with the work."
Cory Brown, Alfred, NY
Hailing from Northern Utah, Cory Brown received his BFA from Utah State University after maintaining a home studio for two years. Immediately following his education he was fortunate to acquire a Studio Technician job working for Simon’s Rock College in Massachusetts.
Cory has been a Resident Artist at the Cub Creek Foundation and at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester NY. After a short stint of being the Studio Tech at 92Y in NYC, Cory moved to Pondicherry, India to teach an intensive wheel throwing class for 6 months at Golden Bridge Pottery. He finished his time there with a Solo exhibition. Upon his return to the United States he was hired as the Studio Manager at the Clay Art Center where he worked for two years. He received his MFA from Alfred University in 2017. Cory is currently a glaze alchemist for AMACO and an adjust faculty at Alfred University.
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