Ryan Schulz "Cosmic Volcano Smokester"
wheel thrown and altered, hand painted and slow cooled to cone 5
6.5" x 6.5" x 14"
"This work also augments a beverage through the combustion of wood but does so with a clarity and confidence honed from the foundations laid in the summer of 2013. Drop an ember in its base, wait for the smoke to permeate the cocktail vessel, and craft something special to decompress with."
The first piece I made as an assistant at Peters Valley was a clunky little sculpture built with the vague ambition of augmenting a users' beverage through the combustion of wood. Like me, it was unfocused and limited by the narrow ceramic skillset I had command of. The assistantship at Peters Valley exposed me to a wide array of surfacing techniques, firing methods, and construction strategies I had never seen, and would not have otherwise. The community comprised of visiting artists, fellows, assistants, and department heads at Peters Valley became a potent foundation for the skills and ideas I still pull from all these years later. I can't imagine I'd be where I am now with my studio practice and career if I hadn't had the experience I did at Peters Valley.
Ryan Schulz, Jacksonville, FL
Hawaii born artist, Ryan Schulz, has been developing illustrative functional ceramics since 2013. His background in psychology and experience working in the food industry has heavily influenced his voice in clay; examining themes of cultural projection, escapism, and consumption within American pottery.
Ryan has shown in galleries across the nation, currently featured with the Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville, Florida. He has worked as a studio assistant, artist in residence, and studio manager at several nonprofit arts centers over the past five years. After earning his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida in 2019 Ryan joined the JU team as a Studio Technician for 2D and 3D arts.
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