GLENN HUSTED, ceramics
I received an MFA in ceramics and sculpture while working with Master Artist Paul Soldner, at the Claremont Graduate University in 1992. Since then, I have taught in capacities as both a Professor and as an Artist, working primarily in clay. I have taught for Chaffey College in Alta Loma, CA; CSU San Bernardino; and Scripps College in Claremont, CA. Presently, I am a full time faculty for Yuba Community College in Marysville, CA, in ceramics, sculpture and painting.
I have work in several collections, which include the “Marer Collection” of Contemporary Ceramics (Scripps College), and the Tokoname City “IWCAT” collection, in Japan. I continue to lead various workshops that include kiln building, primitive/low fire techniques, wood firing, clay sculpture and functional pottery production that I have offered for various schools and art centers nationally. Currently, I own and operate the Stone Soup Studio in Penn Valley, CA.
I have traveled to Japan, China and Korea to work with international potters and both lecture, exhibit work, and survey historical and contemporary clay. As a graduate student in 1991, I attended the International Workshop of Ceramic Art in Tokoname (IWCAT) and later in 1996, I returned to work with Japan's national treasure Ryoji Koie. In 2006, I returned to Japan to work with master potters Kojie Sugie and Masaki Matsumoto, in an effort to survey wood fire methods in Japan.
“My work strives to dramatize the excitement of fire and form.”
The pieces I make are “coil built” to varying heights, ranging up to four feet and often vary in width and depth. These are walled and sectioned, that stack and are sometimes fired in different kilns atmospheres that feature dramatic fired finishes. So, I will explore different surfaces within the same piece, through firing sections of pieces in different kilns and achieving variations in surface, I hope to do a series of works for wood fire and wood fire salt, hoping in the end to create five unified works over a three-month stay.