Bowie Croisant Ceramic Artist Weblog

April 17, 2010

New Website and New Work!

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I recently created a new website!

Please visit for a more professional look.

I was recently selected as an emerging artist by Ceramics Monthly and will be featured in the May 2010 Issue.  There are also several articles written by Annie Chrietzburg for Pottery Making Illustrated that will be coming out soon.  They focus on my cast and assembled sculptures as well as my surface treatment and soda firing.

I have been working hard to put together my Pecha Kucha talk for my last class of Artist Inc on Monday.  I will try ask someone to record the talk and then I will post it.

I recently finished some new work that I am very excited about!  Some of the work is purely sculptural with minimalist surface decoration: raw porcelain fired in oxidation.  I also have some new soda fired vessels that are pretty amazing as well.

This piece was built around the central triaxial configuration.  As the work progresses I build intuitively, responding to the forms and negative spaces being created by the addition of component parts.

Here is a new artist statement written to address these new pieces:

This work focuses on geometric relationships, technology, and composition of space of and around objects.  I like to think of this combination of ideas as a metaphor for the future, through the advance of technology.  The modular units of my sculptures are designed using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software.  Prototypes are fabricated by hand, molded in plaster, and slip cast using porcelain clay.  My sculptures are sometimes constructed directly from CAD sketches but are often built intuitively, focusing on the interaction of individual units within the whole.

These pots feature flashing slips with mason stain additions or simply underglazes.  The two in the middle had their slip/stain sanded off prior to the firing to create the white dots.

Please visit my new site!  I am trying to get it moved up the search rankings so people will find it when they search for me!  I need your help!  Please click:

Thanks for your support and interest in my work!

March 3, 2010

Recent Work, New Series and Show!

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A large exhibition of my work (over 50 pieces) will be on display from Friday March 5 (opening reception 5 – 8pm) to April 15th at the Strecker Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas.  The show, Richly Pigmented, also features a nice group of painters and pastel artists.  See more work online at or in person at 406 1/2 Poyntz Manhattan Kansas.

Here is an image of my most recent teapot.  I really enjoy the interaction of the blue slip and the toasty orange of the soda brick.

I began a new series in early 2010.  It builds directly on the success of my teapot series while increasing the scale.  This new series is a departure from my previous concentration on the vessel, focusing on linear and planar interactions and the effects of soda firing.

Here is the second piece from this series.  It features a simple red art slip that responds wonderfully to soda and slow cooling.  This one has also been sandblasted.

Here is a CAD sketch and the subsequent piece created from the digital sketch.

In the actual piece I used one less unit than is pictured. It features my new favorite slip!

February 13, 2010

New Work

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Here are some images from last weekends firing….one of the best ever!

I think this is my favorite pot from the firing.  It features a tasty flashing slip with a good dose of blue stain added in for scrumptious color!

This one also might be my favorite……warm or cool?  Either way both are two of the most beautiful pots I’ve ever made.  The black tips of this jar show the effects of a reduction cooling which took place immediately after soda application.

January 13, 2010

New Geometric Vessel Work

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Yesterday I gave a demo for Annie Chritzenburg for an upcoming issue of Pottery Making Illustrated.  Here is an excellent picture she took of Clarabella and I in front of my display in my Studio at Red Star.

Look how happy Clarabella is!

Somehow I have neglected to post a huge volume of my work!  Ooops!  I had been extremely focused on the development of my sculptural work and somehow forgot to post images from my cast and assembled found object series!

Not to worry though, I now have an extraordinary amount of images to post and discuss!

I demoed the assembly of this jar for the PMI feature.  It was created from cut and assembled castings of a light globe object.  I have been working with this globe for a while and have created many variations using the same form.

One of my favorite alterations on this globe is a simple division of the basic shape.  This cut divides the globe into two bowls.

A flat bottom slab is poured into the small bowl.

Gotta love good flashing slips!  Sometimes the underside of a piece can be the most beautiful part!

The glaze I use for the interior of most of my bowls is called 3-D White.  It responds wonderfully to the geometric concavities of my vessels.

The larger bowl(image coming soon!) has cut and assembled legs applied to its underside.

January 6, 2010

Lastest Rhino Sketches

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Here are some of the latest sketches I created using Rhino.

This is a vessel form created from an array of my blog traffic graph.

I enjoy how forms can become architectural and monumental when they are draped with a plane.

This is a spikey globe form similar to the light cover I have been casting for a while now.  This is the first time I attempted to create one virtually.  I think it came out rather well.

I downloaded the “Flamingo” plug in for rhino, enabling me to apply surfaces to the forms I am creating.  This is a cracked earth texture that I got from a wonderful texture database:

This site has varying quality texture images low to high resolution that are all free!  An excellent resource if you want to render textures!

December 11, 2009

New Clay + Rhino Abstractions

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Here are some more images from my most recent firing, as well as some new work I am doing using rhino to create abstractions based directly on my clay work.

Another fine example of what the right flashing slip and firing will do for you.

This one features, Blair’s Red, a very nice slip.

These were created by tracing the planes from some teapots, then rotating the planes up into space and manipulating them into interesting new configurations.

December 5, 2009

Thanksgiving Reduction Fire – New Work

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Just prior to Thanksgiving I fired a large load of work in Red Star’s soda kiln.

I reduced the kiln heavily during the soda application and for an additional hour more after reaching cone 9 1/2 with the damper fully shut.

The flashing slips I have been using responded wonderfully.

They were applied to more than 10 teapot sculptures, 7 wonderful geometric globe bowls and 3 large vases.

This piece was finished by adding some an extra-white porcelain clay body(cone 6 Laguna frost) and an intense blue mason stain to a flashing slip that I commonly use.  I was quite pleased with the results and plan to to some testing very soon to dial in some other colors and tones.

Here is a  rare teapot that actually has glaze rather than flashing slip.  It is a modified version of Sam Chung’s Satin Mint.  The copper was removed and small amounts of titanium and tin were added.

I submitted these three images, and one to be shown soon, in support of my application to Artist, Inc a fantastic business course I hope to participate in this spring.

Here is an essay I wrote for the application to describe my work, my primary motivation and my passion for my medium.

My cast and assembled geometric teapot sculptures reference my initial attraction to the medium of clay, function.  Teapots are representative of the pinnacle of functional ceramic design.  My teapots are fully capable of dispensing tea; however my focus is a sculptural exploration of varied configurations of the components of the pot that are necessary for the delivery of tea.

Inspirations for my designs come from a love of geometry, modern architecture and farm machinery commonly seen while growing up in rural southeast Kansas.  I employ 3D-CAD software to accurately visualize objects prior to their construction.  I devote a significant amount of time to this design phase in order to insure versatility before the creation of a prototype.  Repeated production and reconfiguration of modular elements allows me to create and continually refine similar yet unique objects.  I construct my sculptures intuitively while adopting a meditative problem solving approach to the contemporary reinvention a historical form.

My vessels are soda fired, emphasizing their edges, planes and corners. The variability of this firing process enables me to maintain an element of risk and excitement in my practice.  This is due to my use of highly variable slips that depend on their placement, kiln atmosphere, and the application of soda during the firing to develop their surface finish.  My ability to manipulate these variables adds to the uniqueness of each individual work.

The challenges of becoming a successful artist, continual reinvention and betterment of my work, artistic expression and exploration of new ideas motivate me to be in the studio day after day.  I possess a strong work ethic and enjoy the challenges that face emerging artists.  I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to develop a career doing something that I love.  Through a personal blend of technology and art I feel I am making a significant contribution to contemporary society.

Since my first experience with clay four years ago I have been captivated by its physical directness and potential to change.  Opening a kiln is always exciting, as chances of unexpected and pleasing results can be farmed through taking calculated risks.  Clay must be handled carefully and intimately to avoid deformation and unwanted marks, yet it can also take on characteristics of metal as it can be constructed, welded and finally end up surprisingly strong and durable.

This is the last of the four images I included in my application for Artist, Inc.  It features a titanium yellow flashing slip that produces wonderful color variations.

Here is the second of the three essays that I wrote for the application, this one responding to:

What do you want your artistic career to look like five years from now?

Five years from now I want to have established an extensive support network for all aspects of my career.  I plan to accomplish this through building on several specific areas such as financial stability, critical networking and access to technology and resources.

I envision having a steady income through solid relationships with several galleries and museums.  I see these relationships enabling me to effectively manage production in my studio so that I am creating work for specific shows rather than spending additional time finding homes for work as it accumulates in the studio.  This kind of efficiency in the studio will allow me to budget effectively.  To compensate for production costs I foresee successful grant-writing as a regular activity, additionally allowing me access to technology and resources that may otherwise be unaffordable.  Rapid Prototyping is one such resource which I will access via outside assistance.  Incorporating this cutting edge technology into my process will allow me to bring forms into reality precisely as they have been designed and in the most effective way possible.

Maintaining and strengthening relationships with colleagues and collectors will ensure that I have continued access to honest and respected criticism.  I will also maintain close relationships with the institutions where I have studied and worked in the past.  This will allow me to stay in the loop, constantly able to view new ideas and approaches.  Relationships with these institutions will provide me with valuable opportunities to give presentations on my work, as well as supplying access to interns to aid in my studio work.

These goals will be achieved through my conviction in a consistent vision and the continued development of a convincing body of work.  This and a honed ability to articulate meaning and significance in my work will enable me to expand my audience though nationally viewed publications and personal promotion.  Establishing these support networks over the next five years will undoubtedly provide stability for the rest of my career.

This piece was purchased today, Hurray!  If you would like to purchase any of the work you see on this site, or would like to see more images of work I have available, please feel free to contact me through a comment!

Here is the third essay I wrote for the Artist, Inc. application, identifying key challenges and opportunities related to my career and how I think participation in the seminar would help me advance professionally.

I believe at this time in my career the most important challenge I am facing is establishing lasting financial stability from my art making practice.  This is a multi-faceted puzzle which I feel my undergraduate education failed to address.  I have found this to be a common theme for many other young artists.

The most obvious side of this puzzle is sales.  How and where to sell your work is not something often discussed with BFA candidates.  This is most likely due to the propensity for young artists work to change and the necessity of an appropriate match between an individual’s artwork and sales venue.  I am fortunate to have found one such match and the opportunity to maintain the relationship while I build new ones.

Learning to manage and balance my studio practice with writing, promotion and business practices is an area I know I need help with.  Participation in the Artist, Inc. seminar will unquestionably encourage me to think in depth about these problems.  Establishing a supportive local network of cross-disciplinary colleagues would be an enormous resource.  Developing strategies to manage and balance my artistic   career and life is essential.  I feel that the entire program would be invaluable, but I may gain the most from learning effective goal setting, budgeting and grant/fellowship hunting strategies.  Without learning many of the skills presented in this course, successful careers in art may happen only through luck or tremendous artistic ability.

Active participation in the growing Kansas City art scene is a huge opportunity.  I believe this is a wonderful place to develop as an artist.  I plan refine my work and relationships here and to expand my audience to a national level, assisting in the rise of Kansas City as a nationally renowned art hub.

More images to come very soon!

October 28, 2009

Rhino Sketchs

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I have been working on some new ideas for a new series of work, building on my current geometric teapot explorations.

This image shows a right angle corner module that will be the my basic building block for more complex forms.


Below is a composition shown from 4 different angles created from three copies of the above unit.

rhino sketch

Using CAD software enables me to accurately visualize forms before they ever physically exist.  I plan to sketch with Rhino for a few more weeks, while completing several more teapots for an upcoming firing; after which I will begin production of several different corner modules to explore over the next several years.

Here is an image of yesterday’s sketching.  Again the forms are all created from repeating an original modular component.  I have been enjoying this manner of working a great deal.  It is wonderful to finally blend my interests in technology, drafting and art.  Exploring new work using this method will undoubtedly improve the quality of my next series of slip cast ceramic sculpture.

rhino sketchs10 29

In this sketch I began with a rectangular box and cut it apart along several planes.  Multiple copies of various parts were assembled to create the large form.

sketch 10 5 09

Here is an assemblage of tessellating forms I am beginning to work with.

And one more wall type assemblage.

September 30, 2009

Beyond Bounds GLOW

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I recently submitted my piece to the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College for their amazing annual fundraiser event Beyond Bounds.  This year’s theme is Ruby Glow because it is the fortieth (Ruby)anniversary of JCCC.  I along with over 100 other prominent artists were invited to donate a piece to this event, using specially made ruby mediums.  The event will be held Saturday, October 24th, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Here is a link to the Beyond Bounds section of the Nerman’s website.  It is really pretty amazing, you can view images of the entire show by highlighting each artist’s name!

Here is an image of the piece I donated.  Be sure to check out the Beyond Bounds site for another view!

El Rojo

“El Rojo”

Slipcast and assembled porcelain, soda fired to cone 10 with Radiant Red Underglaze and Ruby Red 04 glaze, 7 1/2 x 10 7/8 x 6″

September 21, 2009

Beyond the Brickyard

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Here is one of the pieces that I entered into the Archie Bray Foundation’s Beyond the Brickyard Exhibition.

It is titled:   Hevonen

It is cone 10 soda fired procelain, and one of my favorite pieces I have created recently….wait a minute, make that ever….this piece is pretty amazing.

It’s a good thing I was able to enter a piece that I like so much.  This will likely be the toughest show I have ever entered.  The first time I heard of this show was at NCECA early this Spring, so I’m sure there will be tons of amazing work entered that I will be competing with.  Walter McConnell will be the juror.  I expect the show to be nothing short of amazing!

That being said, I will feel really great my work is accepted.

Hevonen A

Soon to come:  A special sneak peak the fantastic piece that I donated to the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual art auction:  Beyond Bounds  Glow

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