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Clay Leonard

Clay Leonard

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Houston , TX

Clay Leonard currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Houston – Clear Lake in Houston, Texas.  Prior to his appointment at UHCL, he was the Area Head of Ceramics at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH for three years. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in Art with a focus on Ceramics from Bowling Green State University and was nominated for an outstanding thesis award for his thesis exhibition and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 3-D Studio Arts from Adrian College in Michigan in 2006.

Clay has also been an Artist-in-Residence at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas and at Guldagergaard: International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark.

His current research focuses on the important ritual of sharing a meal, utilizing ceramic serving forms as a catalyst for interaction and communication.  His work has been featured in various international and national exhibitions, including being selected for the 2014 international exhibitions “Lively Experiments: NCECA Biennial” at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and “Beyond the Brickyard” at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. His work has also been included in multiple publications including being featured in the May 2009 issue of Ceramics Monthly, as an Emerging Artist. 

Artist Statement

Some of my favorite childhood memories were formed around the dinner table with family and friends, eating and engaging in conversation. These experiences have informed my interest in and research of utilitarian objects.  I am drawn to the communal aspects of serving vessels and the rich cultural history of these objects, while continuing to investigate their contemporary social significance.  Through my work, I highlight the important ritual of sharing a meal, utilizing my ceramic serving forms as a catalyst for interaction and communication.

Formally, I’m interested in the sculptural considerations of minimal form and surface, striking a balance between pristine design and qualities of the handmade object.  I have an affinity for crisp lines, creative innovation and simple geometric form and pull inspiration from mass-produced objects and minimalism, but instill the work with subtly, softness, and nuance through the process of production.  Repetition plays a significant role, as I utilize the stacking and interaction of multiple forms to mimic the works intent through form and surface while making connections to mass production and social interactions.

My current body of work draws upon this strength and utilizes my communal vessel forms to reinforce the social significance of this dwindling tradition.  Offering an incentive for interpersonal interaction and to reclaim the table.



Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Jim Aden
Liana Agnew
Joel Anderson
Mark Arnold
Michael Ashley
Posey Bacopoulos
Shawn Teseo Ballarin
Green Bee
Jessica Brandl
Wes Brown
Matt Bukrey
Larry Buller
Donna Burdic
Anne Burton
Elaine Buss
Jen Carlson
Neil Celani
Austin Coudriet
Drew Curtright
Lindsey Day
Amanda Durig
Adrienne Eliades
Paul Eshelman
Katelyn Farneth
Lynette Fast
Anna Gadek
PJ Hargraves
Mark Hargraves
Sarah Jentsch
Kyle Johns
G.V. Kelley
Josh Knutson
Mary Koziol
Brad Krieger
Louis LaBudda
Lynn Latta
Clay Leonard
Sam Loeffler
Carol Long
Anika Major
Susan McGilvrey
Tom Meyers
Catie Miller
Katie Nieland
Kyle Nobles
Samantha Oliver
Sarah Olsen
Cathy Patterson
Christy Puetz
Brittany Rea
Sarah Rowe
Sophia Ruppert
Erin Ryan
Agnes Seebass
Sarah Shoot
José Sierra
Sarah Smelser
Shannon Smith
Maria Spiess
Susan Stark-Johnson
Evan Stoler
Patty Talbert
Harry Tompkin
Tara Tonsor
April White
Tara Dawley
11/6/20 to 12/30/20
Multiple Mediums

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