Andrew Massey's industrial ceramic style is etched with Steampunk sensibility. Ripped from the pages of Jules Verne, the geared pouring machines, "welded" drinking vessels, miniature turbines that make up goblet stems and handles...these pieces leave the viewer literally riveted to the spot.
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Andrew Massey at MudFire
Andrew Massey Artist Bio
I was always interested in machinery, architecture, and design and had even started studying mechanical engineering at Clemson University. On the opposite end, there was something else that had always intrigued me was glass art and sculpting with fire. I was encouraged to take a workshop one summer and that is when I turned to seriously consider studying art. I had transferred to Anderson University but they did not have a glass program, so I did the next best thing, got my hands in some clay. From there it was history, I fell in love with the material and how it could be shaped on the wheel, sculpted and even changed back to stone through the help of fire. I then changed my major for the final time. The spring of my last year at school I assisted local potter Rob Gentry with a few commissions and really learned what it meant to be a studio artist, seeing that it could be done. After graduating I was drawn in by Asheville and became a Resident Artist at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts where I am very excited about exploring my current body of work.
Andrew Massey Artist Statement
The balance between functionality and sculpture is alluring. My work is typically thrown on the wheel and altered or assembled with many components. I do not attempt to fool the eye but instead I create objects inspired by industrial workings while retaining some of the quality of clay. Living and working in an industrial district as well as my love of rough, mechanical objects flows through each of my pieces. I enjoy the process of assembling and how it relates to the mechanical world. While I do not always work from a sketch, I instead sometimes solve the visual problems from a box of components where I see how each interacts with one another. The Gestalt principles of visual perception inspire me to craft each of these components to be a vital part of the entire piece. The dialogue that grows from my interaction with the clay is necessary to my artistic process; I have an ever-evolving connection to these pieces. This clay, coming from decomposed granite millions of years ago, and now returning to its stone like state when fired, inspire patience, diligence, and determination. I look forward to every day I can learn from this ancient art form.