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Conner McKissack

Conner McKissack

Conner McKissack’s pieces are intimate in scale and express the tactility of clay through soft matte glazes often created through the atmospheric firing process. The works are softly colored and pleasing to hold. The designs for each piece are derived through drawings. Forms are then constructed through hand built and wheel thrown elements. Conner enhances the softness and implicit tactility by working with wet clay to preserve the plasticity and capture the idea of fluidity.

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Conner McKissack Artist Statement

My interests in food, contemporary design and culture inform my work as a functional potter. My forms are designed after careful observation of everyday behavior, and with a respect for traditional and ideas about ritual. Working with multiples, like twin pouring vessels, or stacked serving bowls to create groupings, allows me to engage the viewer within an intimate setting to invite sensory contact. These pieces are intimate in scale and express the tactility of clay through soft matte glazes often created through the atmospheric firing process. The works are softly colored and pleasing when held in one's hand.

The pottery is derived through drawings. Forms are then constructed through hand built and wheel thrown elements. I enhance the softness and implicit tactility by working with wet clay to preserve the plasticity and capture the idea of fluidity. I believe that my sensitivity to the fluidity of the materials makes the objects seem friendly, touchable and easy to use. My pottery maintains economy in design and does not require in-depth analysis but inspires an emotional connection.



Conner McKissack Artist Resume

Education:
2004, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Masters of Fine Arts Candidate
2003, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Experience:
2005, Instructor–Beginning Wheel throwing: Leisure Course @ J. Wayne Reitz Union, University of Florida
2004, Kiln Room Technician, University of Florida
2003, Ceramics Studio Technician, Valdosta State University
Exhibitions:
2005, 500 Pitchers (publication) Lark Books
2005, System(s), two person show. J. Wayne Reitz Union Gallery, Gainesville, Fl
2005, 500 Cups (publication) Lark Books
2005, The Clay Cup X: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
2005, University of Florida Juried Student Exhibition, Gainesville, FL
2004, Clayboration , Oak Hall Student Gallery, Gainesville, FL
2004, University of Florida Ceramics, Media Image Gallery, Gainesville, FL
2003, Valdosta State University Juried Student Exhibit, Valdosta, GA