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Nicholas Bivins

Nicholas Bivins

Nicholas Bivins’ vocabulary of clean lines, geometric precision and contemporary sensibility gives his work a feel of perfection, yet ultimate usability. His attention to detail in all of his handmade work makes for highly functional, uniquely handmade objects for use. The reductive minimal aesthetic found in his work is abstracted from his appreciation for all things precisely done with style.

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Nicholas Bivins Set of 8 Toasting Cups at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Set of 2 Cruets at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Stein at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Soap Dish at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Butter Dish at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Small Plate at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Small Plate at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Small Plate at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Small Plate at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Small Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Small Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Medium Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Large Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Large Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Tumbler at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Liquor Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Liquor Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Liquor Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Liquor Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Liquor Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins Liquor Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Nicholas Bivins at MudFire

Solo show Pursuing Perfection, September 2011

 

Nicholas Bivins Artist Statement

I make utilitarian wares using a precise, clean, and efficient geometric language as I maintain an obsessive interest in looking for a personal definition of perfectly handmade. It is this fascination that propels me to practice my craft every day while continually searching for a satisfying balance of how much evidence of handwork I put in, and how much handwork I take out.

I am curious how functional pots continue to retain relevance in our contemporary society not only from elemental necessities of use and food service, but due to our indispensable need for connections to expressive thought. Being a studio potter provides me an opportunity to invent individual functional ceramic ware which will improve user's lives by satisfying needs for objects surrounding them to have emotional, imaginative, and personal relationships to one maker.

Through use, the connection between maker and user stimulates the body and mind by providing a dynamic daily experience that helps keep life from becoming anonymous and mundane. The simultaneous attention of the user on the objects and the attention of objects on the user reveal the unique nature of personal production for personal use. The act of use is then enriched by objects that require the viewers' attention while at the same time allowing them to enjoy the experience of replenishment. This perpetual shifting in focus shows that through function, the object holds power in its passive waiting for an active participant in the experience. This precise manipulation of the viewer/user allows a more conscientious operation thus presenting questions about what occurs when the perceived traditional definition of handmade is denied, the ambiguity of perfection, and the role that objects play in our lives.

 

Nicholas Bivins Artist Bio

Originally from the California Bay Area, Nicholas has received degrees from the University of Washington (B.F.A., B.A.) and Ohio University (M.F.A.). He has been an artist-in-residence at Red Lodge Clay Center and is currently a long-tem resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana where he is the recipient of the Matsutani Fellowship.

Nicholas makes highly functional, uniquely handmade objects for use. The reductive minimal aesthetic found in his work is abstracted from his appreciation for all things precisely done with style. The ceramic pieces are high-fire slip cast porcelain with glaze and decals; the trays the pots rest upon are CNC-milled MDF, with automotive paint.





Nicholas Bivins Artist Resume

Education:
Ohio University - Athens, Ohio MFA: Ceramics 2006-2009
University of Alaska - Anchorage, Alaska Post-Baccalaureate 2004-2005
University of Washington - Seattle, Washington BFA: Ceramics 2001-2004, BA: Interdisciplinary Visual Art 1997-2
Residencies:
Archie Bray Foundation Helena, Montana 2010-present
Red Lodge Clay Center Red Lodge, Montana 2009-2010
Selected Exhibitions:
2012
(upcoming)Prototypes, Red Lodge Clay Center - Red Lodge, Montana
(upcoming)FUN-ctional, Northern Clay Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota
2011
(upcoming)Fellowship Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation - Helena, Montana
(upcoming)Nicholas Bivins Solo Exhibition, MudFire Gallery - Decatur, Georgia
(upcoming)Interpreting the Cup, Crimson Laurel Gallery - Bakersville, North Carolina
(upcoming)Cups and Coffee, The Clay Studio - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(current)Decorum, Santa Fe Clay - Santa Fe, New Mexico
(current)Resident Artists and 2011 Artists to the Edge, Archie Bray Foundation - Helena, Montana
Ceramics: Post-Digital Design, American Museum of Ceramic Art - Pomona, California
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Bellevue Art Museum Store - Bellevue, Washington
ABF Residents and Visiting Artists from 2010, NCECA, The Train Station - St. Petersburg, FL
Pouring Permanence, NCECA, Interior Motives - St. Petersburg, FL
La Mesa, NCECA, Santa Fe Clay - St. Petersburg, FL
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR - Iowa City, Iowa
The Casting Party, Red Star Studios - Kansas City, Missouri
Lawrence Arts Center Benefit Art Auction, Lawrence Art Center - Lawrence, Kansas
La Mesa in Santa Fe, Santa Fe Clay - Santa Fe, New Mexico
accessCeramics, Juried Online Catalog of Contemporary Ceramic Artists
2010
Gifted I + II, The Clay Studio - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
'Tis a Gift, Northern Clay Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Archie Bray at Kolva-Sullivan, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery - Spokane, Washington
Steins, Pints, and Plates, Carbondale Clay Center - Carbondale, Colorado
BAM Biennial, Bellevue Art Museum - Bellevue, Washington
Residents' Farewell Exhibition, Red Lodge Clay Center - Red Lodge, Montana
NCECA Gallery Expo, NCECA, Red Lodge Clay Center - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
La Mesa, NCECA, Santa Fe Clay - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR - Iowa City, Iowa
Containment, Crimson Laurel Gallery - Bakersville, North Carolina
ArtAxis, Juried Online Catalog of Contemporary Ceramic Artists - www.artaxis.org
Functional Relationships, Mississippi University for Women - Columbus, Mississippi
31st Annual Contemporary Crafts, Mesa Contemporary Arts - Mesa, Arizona
Altitude, Baltimore Clayworks - Baltimore, Maryland
Beyond The Brickyard II, Archie Bray Foundation - Helena, Montana
2009
Objects of Virtue, Bedford Gallery - Walnut Creek, California
Cups, Santa Fe Clay - Santa Fe, New Mexico
30 x 5, AKAR - Iowa City, Iowa - Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition, Wichita Center for the Arts - Wichita, KS
f(x), MFA Thesis Exhibition, Trisolini Gallery - Athens, Ohio
La Mesa, NCECA, Santa Fe Clay - Phoenix, Arizona
Handcrafted, Rocky Mount Arts Center - Rocky Mount, North Carolina
International Cup, Clay Studio of Missoula - Missoula, Montana
Awards:
Matsutani Fellowship, Archie Bray Foundation
West Coast Travel Fellowship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Summer Conference
Bedford Gallery Guild Artist Cash Award, Objects of Virtue, Bedford Gallery
Pocono Choice Award, Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center
HACC Student Award, Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center
Director's Purchase Award, Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition, Wichita Center for the Arts
NICHE Finalist, Ceramics: Functional, Student Category
Publications:
American Craft, June/July 2011 - "Push It - At Archie Bray, tradition means innovation"
Ceramics Monthly, April 2011 - "From the Center to the Edge, The Archie Bray turns 60"
Ceramics Monthly, April 2011 - "Matthew Kangas Review of BAM Biennial 2010"
Ceramics Monthly, May 2010 - "Emerging Artist"
Diablo Magazine, March 2010 - Cover Image, Food Scene: "Kitchen Art"
Ceramics Monthly, December 2009 - "Focus on Functional Pots"
Ceramic Arts Daily, Nov. 11th, 2009 - "Let's Talk Function: Two Potters Discuss Making Handmade Pottery for Use"
Teaching Experience:
Kiln Technician, Archie Bray Foundaiton Community Class Studio, Summer 2011 to Spring 2012
Advanced Ceramics, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena Montana, Summer 2011
3-Person Workshop, Santa Fe Clay, 1-day demo coinciding with Decorum show opening, Spring 2011
Intermediate Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Archie Bray Foudation, Helena Montana, Winter 2011
Beginning Ceramics, Muddy Lamb Studio, Fishtail Montana, Spring 2010
Community Instructor, Red Lodge Clay Center, Fall 2009, Winter 2010, Spring 2010
Visiting Artist, Bogedon Cultural, Los Vilos Chile, Summer 2009
Intermediate Wheel Throwing (Instructor of Record), Ohio University, Spring 2009
Drawing II: Color and Systems (Instructor of Record), Ohio University, Winter 2009
Beginning Wheel Throwing (Instructor of Record), Ohio University, Fall 2008
3-D Design (Instructor of Record), Ohio University, Spring 2008
Intermediate Ceramics: Mold Making (Graduate Assistant), Ohio University, Winter 2008
Beginning Wheel Throwing (Instructor of Record), Ohio University, Fall 2007
Woodfire with Jason Hess (Graduate Assistant), Ohio University, Summer 2007
Beginning Wheel Throwing (Graduate Assistant), Ohio University, Spring 2007, Winter 2007, Fall 2006