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Tom Kerrigan Workshop

Clay + Spirit - 2005

Join Thomas Kerrigan, University of Minnesota Professor Emeritus, for a two day hands-on workshop to create clay sculptures and sculptural vessel forms using simple handbuilding techniques. There will also be extensive exploration into surface treatments especially pre-fire approaches to surface. Kerrigan will give numerous demonstrations including his approaches to double-wall constructions and building forms upside-down.

The conceptual emphasis of the workshop will be to create objects that resonate both personally and spiritually...objects that express inner consciousness and have a personal spiritual resonance.

Kerrigan will present a slide lecture which shows the development of his work over a 30 year period. He will discuss each of the five distinctly different series he has worked on and talk about the influences behind each of these series and the common thread that connects them.

Tom taught at the University of Minnesota for 25 years before moving to Arizona, where he has maintained a studio nearly 20 years. He has taught, exhibited his work, and served as an artist in residence throughout the US, as well as in Latvia, China, Uzbekistan, Australia, Canada and Mexico. His work has been highlighted in recent years in Ceramics: Art and Perception and Ceramics Monthly, and he is in great demand hosting workshops throughout the country frequently.

"I think of art as physical manifestations of vibrations of the soul. My home and studio are in the Sonoran desert of Arizona; the desert is a source of spiritual sustenance for me, and in my current body of work, I celebrate the essence of the desert. A common thread through all the work is texture, an element of the desert that excites my tactile sense. Some of the forms are quiet and meditative in countenance, while others are bold and direct and sometimes make reference to the sensual and erotic. In all, 'desert' speaks loudly," comments Kerrigan.

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Artist talk w/slides
March 11, 2005, 7:00 pm
Free to the public
Two day Workshop
Hands On
March 12-13, 2005
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thomas Kerrigan Bio

After completing my MFA degree at Ohio University I continued to be a producing artist during the years that I taught at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and at the University of Minnesota at Duluth. During my artistic career I have explored five different series of work, each springing from a different well of inspiration and pieces from each of the series have been exhibited in regional and national exhibitions and occasionally international venues. My home and studio is now in Tucson, AZ and, from this location, I travel extensively to conduct workshops throughout the United States and in foreign countries; my most recent foreight invitation was to lecture and exhibit at the International Ceramics Symposium in Foshan, China in October 2002. My work is in numerous museum, corporate, and private collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the American Craft Museum in NY, and the Puskin Museum in Moscow.

Thomas Kerrigan Artist Statement

I am intrigued by spaces that are not accessible to the human eye but are accessible to the human spirit. I use textural forms to entice the spirit to penetrate to the interior of an unknown but vaguely familiar environment. The elements that I juxtapose are intended to create a dialogue that moves toward meditation. I aim to create a spiritual resonance in the works and my goal is that they will create a calming, healing effect. They are external objects but are intended to cause an inner shift of mood or focus.

My works are done in earthenware clay and fired to earthenware temperatures. Each piece is built with the pinch method of construction; small dabs of clay are added until the form is complete. When complete, I will then often go back and texture the surface. Each piece is fired three times, a different temperature for each effect wanted. In addition to stains and glazes on the surfaces, I also embed metallic projections into most of the works.