Paul S. Briggs, 2021 McBride Fellow in Ceramics - Lecture
Oct 27, 2021
Visual Arts Building, E125
107 River Street, Iowa City, IA 52246
Dr. Paul Briggs was born in Beacon, NY and he grew up in the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York. He is presently an Associate Professor of Art Education at the Massachusetts College of Art and Director of the historic Saturday Studios Program. He completed his PhD at the Pennsylvania State University, his MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and his MA at Alfred University. He researches art making as mindful practice, visual culture and representation in the classroom, and the place of the vessel in contemporary ceramic art.
Paul is a ceramic artist who primarily uses slab-building and pinch-forming techniques. “Slab-building is my ‘primary’ method of expression. It is what I do to think through ideas and concretely philosophize. Pinch-forming is what I do to find flow and be present. I have a meditative practice. Therefore, my work often explores the inner resources individuals and communities develop in order to maintain equanimity in the face of failing personal supports and demoralizing social systems.”
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