Talking Clay 2: Perspectives on a Passion
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Simon Levin and Steven Rolf are passionate about pots. They have been involved with pots for a long time. Making pots. Teaching pots. Looking at pots. Talking about pots. And talking some more. Their thoughtful analysis and study of ceramics have been inspirational and instructional to their students and apprentices over the years, but what about the rest of us? Good news! We caught some of their clay conversations on video and can now share them with the Ceramic Arts Network audience. In this follow up to Talking Clay: Perspectives on a Passion, Simon and Steven share their thoughts and observations on some of the beautiful pots in their collections, as well as some of their own.
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About the Artist
Simon Levin fell in love with the movement of flame through a wood-kiln in 1993. Its sensuous quality is something he seeks to capture in his work with soft forms, full curves, and flame paths etched into the surface. This quest led him to an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. In 2013, Simon was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Taiwan exploring the potential of local materials. Recently he was a visiting artist, lecturer, and kiln builder at The China Academy of the Arts in Hangzhou. Currently, Simon is in the process of moving his pottery to Pawnee, Illinois. To learn more about Simon and see images of his work, please visit https://simonlevin.com/.
Steven Rolf holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and a BS in Broad Area Arts from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. He also apprenticed under Wang Hui Ming, a master painter and wood engraver. Steven exhibits his work throughout the United States and has received a number of national awards. He also lectures and teaches workshops throughout the country. His work resides in noted private and national and international museum collections, as well as numerous kitchen cupboards. To learn more and see images of his work, please visit http://scrolfpotter.com.