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TED NEAL

# 1 $75

# 2 $75

# 3 $75

Yunomi #1 Stoneware with Iron bearing slip

Yunomi #2 Stoneware with Iron bearing slip

Yunomi #3 Stoneware with Iron bearing slip

# 4 $75 Yunomi #4 Stoneware with Iron bearing slip

# 5 $75 Yunomi #5 Stoneware with Iron bearing slip

ARTIST STATEMENT

ARTIST BIO

In all of my work one constant is my use of the vessel as a framework upon which to hang concepts of utility and selfexpression. Specifically, my utilitarian work is most satisfactory when a single object occupies space as both a useful object and one that also embodies loftier ideas such as beauty, connectedness and shared kinesthetic experiences.

Born and raised in rural upstate New York, Ted has received degrees from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (MFA 1998), Utah State University (BFA 1995), and Brigham Young University Idaho (AAS 1991). After graduate school Ted taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He moved back to Logan Utah in 2001 to take the position of technology instructor and studio coordinator for the ceramics area at Utah State University. (2001 – 2006) His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including: Earth Matters NCECA 2010 Invitational in Philadelphia, PA, Strictly Functional Pottery National in East Petersburg PA, Forms and Shapes: The Useful Teapot at AKAR Gallery in Iowa City, IA, NCECA Clay National in Columbus, OH, and Feats of Clay XXIII at Lincoln Arts in Lincoln, CA. Ted is currently a studio artist and Associate Professor of Ceramics in the School of Art at Ball State University in Muncie Indiana.

The concept of pure function is to me a misnomer, and I challenge the notion than any object can really fit this description. If I envision the work as a truly useful object then it can really only be complete when it is employed in that role daily. It is my hope that the object is not passive, but participates by elevating awareness during the experience. All of these vessels are thrown using an iron rich stoneware clay body. While no glaze has been applied to the surfaces, I do utilize high iron slips and clays on the bisque surfaces. Each is then fired in a train style wood kiln in a process called reduction cooling. This process creates natural ash glazes common to most wood fired forms, but also promotes the dark metallic surfaces by a controlled reduction of oxides (primarily iron) in the cooling cycle.

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