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David Bolton is a potter and is the Head of Ceramics at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. Where he started teaching in 2005. Previously Bolton worked as the Ceramics and Sculpture Tech at Central Michigan University from 1998 to 2004.
Bolton references textile patterns and patterns from other sources and applies them to the “fabric” of the clay. Often these patterns are tessellations, patterns that repeat and go on and on, only to be met with a seam, a lip, a foot and then continue on in the next panel in a different direction. Many of these patterns are nostalgic, such as paisleys, plaids, checkerboard, houndstooth, and other loud patterns found on 1970-era clothing. The patterns are created digitally using sign vinyl, sand blasting, and then wood-firing. The idea of new and old process is evident, but in the end his work utilizes the variation in color and soft flowing flash marks and flux created by the kiln atmosphere that blurs the tight edge designs. The firing gives the “fabric” a sense of time and wear like an old garment.
Bolton received his BFA at the University of Evansville in Indiana with Les Miley in 1991, and his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with Bill Farrell, Jim Lawton, and Kitty Ross in 1994. Bolton has exhibited at LillStreet Gallery and won the Best of Show at 4th Annual LillStreet International: Below the Surface. In addition, he has exhibited at Anthony Schaller Gallery, AKAR Gallery, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Duhbe Carreno Gallery, Market House Craft Center, Wayne Art Center, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, and Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation. His work also appears in publications such as Ceramics Monthly, Clay times, and the 500 Teapots book.