Brad Schwieger has been teaching at Ohio University since 1990 and is presently a Professor of Art and Ceramics Area Chairman. Prior to that he was an Associate Professor at Vincennes University in Indiana (1985-1990). Brad received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Utah State University in 1983 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1981. Brad has shown his ceramics nationally and internationally. His work has been included in exhibitions through out the U.S.A., Japan, Korea, Taiwan, England, Germany, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Spain.
Brad has been a resident artist at the Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana, 2009. International Ceramics Symposium, Bechyne, Czech Republic, 2006. Seto Ceramic and Glass Art Center, Seto, Japan, 2005 and 2001. Watershed Center for Ceramics in New Castle, Maine, 2003 and 1997. Gallery Estudi, Poble Espanyol, Barcelona, Spain, 2002.
The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana, 1998. Kunstlerhaus 188, Halle, Germany, 1999. Burg Giebichenstein, School for Art and Design, Halle, Germany, 1996. Jiesia International Porcelain Symposium, Kaunus, Lithuania, 1994. Romhild International Ceramics Symposium, Romhild, Germany, 1993.
His gallery affiliations include: Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana, Washington Street Gallery, Lewisburg, West Virginia. Brad has presented workshops and lectures at more than 80 Universities, Colleges and Art Centers including the Penland School for Arts and Crafts, NC, Arrowmont School for Crafts, TN, Anderson Ranch Art Center, CO, Peters Valley Art Center, NJ, Santa Fe Clay, NM and the Appalachian School for Crafts, TN. His work is included in numerous collections including the Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC. His work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, Clay Times, Ceramics Art and Perception as well as several textbooks.
I started thinking about the work for this show nearly a year ago. I have focused on making and firing the work for the past six to eight months. The gallery was interested in having me generate pieces that address both utility and sculpture. This gave me the freedom to explore several ideas without sticking to a title or theme, for example, soda firing, wood firing, functional ceramics etc. My thinking was that after 30 years of working with clay my fingerprint would be recognizable in all of the work. Iâ€™m not certain that is always a good thing. I am a potter by heart; passionate about work that I can use each day and work that people will appreciate as part of their lives. I am also interested in sculptural work, work that investigates ideas as conceptual questions. The work in this show is informed by pottery, landscape, architecture and a long list of artists, people and experiences Iâ€™ve had in my life.