Margaret BohlsMinneapolis, Minnesota

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Margaret Bohls earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Louisiana State University. She taught at Sam Houston State University, was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, and has taught workshops at Greenwich House Pottery and Clay Art Center, New York, Northern Clay Center at Minneapolis, Utilitarian Clay Conference, Arrowmont, and the Alabama Clay Conference. She has been written about in Ceramics Monthly and has been exhibiting work nationally since 1994. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Minnesota.

I approach my pottery in several ways. I consider my pieces as functional forms. Functional forms for me are about touch and about communication through use. I consider them as decorative objects; objects intended to visually embrace their surroundings. I wish my forms to seem familiar and comfortable while still engaging the user and creating visual interest. I also consider my forms as sculptural objects.
I think about formal relationships of proportion, shape, color, surface and form. I also think about the relationships between two or more forms when they come together in a group or set. I think about these sets as three-dimensional still lifes.
My work focuses on the idea of the artist as collector. I consider myself a collector of forms and techniques. I have built a vocabulary of styles, color palettes and forms. I enjoy the freedom of working with diverse building, glazing and firing methods. I enjoy taking a set form such as a teapot and interpreting it in many different ways. I collect my ideas from diverse sources. Many of these sources, however, lie within the history of ceramics. Chinese and Korean celadons, Turkish and Iranian tin-glazed earthenware, and American manufactured pottery from the 1940’s and 50’s, such as Hall China and Russell Wright are just a few of these sources.