Featured Artist – Bill Wilkey – Red Lodge Clay Center

Featured Artist – Bill WilkeyJul 06, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018

Curatorial Statement

Artist’s Reception: Friday, July 6, 2018 from 5-7 pm MT

Exhibition Posted Online: Monday, July 9, 2018 by 10 am MT

Crafting an object that can potentially exist beyond my own intention allows me to be a part of someone’s daily ritual or individual escape. The intimacy of a cup or bowl becomes something the user can abide by and confide in. In turn, the discipline of making these objects of integrity becomes a safe haven of my very own.

Observations from specific past experiences are formative to the process. For example, while investing the time to refine the planes of every pot, I recall taking care to counter-sink each finishing nail into a bookshelf built with my father.  The uninterrupted contour of my forms are linked to the memory of standing on top of a dome in Florence and realizing how long it has stood the test of time and will continue to do so well past my lifetime. Handling a thoughtfully made mug on a daily basis reminds me of using a quality built tool. Both cultivate trust between the user and the maker.
– Bill Wilkey