Brooks Oliver
Artist Biography:
Brooks Oliver is a studio artist and an assistant professor and program coordinator of ceramics at the University of North Texas. He taught in Jingdezhen, China in 2016 with West Virginia University and regularly teaches workshops in and out of university settings. In 2017 he was named an Emerging Artist by the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts. He actively exhibits work and has recently been included in exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art, Ulrich Museum of Art, the Lacoste Kean Gallery, Northern Clay Center, The Archie Bray Foundation, the Dallas Pottery Invitational, the Penland Gallery, Santa Fe Clay, Belger Crane Yard, and Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum.
Creative Concept:

The ambition of my work is to reimagine and reinterpret the familiar functional vessel. By isolating, altering, and exploiting the necessary components of a vessel, I attempt to provide new visions of utilitarian ceramic wares.

My work inherently blurs the boundaries between craft, design, industry, and technology as I am inspired by the charged grey areas between these binaries. By marrying the production techniques of CAD software and rapid prototyping technologies with the creation techniques of the hand, a unique dialog can be formed between the digital and clay that ultimately influences both ways of making.