chris theiss-art

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In November, Hand Building, the first title in Lark’s new Ceramics for Beginners series, will hit the shelves. One of Chris Theiss' ceramic pieces, "Dummy", will be featured in this new publication.

New Hampshire Institute of Art
Ceramics Biennial Exhibition 2008
October 8-November 7, 2008

New Canaan- Silvermine Guild Galleries
Craft USA 2008
November 16th- December 23rd

Helena, Montana
Archie Bray Foundation
Beyond the Brickyard
January 31st- March 15, 2009

Spring Quarter 2010 - Skagit Valley College
Art- Ceramics 241 & 242
Day-0271 & 0276- (Mon & Tues) 1:30-3:40 H119
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University of California Davis, Davis, CA.
MFA, Studio Art, 1992

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I.
BFA, Ceramics, 1990.

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Foundation Program, 1985-1986.

Personal places are my subject matter. These familiar spaces that surround me in the present and resonate in my memory are deconstructed and then reconstructed into new forms. If I had to describe my objects using one word it would be “reconstructions”. This term may seem clinical but it is well suited to my general concept. Within these spaces I also include the utilitarian and decorative objects that I intimately connect with on a daily basis. Chairs, lamps, bowls, etc., are the details that bring the viewer up close to the work. By controlling this physical distance I establish an intimate connection between the viewer and the object. Creating representational space in a form that is meant to be experienced in the round poses great challenges. There always seem to be vantage points where the perspective may be exaggerated but still makes a certain amount of sense. The transitions between these points are the more difficult areas but are essential to whether or not the piece has a visual flow.

Recent Works:

Back to It 2004
Ceramic, Vitreous Slip, Sgraffito
7.75”x 5.5”x 5”

A Little Askew 2004
Ceramic, Vitreous Slip, Sgraffito
7.5” x 6” x 4.5”

It Is What It Is 2005
Ceramic, Vitreous Slip, Sgraffito
11”x 5”x 6”

Up Down Around 2005
Ceramic, Vitreous Slip, Sgraffito
9.5”x 5.5”x 5.5”

A Bubble Off Plumb 2006
Ceramic, Vitreous Slip, Sgraffito
9.5” x 9” x 5”

Dummy 2006
Ceramic, Vitreous Slip, Sgraffito
12" x 8" x 5"

What's the Matta Clark? 2007
Ceramic, Vitreous Slip, Sgraffito
11" x 9" x 6.5"

Notkin' Around the Cupboard 2007
Ceramic, Vitreous Slip, Sgraffito
8.5" x 8" x 5.5"

Artist Resume & additional information upon request.