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KARROS, ALEC
KARROS, ALEC
NEW JERSEY
My interest in pots is rooted equally in their ability to function in our contemporary domestic landscape, what they tell us about our social cultural histories and the material-alchemical processes involved in making them.

Pots have always been a major player in my home life, a source of physical and aesthetic nourishment. The table is their context and their function is their meeting. They enrich our lives, revealing unexpected beauty in unexpected moments. I'm often struck by an elegantly proportioned foot while washing the dishes, the feel of an awkward handle on a cup as I drink my morning coffee, the magical luminosity of the clay and glaze as light comes through the window at certain times of the day…

Pots also connect me to our human past. I can imagine the grace, fluidity and eccentric symmetry of Minoan court life by studying swelling forms and aquatic patters of their ewers. The restraint and elegance of the Song dynasty is revealed in their subtle celadons. Oribe baskets reveal an imperfect and joyful world. The optimism of the new and the possible is readily apparent in the tableware of the mid twentieth century.

Making post has been simultaneously sublime and ridiculous. The techniques and processes are arduous, unforgiving and mystifying. The results are often disappointing. I fail more that I succeed and yet the entire enterprise addicting. The possibility of transforming inert, contrary mass in forms of grace and beauty is irresistible.

Education

1982 Masters of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI
1980 Bachelors of Fine Arts, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia PA

Professional Experience

1998-present Visiting Assistant Prof., University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1994-present Proprietor, Bull's Eye Pottery, Mountainville, NJ
1993-94 Visiting Assistant Prof., University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1992-93 Visiting Assistant Prof., Acting Ceramics Chair, University of Colorado-Boulder
1991-92 Visiting Assistant Prof., Ceramics, State University of New York, Oswego NY
1986-91 Senior Lecturer, Ceramics, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia,

Workshops(selected)

2000-
Panel Moderator, "The Content of Function", National Council for Education in The Ceramic Arts Annual Meeting, Denver, CO
1999-
Instructor, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
Visiting Artist/Lecturer, Michigan Potters Guild, Dearborn, MI
Visiting Artist/Lecturer, St Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO
1998
Visiting Artist/Lecturer, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg,
1997
Instructor, Foundation for Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ

Exhibitions(selected)

2000
Platters and Plates, Pewabic Pottery. Detroit Michigan
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Phila. PA
Drinking Vessels, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
1999
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Phila. PA
Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
1998
Solo Exhibition, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
The Elegant Table, The Klay Gallery, Nyack, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Phila. PA
Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museuem, Washington,DC
1997
Domestic Pottery, Joanne Rapp Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Art for the Table, Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles,CA
Form and Function, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI
Tabletops, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1996
Solo Exhibition, Keystone College, La Plume, PA
Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museuem, Washington,DC
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Phila. PA
1995
Art for the Table, Jenison Meacham Art Center, Belmond IA
Cups, Artspace Gallery, Seattle WA
Function, Nancy Margolis Gallery, Portland, ME
1994
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA
Studio Days, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA
1993
The American Way, Aberswyth Art Centre, Wales, England (traveling)
Invitational, Museum of the Laumeir Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Phila. PA
1992
Solo Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational, Shircliff Gallery, Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN
Invitational, Johnstown and Blair Art Museum, Johnstown, PA
Invitational, Washington Potters Guild, Seattle, WA
For the House and Garden, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
Invitational, Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1991
NCECA Clay National, Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe, AZ
The Ubiquitous Bowl, Vermont State Craft Center, Middlebury, VT
Clay as Utilitarian Object, Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburgh, FL
Great Lakes States Works of Clay, Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI
The Art of Dining, Luckenbach Mill Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
Contemporary Dinnerware, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990
Monarch Tile Ceramics National, San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo, TX
Studio Days, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA
The Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisgurgh, PA
The Ceremony of Drinking, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
1989
Wyoming Clay National, Nicolayson Art Museum, Casper, WY
Teapots, Lee Sclar Gallery, Morristown, NJ
For the Table, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
The Craft Enigma, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Univ. of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1988
Decorative Function, Three person show, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Majolica, The Elements, Greenwich, CN
Fired Up, Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1987
Solo Exhibit, Maccauley Gallery, Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Vessels: An Eclectic View, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
1986
Mostra, Cortona, Italy Contemporary Functional Ceramics, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA