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FISHER, BEVERLY
FISHER, BEVERLY
PENNSYLVANIA
Living in Lancaster County, one is always aware of the changes taking place in and on the landscape. The softening of strict geometry and the way that barns and outbuildings settle into the landscape is a starting point in the exploration of how forms come together to create a line, a listing together, or a drifting a part. The barely perceptible shift of a color or of an edge on an old white wall holds an incredible distillation of time. Driving through the country, the changing sky and landscape are always in the periphery. Morandi describes memory as the residue of a glance.

The underlying motivation to making art has always been the desire to make work that was quiet, in the sense that it reveals itself slowly over time. Using a formal language that places the viewer in familiar territory, the work does not depict directly but rather traces a vital definitive gesture suggested by nature, triggering a state of reverie and stillness. Making concentrates my attention in a way that is close to meditation- the eye taking in and the hand giving back.

I am interested in the effects or nuance of time; old kilns, and decaying structures- primitive technologies and tools. They signify constancy and change, accretion and erosion. All of these things contain irregularities and disintegration of form. The balance between softness and tension changes in accordance to the shifts in plane from top edge to center. Fragility and loss are just below the surface when the structure starts to give way.

Education

2004
Tyler School of Art Elkins Park PA
Masters of Fine Art Ceramics
2002
Millersville University Millersville PA
Bachelors of Fine Arts Ceramics

Exhibitions
2008
Collaboration through Fire Elizabethtown College,
Elizabethtown, PA
Finding a Path, Honing a Line NCECA exhibition Ellis School Pittsburgh PA
Micro/Macro A Lexicon NCECA exhibition Spinning Plate Gallery Pittsburgh PA invitational
2007
Down To Earth Pottery Exhibition Art Space Gallery West Chester PA
Strictly Functional Clay National Lancaster Pa Juror Malcolm Davis
Ceramic Abstraction Creative Arts Workshop New Haven Ct Juror Paula Winokur
State of Clay 2007 Lexington Arts and Crafts Society Lexington
MA juror Chris Gustin
History in the Making 2007 Genesee Center for Arts Rochester NY curator Val Cushing
2 Person Exhibition Chester Springs Studio Chester Springs PA
2006
Starbrick Ceramics National Nelson OH curator Chris Staley
2 Person Exhibition Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia PA
Ceramics Biennial 2006 New Hampshire Institute of Art
Amherst New Hampshire Juror Mary Barringer
Clay and Wood Invitational West Chester PA
Extended Hands Benefit Charlie Cummings Gallery
Fort Wayne In
First Annual Ceramics Exhibition Concordia University St Paul Min
2005
Two Person Exhibition Mulberry Street Gallery Lancaster PA
Strictly Dysfunctional Clay National Lancaster, PA
Two Person Exhibition Sykes Gallery Millersville University Millersville Pa
Pots: Objects of Virtue Walnut Creek CA juror Mark Pharis
Art of the State Harrisburg State Museum Harrisburg Pa
Thirteenth Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Lancaster, PA juror John Glick ITC Award
Endless Variations Shino Review 2005 Baltimore Clayworks Baltimore, MD Curator Malcolm Davis
Fifth Biennial Exhibition of North American Clay Guilford
Handcraft Center Guilford CT Curator Chris Gustin
2004
Belskie Museum of Arts and Sciences Closter NJ Group Show of wood fired sculpture and pottery curator Tony Moore
Ceramic Overload Group Show Kevin Lehman Studio Lancaster PA
Visions in Clay 2004 Reynolds Gallery University of the Pacific Stockton CA Juror Robert Brady
Art of the State Harrisburg Art Museum Harrisburg PA Second Place for Crafts
Tyler MFA Exhibition the Ice Box Philadelphia PA Juror Richard Torchia
Haverford Invitational Haverford School Haverford PA Juror
Antonio Fink
Intimate Terrain MFA Thesis Exhibition Temple Gallery Philadelphia PA
2002
Faculty Exhibition Chester Springs Studio Chester Springs PA
Cup: the Intimate Object Charlie Cummings Studio Fort Wayne IN Juror Dick Lehman
Topographies BFA Thesis Exhibition Swift Gallery Millersville University Millersville PA
Clay in the Garden Chester Springs Studio Chester Springs PA
2000
38th Annual Open Art Award Exhibit Lancaster Museum of Art Lancaster PA juror George Chang Walters Art Gallery
Chester Springs Studio Days Juried Exhibition Chester Springs
PA Juror Linda Christianson
Fly Ash and Comet Tails Contemporary Practice in Wood fired Ceramics Lancaster PA Curator Caroline Henderson
Pacific Tides: The Asian Influence in Contemporary Ceramics Lancaster PA Curator Caroline Henderson

Teaching Experience
2008
Adjunct Professor Tyler School of Art Philadelphia Pa Foundations Dept. 3-D Design
Assistant Instructor/Technical Advisor Tyler School of Art Ceramics Workshop and Public Art Project
Adjunct Professor Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
Foundations Dept. 3-D Design
Adjunct Professor Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia PA
2007
Adjunct Professor Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia PA Ceramics Department
Adjunct Professor Pennsylvania College of Art and Design 3-D Foundations
Wood firing Instructor Chester Springs Studio Chester Springs PA
Wood firing Instructor Perkins Center for the Arts Moorestown NJ
2005
Adjunct Professor 3 Dimensional Foundations Tyler School of Art Elkins Park, PA
2003
Instructor 3-D Foundations Pre College Workshop Tyler School of Art Elkins Park PA
Professor of Record Beginning Ceramics Tyler School of Art Elkins Park PA
Graduate Teaching Assistant 3-D Foundations for Nick Kripal
Tyler School of Art Elkins Park PA
Kiln Design and Consultation
2007
Carlos Viscaino Kiln Project Mexico City Mexico Design and consultation on the construction of a catenary arch wood fired kiln
2006
Fulbright Kiln Project including design and construction with Polly Tessler and an international team to reproduce Early Middle Bronze Age ceramic surfaces Nicosia Cyprus
Wallingford Guild Consultation and repair of gas kiln Wallingford PA
2002 Studio gas car kiln Bob and Paula Winokur Horsham PA
Phoebe Wiley Kiln Project Stockton NJ Design and consultation the construction of a catenary arch wood fired kiln
Jasper Brinton Kiln Project Phoenixville PA Design and Retrofit a step down grate fire box system to a two chambered wood fired kiln
Tyler School of Art Elkins Park PA Repair and rebuild firebox on gas forge
2000 Jack Troy Juniata College Huntingdon PA consultation on rebuilding an Anagama firebox system
Tony Moore Kiln Project Cold Springs New York Design and Consultation for a single chamber catenary arch kiln with step down grate system
Gil Mallinckrodt Kiln Project Kirkwood PA Design and build a hybrid Anagama kiln









2000 Perkins Center for the Arts Moorestown NJ Design and build a double chamber cross draft kiln at Appel Farm Elmer NJ
*All kiln projects were collaborations with Kenton Baker
see www.woodfiring.com

Publications

2004 Ceramics Technical #18 Author “A New Step Grate Firebox for the Kirkwood Anagama”

Related Work Experience

2006 Technical Consultant for Mural Arts Society and Tyler School of
Art for the Ramonita G. Rodriguez Library Ceramic Mural Philadelphia PA
2004 Country Floor Store Gordonville PA Ceramic tile installation and design
Gallery Installation the Ice Box Philadelphia PA
2003 Studio Technical Assistantship Tyler School of Art Elkins Park Pa Responsible for managing kiln firings and schedule for
undergraduate and graduate students
2002 Urban Design Studio Architecture Department Temple University Philadelphia PA Project completion report under the direction of Winifred Lutz and Sally Harrison
4X10: Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition Guest Co curator with Deborah Sigel for the Philips Museum of Art at Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster PA