“Through creating and teaching others how to make “Treepots” and “Tectonic Sculptures,” I have dedicated my artistic efforts in ceramics to exploring life and the irony of renewal through death. Trees are the primary subject of my work and human emergence is its’ theme. Through this creative work I engage the interrelationship between humanity and nature.
I focus on trees because I have a natural love of them from my youth. As a child I spent my summers with my brother roaming the woods of northern Illinois, and as an adolescent I spent them backpacking the forests of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Observing the tree excites my creative expression because it demonstrates the promise of renewal in the events of birth, the processes of aging, and the inevitability and promise of new life through death and decay. In this way life continuously takes on evolved and more beautiful forms through both creation and evolution. Both are proven simultaneously in the cycle of life. Evidence of this is shown most brilliantly to me in the life cycle of trees and I speak of it most effectively through my art in the medium of clay.” David Gilbaugh
David D. Gilbaugh’s C.V. (resume) - View his works
2009 - Diversity in Clay Exhibition, Pomona, CA; joint exhibition by the American Ceramic Society - DC and the American Museum of Ceramic Arts (AMOCA)
2010 - Clay Festival, American Ceramic Society - Design Chapter of Southern California
2009 - Pre-Simulationist Visual Arts Contest
2011 - Diversity in Clay Exhibition, Pomona, CA, joint exhibition by the American Ceramic Society -DC and the American Museum of Ceramic Arts (AMOCA)
2011 - American Museum of Ceramic Arts, Pomona, CA, juried exhibition and fundraiser
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / WORKSHOPS
- Laguna Clay Sponsored Workshops 2009 – present
- California Art Educators Association Conference 2009
- Community Center of La Canada Flintridge 2009 – present
- Palos Verdez Art Center 2010
- California Art Educators Association Conference November, 2010
- Palos Verdez Art Center November, 2010 -
`Other related professional experience
- Secondary School teacher - Art, Health, Earth Science 1991 - 2002
- Business owner and operator of David Clay Tools 2005 - 2011
AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS
- “Laguna Clay Featured Artist,” October 2009
- “Artist of the Month,” January 2010, wanderingeducators.com travel website
- “Best Sculpture,” The Imaginist sculpture, October 2009, Diversity in Clay Exhibition, Pomona, CA, a joint exhibition by the American Ceramic Society - DC and the American Museum of Ceramic Arts (AMOCA)
- “Best Sculpture,” The BEARDED GHOUL sculpture, 2010 Clay Festival, American Ceramic Society - Design Chapter of Southern California
- “Second Place,” Blue Stump lamp base, 2009 pre-Simulationist Visual Arts Contest
- “Honorable Mention” The Family Tree sculpture, 2009 pre-Simulationist Visual Arts Contest
- A.S., General Education, Fine Arts minor, Aims Community College 1976
- B.S., Human Development Family Studies, Colorado State University 1982
- M.S., Educational Methodologies and Leadership, National University 1999
- Ceramics, Glendale Community College (ongoing) 2007 - Present
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