Mark Goudy

Mark Goudy Contemporary Ceramics Magazine

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Read the interview with Mark Goudy - New Artist, September 2011

→ Mark Goudy is an exhibiting artist at the first edition of Ceramics Now Exhibition, held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

"The process of working in clay is a grounding experience that focuses my attention in the present moment, but also is a tangible thread that connects across time with twenty thousand years of ceramists who preceded me.

My work is an exploration in shape and pattern, using the enclosed vessel as the underlying form. These vessels are constructed from asymmetric curved surfaces that project a unique contour with each viewing angle. The interior space is intentionally hidden, leaving the contents to the imagination, metaphorically containing perhaps hopes, dreams, or spirits. These rounded shapes are meant to be held and, when set on a flat surface, gently rock before coming to rest at their own natural balance point.

My approach is to combine ancient methods of stone-burnishing and earthenware firing with computer-aided shape design to produce talismans that fuse traditional and modern aesthetics. Surface markings are created by painting water-soluble metal salts on bisque-fired clay. These watercolors permeate the clay body, and become a permanent part of the surface when fired. I have a strong affinity for intricate abstract patterns, ones that can’t be fully comprehended with a single glance, an invitation to in-depth exploration.

These ceramic forms echo the geometries of nature: waterworn stones, shells, seedpods, expansive desert landscapes, the Milky Way on a moonless night.” Mark Goudy

Mark Goudy's C.V. (resume) - View his works

EXHIBITIONS
2011 - The Art Of Clay - American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
- Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival - Association of Clay and Glass Artists, Palo Alto, CA
- California Clay COmpetition - The Artery, Davis, CA
- Ceramics Annual - Beatrice Wood Center For the Arts, Ojai, CA
- ACGA Clay and Glass National Exhibit - City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA
2010 - ACGA @ MAH - Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
- Paths in Studio Craft - Baulines Craft Guild at the Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA
- ACGA Exhibition - Beatrice Wood Center For the Arts, Ojai, CA
- National Ceramics Invitational Exhibition - Weatherhead Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN
- Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival - Association of Clay and Glass Artists, Palo Alto, CA
- Innovations in Contemporary Crafts - Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
2009 - Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival - Association of Clay and Glass Artists, Palo Alto, CA
- Feats of Clay XXII - Gladding McBean, Lincoln, CA
- Eight from ACGA - Davis Art Center, Davis, CA

ARTICLES
2010 - Handful of Salt Artist Profile - http://www.handfulofsalt.com/?p=4425
2010 - Emerging Artist — Ceramics Monthly, May, 2010 issue - http://ceramicartsdaily.org/ceramic-art-and-artists/ceramic-artists/mark-goudy-emerging-artist-2010/

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Baulines Craft Guild — San Rafael, CA
ACGA — Exhibiting member, Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California

EDUCATION
1986 - Master of Science in Electrical Engineering — San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
1979 - Bachelor of Science in Biology — University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

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