Bill Cravis @ STUDIO Visits!

October 3, 2011 Comments Off on Bill Cravis @ STUDIO Visits!

Untitled (Robots), slip cast porcelain, woodfired, each approx. 10” 7” x 4” ©2007

This Wednesday we welcome Bill Cravis to STUDIO Visits! Join us at 9am for a talk by the artist about his work. Right afterwards the sculpture graduate students will ready the stage and invite Bill to come back for a conversation in front of the live audience.

As Bill puts it in his biography, he grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, oblivious to the turbulent 1960’s.  In the drought summer of 1988 he saddled a Fuji touring bicycle and headed west, from Lexington to San Francisco, where he spent several years as a worker-owner of Rainbow Grocery in the Mission District.  Still restless, he apprenticed to potter John Connors in the foothills of Mt. Ashland, Oregon and later spent a year in Japan, visiting ancient kiln sites and assisting Japanese potters with their work. These alternative educational experiences and others – including a 3-year apprenticeship to a natural foods chef in Harvard Square – contribute greatly to the overall dynamic of Cravis’ current artistic vision.  He returned to higher education in 1999, earning a B.F.A. degree in Ceramics from California College of the Arts (2002) and an M.F.A. degree from Carnegie Mellon University (2006).  His distinctions include full fellowships to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2004) and to the Vermont Studio Center (2010).  He is also the recipient of a $10,000 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant (2006).  Bill Cravis has held full-time visiting faculty positions at Ohio University, Athens and Saint Cloud State University, Minnesota.

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