Monday, March 21, 2011

Teapots: An Invitational - Ben Krupka Great Barrington, MA

Ben Krupka Teapot $180
wood-fired stoneware (5" x 8" x 5")

My pots are part of an ongoing investigation rooted in aesthetic functionalism.  My goal is to build pots that are a collaborative balance between my aesthetic ideals and the beauty of food while being both utilitarian and rich in content.  I often use my pots as a canvas for drawings of objects and scenes to be the focus of contemplation as metaphors.  The objects depicted in the drawings are chosen based on their simultaneous physical strength and potential fragility.  They are an amalgamation of dreams, travel and daily life that explore the ideas of self, both conscious and unconscious, protection and voyeurism.
A Ceramic Artist and Assistant Professor at Bard College at Simon's Rock, Mr. Krupka' work has been shown in over 100 national and international exhibitions and many public art centers throughout the United States.  His awards include fellowships and visiting faculty positions at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, Utah State University, and a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana.  Krupka has led workshops and been a guest speaker throughout the United States and in Bangkok, Thailand.  He builds and designs kilns including wood burning, gas soda and salt.  His work has been featured in many publications and books, including Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times and the Thai Ceramic Journal.

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