Friday, March 9, 2012

The Cup: Ben Krupka - Great Barrington, MA

Ben Krupka Mug porcelain, Cone 6
(3.75 x 4.75 inches) CUP 111 $42 SOLD

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.

Ben Krupka Mug porcelain, Cone 6
(3.75 x 4.75 inches) CUP 112 $42

Ben Krupka is currently a studio artist and assistant professor of ceramics, sculpture and design at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in the Berkshire Mountains of southwestern Massachusetts.  Krupka received his MFA from Utah State University in 2002.  Following graduate school he was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation from 2003–2005 where his work focused primarily on wood fired functional pottery.  Since that time Krupka has taught many workshops nationally and internationally, most recently at King Mongkut’s University of Technology and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand where he was resident artist and visiting faculty.   His work has been exhibited in over 140 exhibitions; at galleries, art centers, colleges and museums and is held in a number of public and private collections. He regularly exhibits at Ferrin Gallery (MA), Akar Gallery (IA), The Clay Studio of Philadelphia (PA) among others.  Though Krupka continues to make pots, his most recent body of work departs from the vessel and explores ideas of strength, fragility, protection, communication and autobiographical narrative through the physical amalgamation of daily objects, religious and historical imagery, and dreams.  In his free time he can usually be found on his bike, the trail, or in the kitchen. 

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