Works by the Resident Artists of the Cub Creek Foundation of Ceramic Arts
January 31 – February 26 • First Friday Reception, February 3, 5–8 pm
I started my education at Ball State at a time the aesthetics was dominated by abstract expressionism. My heroes were, and to some extent still are, Robert Motherwell, Wilhelm DeKooning, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell and Tapies. After committing to clay as a medium I was deeply influenced by Pete Volkous, Kitaohji Rosanjin and Kanashiga Toyo all who moved clay much as the expressionist painters approached painting. Over the years I, as all serious artists, have struggled to find my own voice and yet those early influences continue to dominate my work. I respond to clay forms that clearly show the hand of the maker.
Mitch Iburg received his Bachelors of Arts in 2011 from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA where he assisted in the design and construction of the school's first wood firing kiln. He has participated in several national juried exhibitions throughout the country. Currently, he is a ceramic artist in residence at The Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA. During his residency he has helped build an 80 cu ft anagama and a wood fired soda kiln. His research of native clays and wood firing fuel a desire to create work that reflects the essence of his location.
I use a slip trailing method of drawing onto clay in conjuncture with other print making methods, referencing images of a personal and public nature, on functional ware and sculpture. I have an obsession with signs of industry and illusions of safety. I’ve grown up within the context of the industrialized model of consumer culture. A conveyer belt outlook that places little or no value on the consequences of our production mentality. My work is not exempt from this industrialized model of thinking. My place in this culture has become defined by the symbols I choose to juxtapose on my work. Symbols that are inherent to our society, which have become neatly bound to physical and mental markers in our daily lives, constructing our geographical and psychological landscape. By way of this symbolic language, I find narrating on forms a way to find personal meaning and purpose within the context of my daily life.