Matthew Krousey Ceramics

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

Artist Statement:

The preservation of a disappearing landscape through imagery on functional ceramics is the purpose of my artwork. Inspired conceptually by the regionalist painters of the early 20th century who sought to document the rural landscapes of America, I see myself as a modern day Regionalist working with clay. I make pottery decorated with the landscapes, flora, and fauna of Minnesota. This region is being vastly altered by commercial development and urban sprawl, forever changing its natural character. My hope is that the daily use of my pots will be a gentle reminder to the public of the vanishing natural world around us. The pots are created from stoneware and often altered in the wet stage, then fired in a soda kiln. This firing process not only creates a very durable object, it imbues the work with great variation and depth, creating a natural and mysterious surface of a warm and earthy palette. The imagery is created from a combination of slips, stains and glazes. I primarily use ash glazes, as its main ingredient comes from the very landscape I am drawing inspiration.

Biography:
Matthew Krousey received his BFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in 2008. He has been a full time potter supplying families with all of their pottery needs since 2012. Krousey was a 2014 Jerome Project Grant artist and a 2010 Fogelberg Fellowship resident at Northern Clay Center.