View Image Gallery Items for SaleJack Coelho(Full member)Tel: +1 541-432-0258 Email: Web: coelhodsnjoseph.com
If the field of artistic ceramics can be thought of as a continuum, with functional pottery at one extreme and the free exploration of clay as a means for creative self-expression on the other, then I would have to say that I work the extremes. Being the potter, one has no choice but to be a ceramic “purist”. Things simply won’t function as they should if the media are mixed; acrylic paint won’t do for the inside of bowls. However, things are different way out on the other end of the ceramic continuum. And that is the territory I have been exploring with my ceramic sculpture.
I work primarily with porcelain for my pottery. My forms are thrown on the potter’s wheel and further manipulated so that they retain some of the visual qualities of the mass- in-motion that brought them about. When the clay is firm enough to handle without distortion, the surfaces are articulated with subtle textures that invite close inspection of the finished, glazed form. I often leave subtle “flaws” that give evidence of the forming process, and the fallibility of the human hand of the maker. All of this fastidious intent is in hopes that the common process of daily use might, occasionally at least, be elevated to a moment of expanded awareness. A lofty goal, I know, and this is why making good pottery is a vastly more complex process than making sculpture.
I mix a special clay with paper pulp for my sculptures, which creates a very forgiving medium, thus allowing greater articulation of conceptual content in the work. Paper collage and other materials are often applied to the clay as well. Surface coloration is achieved with the use of refractory materials, paints, wax, shoe polish, or whatever seems best to achieve the desired effects. Surface coloration often takes as much of my effort as the sculpting of the object, and is critical to the overall intended effect. In fact, I consider my current work three-dimensional painting, and refer to it as such to other artists.
An artist friend once said that she felt that all artists are self-absorbed, and that all artwork can be reduced to variations of self-portraiture. Her assertion has been with me for some time now, like the tiny pebble that finds itself deep down in the boot, under the sole, and irritating as hell, but impossible to ignore or deny. I try to keep my artist friends notion in mind, and use it to temper the value I place upon the concepts that I explore with my artwork.
Workshops, Lectures, Demonstrations
Available for lectures, demonstrations, workshops, etc.
One of the primary functions of Jack M. Coelho Design is leading workshops. And in that arena my workshops have been conducted in Alaska, Pribilof Islands, Oregon, California and Mexico. I have and do conduct introductory level courses in ceramics and sculpture, but I have a special interest in conducting workshops for experienced artists who are looking for strategies to enhance their personal creativity, and advance to their next level of professional artistic development. The focus of this level of workshop is creativity.
I am currently using two Skutt electric kilns for low-temperature/bisque firings. My high temperature kiln is an Olsen 16cu. ft. updraft design utilizing K-26 insulation fire bricks. Since my studio location is in a rural area, and at relatively high elevation, I fire with propane. My cone 10 firings are typically 12 hours in duration. I am currently utilizing silicon carbide shelves primarily, but am transitioning to Advancers (light-weight, nitrite bonded, but very expensive).
My current core surface palette consists of about 8, cone 10, glazes and a range of slips, made from my porcelain body, and coloured with ceramic stains. My sculptural and architectural work utilizes both ceramic and non-ceramic colorants.
I am also involved in raku and pit-firing techniques, and for those processes I have made custom designed “kilns” for the various processes. I utilize local materials for these so called, primitive, processes - to the degree that it is possible and practical.
Teaching and Occupational Background
Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Sculpture, 1998, Instituto Allende/University of Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Master’s Degree in Art Education, 1989, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA.
Standard K-12 Teaching Certificate, 1989, University of Oregon.
Basic k-12 Teaching Certificate, 1982, University of Oregon.
Bachelor’s Degree in Art, 1974, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR, USA.
Advanced Placement Teacher Certification, 1995, Advanced Placement Institute of Arizona, Tucson, USA. Significant Art Instructors: Peter Volkous, Paul Soldner, Jim Romberg, Harry Davis, Paulus Berensohn, Tom Coleman, Maria Popadimitreu, George Kokis, Virginia Cartwright.
Honours, Awards and Publications
First Place, Blue Ribbon (sculpture), Wallowa Valley Festival of Art, 2009.
National Honor Roll, Outstanding American Teachers, 2005-‘06; 2006-‘07.
KOBI TV Channel 5, Medford, Oregon, Outstanding Teacher, 2005.
Registered in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers”, 2004.
Honorable Mention, International Sculpture Center, Outstanding K-12 Art Teacher Award in Sculpture, 2000.
Arts Council of Southern Oregon, Annual Arts Award, Arts Education Group - Central Point School District #6, for K-12 Fine Arts Curricula design, 1998 *Oregon Art Education Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Art
Nominated for the Albany School District Distinguished Teacher Award, 1988,’89,’90.
Ina McClung Art Education Scholarship, University of Oregon, 1982.
Art Education Department Scholarship, University of Oregon, 1982.
National Ceramic Mask Competition for the Eugene Oregon Performing Arts
Center. Mask purchased for installation, 1981.
Dickey Art Scholarship, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon, 1973.
Articles and imagery included in: Ceramics Monthly; Craft Horizons; Lark Books, “500 Vases” (Fall, 2010 in bookstores).
2010 Wallowa Valley Festival of Art, Joseph, Oregon.
2010 The Beet Gallery, Portland, Oregon, “Be my Naughty Valentine”.
2009 Wallowa Valley Festival of Art, Blue Ribbon for Sculpture.
2008 Arts Council of Eastern Oregon, mask exhibition.
2007 National Cup Show, U of Arkansas, Monticello.
2005 Southern Oregon University Arts Faculty Biennial Exhibition.
2004 Newandart Gallery, Ashland, Oregon, Art about Landscape.
2003 Cup: The Intimate Object, National Juried Exhibition, Indiana.
2003 Southern Oregon University Arts Faculty Biennial Exhibition.
2003 Solo Exhibition, Southern Oregon University, Thorndike Gallery.
2003 Jega Gallery, Ashland, Oregon, Juried Exhibition.
2002 Cup: The Intimate Object, National Juried Exhibition, Indiana.
2002 Starbucks, Ashland, Oregon, One Person Exhibition.
2001 National Art Education Association Juried Exhibition.
2000 Rogue Community College, Arts Faculty Exhibition.
1999 Furniture- Fine, Funky, Fun, Functional Exhibition, Rogue Comm. College.
1998 Artists in Education, Rogue Community College.
1997 The Firehouse Gallery, Grants Pass, Oregon, One person show.
1997 Galleria Pergola, Instituto Allende, Mexico, Faculty Exhibition.
1996 Clay on the Wall: Second National Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition.
1995 Celebration of the Arts/’95, Arts in Oregon Council juried exhibition, Salem, Oregon.
1995 Clay on the Wall: First National Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition.
1994 The Rogue Gallery, Medford, Oregon.
1993-94 Sunriver Annual Juried Exhibition, Sunriver, Oregon.
1989 Jacobsen Gallery, Hult Performing Arts Center, Eugene, Oregon, Mayor’s Annual Juried Art Competition.
1989 New Zone Gallery, Eugene, Oregon.
1986 The Fifth Season Gallery, Tracy, California.
1985 University of Oregon Museum of Art, Juried National Mask Exhibition.
1978 Chiloquin Arts and Crafts Cooperative, Chiloquin, Oregon.
1978 The Dobe Depot Gallery, Chiloquin, Oregon.
1977 The Portland Zoo, Portland, Oregon.
1976 The Rogue River Pottery, Rogue River, Oregon.
1974 The Lithia Café, Ashland, Oregon.
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Last Updated: 2012-04-19