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Studio: Santa Cruz, California, USA, .
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Last Updated: 2011-09-04

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

My work has evolved through many different phases or variations on theme and style. In the mid 80s to 1990 the theme of my work was large abstract head forms made out of terra cotta clay. The surfaces were heavily incised and carved with images and subconscious narratives. The incised lines and surface textures were filled with brightly colored glazes leaving the background or exposed areas as raw terra cotta or brown clay. The emphasis on these sculptures was as much on the surface drawings as on the forms themselves.

From 1990-95 the clay forms became more mono chromatic and I included a wide range of mixed media with the clay such as branches, sheet lead, photographs, books, and a wide range of found objects. This work remained autobiographical but also made reference to social and political issues which the earlier work did not.

The recent work started in 1995 represents a two-year transition or search for new meaning and direction in my work. The work has returned to an autobiographical quest making many references to myself and my life using a wide range of images to explore personal, psychological, and emotional content. The recent work is made with terra cotta clay and then glazed with very thick color saturated satin matt glazes. The surfaces are very smooth and the images that I use are much more specific than in past work. The emphasis of this new work is on form and in bringing together complex relationships of space and form with these saturated satin matt surfaces.

Current Work

Current Work

Stan Welsh is a California based ceramic sculptor. Stan's recent work focuses on large Terra-Cotta clay heads aprox 3-4 times life scale and he fires this work to cone 1. The web-site has 6 galleries that represent work done over the past 20 years. Stan is a professor at San Jose State Uni. School of art and design, you will find a link to the ceramic program at San Jose State on his web-site.

Technical Information

Technical Information

Terracotta.

History

History

1978 - M.F.A., New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
1974 - B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

Teaching Appearance:
Fall 2000-present - San Jose State University, San Jose, California - Full Professor, Spatial Arts/Ceramics
Fall 1993-2000 - San Jose State University, San Jose, California - Associate Professor, Spatial Arts/Ceramics
1990-1993 - San Jose State University, San Jose, California - Assistant Professor, Spatial Arts/Ceramics
1987-1989 - San Jose State University, San Jose, California - Full-time Instructor, Spatial Arts/Ceramics
1986 - Scripps College, Claremont, California - Visiting Assistant, Assistant Professor
1981-1985 - San Jose State University, San Jose, California - Instructor, Spatial Arts/Ceramics
1983-1986 - Academy of Art College, San Francisco, California - Instructor, Sculpture
1980 - University of Montana, Missoula, Montana - Assistant Professor, Ceramics/Sculpture

Awards

Awards

2005 - "Santa Clara Arts Council Fellowship Award 2005" - a Northern California fellowship award for ceramics.
1998 - American Ceramics Artists Today
I was recently asked to curate this book which represents the work of 50 prominent contemporary America artists working in clay. I also edited and wrote the preface for this book which was recently published in China. The introduction was written by Elaine Levine. Author Po Zhou.

1993 - California State Lottery Grant
1992 - California State University Summer Fellowship Grant
1990 - California Arts Council Grant-Ceramics
1990 - Meritorious Performance Teaching Award, San Jose State University
1990 - Eight Artists From California, Savona, Italy, Fortezza del Priamar (Full Color Catalog), This was a Major Exhibition of Work that I Curated
1986 - National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Publications

Publications

2000 - Contemporary Ceramics - by Susan Peterson
1999 - Ceramic Art and Perception - Issue #37, by Tobin Keller
1998 - The Art and Craft of Clay - second edition, by Susan Peterson/P>
1998 - The Best of Pottery - volume 2, selected by Angelina Fina and Christopher Gustin
1996 - The Art and Craft of Clay - first edition, by Susan Peterson
January 1990 - Ceramics Monthly - p.p. 45-48, by Tobin Keller

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
1998 - Stan Welsh 1988-1998, 10 Year Survey, Cabrillo College Gallery (Reviewed Artweek, Clarissa Ceglio, July-August/ Ceramic Art and Perception, Fall 1999, Ceramic Monthly, Feature Article January Issue 1999, Tobin Keller)
1996 - Drawings on Clay, Collaboration Stan Welsh/Margitta Dietrick, Reed Whippel Cultural Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, N.C.E.C.A. March-May
1995 - Mixed Media Sculpture, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, California, April (Reviewed American Ceramics, Cheryl White, Vol. 12 #1)
1994 - Mixed Media Sculpture, D.P. Fong Gallery, San Jose, California, April-May
1991 - Ceramic Sculpture, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, California, February-March (Reviewed Art Week Magazine by Marcie Timberman)
1991 - Mixed Media Sculpture, Mark Masuoka Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada, November-December
1989 - Painting and Ceramic Sculpture, Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, April-May
1988 - Paintings and Ceramic Sculpture, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, California, May (Reviewed Art Week Magazine by Mark Levy)
1987 - Paintings and Ceramic Sculpture, Leedy Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, October-November
1986 - Ceramic Sculpture and Monotypes, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, California, June (Reviewed Art News, pp. 48-53, Sept. 1986)
1986 - Ceramic Sculpture and Monotypes, Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, September 1985 - Ceramic Sculpture and Monotypes, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California, October-November (Reviewed American Ceramics by Maria Porges; San Jose Mercury News by Dorothy Burkhart)
1984 - Ceramic Sculpture and Monotypes, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, California, May-June (Reviewed American Ceramics by Mark Levy)
1981 - Airplanes and Architecture, Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, California, September-October
1975 - Duck Pots, Richmond, California

Group Exhibitions
2000 - Alan Chasanoff Collection, Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, N.C., Nov.
2000 - Contemporary Portraits, Revealing the Human Spirit, D.P. Fong Gallery, San Jose, California, Invitational Group Show
2000 - Invitational Group Show, Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose, California
1998 - Images of Water in Contemporary Art, San Jose Museum of Modern Art, September-October, San Jose, California, Curated by Mark Peter
1998 - Drawings on Clay, Baltimore Claywork, May, Baltimore, MD, Curated by Jenell Gross Brenneman
1998 - Gallery Artists, D.P. Fong Gallery, San Jose, California, June 13th - July26th
1997 - Time and Place, 50 Years of Santa Cruz Studio Ceramics, Santa Cruz Museum of Contemporary Art, Full Color Catalog, Curated by Karen Massaro
1996 - Keepers of the Flame, Ken Furguson's Circle, Kemper Museum, Kansas City, Missouri (Full Color Catalog) Curated by Ken Furguson
1995 - Recent Acquisitions Show, Permanent Collection, San Jose Museum
1994 - Acquisitions Show, Permanent Collection, Oakland Museum, September-October, Curated by Phil Linhares, Director Oakland Museum
1993 - Material as Language, Contract Design Center, San Francisco, California. May-June. Invitational Show, Pacific Rim Sculpture Group.
1992 - Two Schools of Sculpture, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, California, Gallery Academia, Florence, Italy (Catalog, Invitational Show)
1992 - Form and Figure/Ceramic Sculpture, The Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. January-February (Catalog, Invitational show)
1992 - Eleven at 1111, Invitational Sculpture Exhibition, Oakland Museum, Oakland, California (Reviewed Berkeley Express) Curated by Phil Linhares
1991 - Sculptural Perspectives, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, California, October-November (Catalog Invitational show)
1990 - Eight Artists from California, Fortezza del Priamar -- Concorso Nationale della Ceramica d'Arte, Savona, Italy (Catalog, Invitational show) Curated by Sandro Lorenzini, Stan Welsh
1989 - Works on People, Gallery Artists, Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1988 - The Figure and Clay, Pewavic Gallery, Detroit, Michigan (Catalog, Invitational show)
1987 - Clay Revisions, Seattle Art Musuem, Seattle, Washington (Catalog, Invitational show)
1987 - Clay National Exhibition, Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania (Catalog)
1984 - Earth and Fire, Fred Marer Collection of Contemporary Ceramics, Montgomery Gallery, Claremont, California (Catalog) Curated by Fred Marer & Paul Soldner
1983 - Ceramic Artists, Distinguished Alumni of Kansas City Art Institute, Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri (Full Color Catalog, Invitational show) Curated by Ken Ferguson
1983 - Selected Artists Joan Mannheimer Collection 1983, University of Kansas Art Gallery (Catalog)
1982 - Art and/or Craft U.S.A. and Japan, Kanazawa, Japan (Catalog) Juried show
1981 - Clay Alternatives (6 person show), Curator Joyce Kohl, University Art Gallery, USC, Los Angeles, California (Full Color Catalog, Reviewed L.A. Times)
1976 - Recent Works in Clay (3 person show), Kaplan-Baumann Gallery, Los Angeles, California, May-June

Collections

Collections

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
San Jose Museum, San Jose, California, Permanent Collection
Dorthy and Fred Weiss, Oakland, California
David Darby Collection, Claremont, California
Fabbrica Casa Museo Guiseppe Mazzotti, Albissola, Italy
Forrezza del Priamar, Savona, Italy
Oakland Museum Permanent Collection
Penny Cooper and Associates
Pheonix Musuem, Arizona, Permanent Collection
Fred Marer Collection, California
Erie Art Musuem, Pennsylvania
Patrick Lannon Foundation, Florida
Joan Mannheimer, Iowa
Allen Chasnoff, New York
Pheonix Museum, Arizona
Kansas City Art Institute, Kemper Museum, Missouri
Pete and Ann Voulkos, Oakland, California

Work Styles

Work Styles

Terracotta
Wall Panels, Plaques
Sculptural
Figurative