“My work employs the physical process of layering which describes a sense of growth of the pot, both inward and outward. The addition and subtraction of the material leave a record of time in the work,” states potter Steven Rolf. “As a maker of one-of-a-kind functional objects, I use the premise that I transmit feeling through the subtle touch in working. I feel that in order for the user to ‘get it’ they must also touch the work. Therefore, my pieces are not metaphors for landscape and feeling, but rather they are the landscape and they embody the feeling.”
The artist holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and a BS in broad area arts from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. He apprenticed under Wang Hui Ming, a master painter and wood engraver.
Steven has been a studio potter in River Falls, WI since 1998. In 2006, he participated a residency at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME. The artist lectures and teaches workshops throughout the country. His work, regularly exhibited nationwide, was recently featured in the Onggi Expo Uslan Korea in Uslan City. Steven’s pottery is represented in collections including those of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA, and, the artist notes, in “numerous kitchen cupboards.”