Tom Jaszczak

“Line and form drive my making,” explains this Minneapolis potter, whose easy, functional forms are developing a following at the Grand Hand. “Most of my shaping is done on the wheel head after the form is thrown. I work in an aggressive way, pushing, pulling and scraping to show the softness of the clay. Formally, my work has volume, it appears full. My surfaces are raw, but soft like skin, fluid like soft clay. Wood firing accents all the subtleties that I am interested in and leaves the clay’s true character.”

Tom holds degrees in biology and in visual art from Bemidji State University. He studied at Oxford University and served as a studio assistant at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. In 2011, the artist received a Jerome Foundation projects grant and an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. He was a summer resident at the Archie Bray Foundation, and is slated to return to the Montana institution in 2012.

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