Chuck is a nationally recognized clay artist whose works have appeared in the National Crafts Show, the National Teapot Exhibit, and in both volumesof “Best of Pottery.” His work is in the collections of the Mobile Fine ArtMuseum, the Weisman Museum, The Minnesota Historical Museum and numerous private collections in the United States, England and Japan. He was awarded the prestigious Jerome Grant for his work with sagger firing.
He works in stoneware and porcelain on the potter’s wheel throwing tableware and large sculptural bowls and vases.
The large pots are constructed from separately thrown clay sections which are joined together and then distorted by paddling. The seams and joints from this construction process are left exposed to visually break up the surface.
In both functional and sculptural work, Solberg’s goal is to accent the inherent spontaneity and raw beauty of the clay. Wood firing achieves this objective. Flame and ash flow through the kiln leaving unexpected patterns and rich surfaces. Each piece is unique-a record of a particular firing.
Solberg has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.