The form and surface of my ceramics compel closer inspection to markings, colors, shapes, patterns, and textures. Associations and meanings are evoked but not specifically described. Sources are distilled from nature and geometry, but I avoid being blatant. Groupings of ceramic forms multiply interpretations and allow me to bypass the size constraints presumed with this medium. – Butch Holden
The potter holds a BA in art from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and an MFA in ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a professor with the Visual Art Department at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN, where he has been on staff since 1983. The artist has shown his work in local, regional and national competitions, and has also enjoyed several solo exhibitions.