Published March 16, 2012
Springfield, Ohio– The Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University presents Join(t)ed: Sculptural Ceramic Vessels, an exhibit by Wittenberg’s Associate Professor of Art and Department Chair Scott Dooley. The exhibit will be in the Halley Gallery, and an opening reception will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24.
“For over a decade, I have created mechanically inspired ceramic vessels from porcelain slabs. The jointed vessels are formed by cutting and re-attaching porcelain slab built cones and cylinders. Most recently, my experimentation within this series of work has led to the development of forms that are joined, either physically or visually, creating a dialogue between the parts,” Dooley said. “As the forms lean and gesture, they are posed in a moment of exact, yet uneasy balance. I continue in the ceramic tradition of vessel making, bridging the sculptural and functional elements of ceramics in my artwork.”
Dooley’s work has been exhibited in more than 175 exhibitions, including international exhibitions in Spain, Switzerland, Australia, South Africa, China, Croatia, Portugal and Taiwan as well as 10 solo exhibitions. It is also included in 25 permanent collections, including the Sonny and Gloria Kamm Teapot Foundation, Sparta, NC; the Yixing Ceramics Musuem, Yixing China, and the Museu de Ceramica de Manises, Manises, Spain.
A Kansas native, Dooley graduated from Bethel College (Kan.) with majors in history, philosophy and German in 1993. He first worked with clay his senior year, and he proceeded to work for a production potter for one year before attending Arizona State University to study art. In 2000 he graduated with his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Kansas State University where he studied with Yoshiro Ikeda.
He has served as the faculty coordinator for Wittenberg’s Empty Bowls fundraising event since 2000. Work on the event begins each fall as students, staff, faculty and community members begin throwing, glazing and firing bowls. He also serves on the Springfield Peace Center Board of Directors and volunteers at the annual SPC Summer Peace Camp.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts
Photo By: Erin Pence