A part of the 2021 Bray Benefit Auction's Experiences, this virtual studio visit and conversation with Paul Briggs is reserved for participants who bid during the auction event. Bidding participants had the opportunity to talk with Paul about his vast studio and installation experience, received a behind-the-scenes look at his current work, and now have access to the event recording. Join us at next year's Bray Benefit Auction for other unique experience opportunities!
2021 Bray Benefit Auction Experience
Recording; September 2021
Paul Briggs, a recent Bray visiting artist, grew up in the Hudson Valley of Newburgh, NY taking his first ceramics class in 9th grade. He eventually landed at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Paul is an artist-teacher with balanced training in Ceramics, Sculpture, and Education. He earned an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, an MSED from Alfred University and a PhD in Art Education/Educational Theory and Policy from the Pennsylvania State University. He has taught at all educational levels and in various contexts including the Penland and Haystack Schools of Craft. Recently he was awarded a South Eastern Minnesota Arts Council Grant for the installation, Cell Persona: The Impact of Incarceration on Black Lives. Paul is an Artist in Residence at the Harvard Ceramics Program and an Associate Professor of Art Education at MassArt.
His current pinched work has been influenced by the mysterious vessels of the Jomon period of ancient Japan. All of the works featured here are pinched from one ball of clay beginning with 1 to 8 pounds of clay of more. Nothing is added or subtracted but the pieces are grown using Paul’s unique pinching methods for creating high relief sculptural vessels developed over many years.
Recorded Studio Visit and Conversation with Paul Briggs
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