JAG Featured Member Artist
Sean Lofton is a ceramic artist and native of Jacksonville, Florida. He received his BFA in ceramics from the University of North Florida. He is currently attending the University of Missouri pursuing his MFA. He has worked within the clay industry in several ways throughout his career including: studio technician, adjunct ceramics teacher, kiln repair technician, and ceramic retail manager.
Sean's ceramic practice has made a diametric shift away from the utilitarian pot to the sculptural vessel. This sculptural work serves to challenge many of the prescriptions that he had learned in the making of pottery. His current work explores the creative possibilities that emerge when utility, and its methods of creation, are left at the periphery of his practice. This has led him use the formal language of pottery as a vernacular for abstraction. He is attempting to convert the innocuous utilitarian clay vessel into an arresting sculptural object.
Sean's work usurps and recontextualizes the conventions that usually give the pot its comfortability. In doing so he wishes to create a sense of tension; through the use of material, form, and surface. He has focused particularly on the physical properties that exists in clay. This focus has led to objects that exist on the cusp of material failure, in order to better understand and appreciate his medium. In addition to recontextualizing the utilitarian characteristics of clay; A focus on mixed media has emerged in the sculptures. I am looking for ways to use other materials of construction in conjunction with the ceramic sculptural work so that all materials are elevated through their interaction and contrasting natures.
Here are Some of Sean's Works:
(Click on the image to view the piece in it's entirety and find out more about the work)
Take a look at our Previous Featured Artist (just click on the name to see their work)
Mimi Pearce, Peggy Harrell Jennings . Marilyn Antram . Susan Smith . Roger Bailey . Michael Cenci
Mary McAllister . Jim Pearce . Sophie Dare Dentiste . Annelies Dykgraaf . Helen Ashmead . Lisa Lofton Marlene Scheer . Cookie Davis . Dana Delarme . Stephanie Pyren . Doug Johnson
Julie Feldman . Doreen Hardie . Leila Griffith
Come back next month to find out about another one of our members!