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Sculptural Vessels by Bill Kremer

Bill Kremer’s ceramic sculpture is a bit of an oxymoron.  His sculptural vessels are meant to evoke and draw out ideas, rather than to contain or confine them.  As Kremer explains it, “the best work…reveals new possibilities for greater experience.”  He develops and takes his art work through a creative process including drawing, casting with large-scale molds, and finally painting, putting forth a thoughtful and “harmonic” contrast between shape or structure and linear brush marks.   The gestural vessels made from this process are salt fired in a 30′ wood firing kiln located at his home studio in Cassopolis, Michigan.

Kremer’s ceramic art, entitled Out Side from Within, will be on display in the South Bend Museum of Art’s Art League Gallery starting Saturday, September 17 through December 4, 2011.  A reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, October 7, from 5 – 7:30 pm, with Bill Kremer speaking about his work at 6:15 pm.

Kremer is the Chair of the Ceramics department at the University of Notre Dame.  His work has been shown in more than 150 exhibitions and he has conducted more than thirty workshops and lectures.

To read Kremer’s entire artist’s statement, click here.


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