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John Beckelman

These works are comprised of two very different, yet related, bodies of work. One group consists of objects created from fired ceramic shards and miscellaneous other materials embedded in concrete. Their forms suggest vessels – bowls and bottles. The second body of work is a series of paintings that are composed of unfired clay (which has been stabilized with oil or acrylic binders) and a variety of other materials that have been applied to paper. In these pieces, images are slowly built up using clay and other materials, such as oil and acrylic paints, enamels, graphite, powdered pigments, wax and gold leaf.

The vessels are reconstructed artifacts, giving new form to broken fragments of things past. There is a curious intersection between the enduring, seemingly timeless character of stone and fired clay and the fleeting, yet wonderful, impermanence of phenomena in the world in which we live.

The paintings attempt to evoke qualities similar to the vessels, while at the same time trying to gently entice the viewer into the inner landscapes and interior spaces of our imagination and memory. To this end, the sense of perceptual space is purposely ambiguous and the image references are often topographic or cosmographic.

John Beckelman's sculptural vessels are thrown on the potter's wheel, manipulated, and fired to about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit in a residual salt atmosphere. He says of his work with clay "it is the elemental character and expressive potential of clay - in all its varied physical states - which continues to intrigue me." His work has been exhibited in shows throughout the country, including California, New York, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Ohio, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Montana, and Iowa. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, commissions, and grants. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics and his Master of Science in Ceramics from Illinois State University. John is the Robert O. Daniel Professor of Art at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Read more about John's work on our blog.

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DARK MATTER
Media: Clay, collage, mixed media on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 30
Price: $1,000.00

MARA NIGHT
Media: Clay, collage, mixed media on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 30
Price: $1,000.00

SHARDS 4
Media: Fired ceramics, concrete, mixed media
Dimensions: 5 x 8.5 x 9
Price: $800.00


SHARDS 7
Media: Fired ceramics, concrete, mixed media
Dimensions: 21 x 9 x 8
Price: $1,200.00

SHARDS 8
Media: Fired ceramics, concrete, mixed media
Dimensions: 4.5 x 12 x 12
Price: $900.00

SHARDS 12
Media: Fired ceramics, concrete, mixed media
Dimensions: 5 x 11 x 1
Price: $900.00


BOWL
Media: Salt-vapor glazed stoneware
Dimensions: 7 x 15 x 15
Price: $200.00

FLAT BOTTOM BASIN
Media: Salt-vapor glazed stoneware
Dimensions: 9 x 13 x 13
Price: $300.00

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