Alumni Artists-In-Residence

ERIC STEARNS

Clay

Eric Stearns was born near North Platte, Nebraska. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2003 from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, and then opened his first studio, Stearns Ceramics, in North Platte. After a couple of years teaching full time, working in his studio, and assisting his family on the ranch, he re-committed to his art and received a Master of Fine Arts in 2008, studying under Linda Ganstrom at Fort Hays State University.  Eric then returned to Doane College and is now associate professor and chair of the Art Department.

When not teaching, Eric spends time in the studio creating sculptural, pierced raku art. Through his work, he hopes to strike a chord with the viewer that conveys a fragile and fleeting existence.  He uses the raku process to accentuate the intersecting fragility of life, passionate connections, and the pain of betrayal, using the matrix of the objects to allude to those concepts.  With his interest in mathematics, he creates patterns and explores the relationships between those patterns, as well as the effects of the color and texture of the glazes he uses to elicit emotional responses.  He says, “Each piece created is an attempt at a reflection of who I am as a person and as an artist at the moment my hands touch the clay and then continues through the glazing and firing processes.  In this reflection, my hope is that a viewer can find a connection to their own experiences on this journey of life.”

Eric will be at HCCC through June, 2017.  To learn more about his work, visit http://stearnsceramics.com/.  

Above, from top to bottom: Eric Stearns. Photo by Eric Stearns. Eric Stearns, “Paladin Shield,” 2016. Raku, 16" x 5." Photo by Eric Stearns.

JENNA WRIGHT

CLAY

Jenna Wright graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a BFA focusing on ceramics and a BSE in art education. She received her MFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Primarily a ceramic sculptor, she often incorporates mixed media into her works.

Jenna says her work starts with the home and the dense suburban environment of her native New Jersey.  “The essence of intimacy and abstraction of the sociological home is what I debate. The molding of an individual, the formation (interior/exterior) of a home, and the shaping of a landscape all have common ideals in our society. I am exploring how conventional social pressures impact our understanding of home, domestic comforts, and objects, as well as introducing personal subject matter.”

Jenna was an artist-In-residence at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, Maryland. Most recently, she had a solo show at VisArts Center in Rockville, Maryland, showcasing work incorporating a variety of materials.  She has also participated in juried group exhibitions such as Women’s XXChange in Baltimore, Maryland, and Emulsion in Washington, D.C.

Jenna will be with HCCC for the month of July, 2017.  For more information, please visit http://www.jennawrightart.com/about/

Above, from top to bottom: Photo of Jenna Wright by Jenna Wright. Jenna Wright, “Partially Decorative,” 2017. Glazed earthenware and vinyl. Photo by Jenna Wright.