Stephen Heywood

Curriculum Vitae

Material Systems

June 7 - July 26, 2014

Opening reception on Saturday, June 7 from 4-7pm

Artists’ Talk on Saturday, June 21 at 4pm.

Artist Statement

My work takes influence from things that are industrial, mechanical and manmade. I often reference architectural structures that have surrounded me throughout my life. These consist of barns, silos, factories and water towers as well as many other structures. Many of these buildings are used for containment and are in essence vessels of function. These buildings, which are often run down and abandoned show with their weathered exterior textures of flaking paint and rusted steel, a course of production and history. In my work I look to their weathered exterior textures for inspiration and ideas on surface treatment. The simple geometric shapes of these structures are often echoed in the main body and various parts of my pieces. Chimneys, windows, vents, smokestacks and piping are integrated in my work as decoratively charged elements of visual interest. Sometimes these elements are incorporated into my work as handles, lids, and spouts. I also incorporate numbers and symbols on my work through the use slip stencils and laser print transfers. These markings give variety and reference the architectural structures that I look to for inspiration. I often leave marks on the form as evidence of the working process. These subtle marks are then accentuated by the firing process and help to give my work the same sense of history and aged qualities that I look to for inspiration.

Artist Bio

Stephen Heywood received his Bachelors of Science Degree in ceramics from Southern Utah University and his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.He has been a visiting artist at a number of colleges and Universities throughout the country.Heywood Exhibits his work extensively and had been in over 200 national juried shows and invitationals. In 2004 Heywood was selected to represent the United States in the First International,Ceramics Journal Editors Symposium, Emerging Artist exhibition, in Xian China. In 2011 Heywood participated in and won the “Craft Award” in the Westmoreland Arts National in Westmoreland Pennsylvania. In 2013 he was awarded an honorable mention at the 8th Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Cheongju, Korea. He is a member of The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and a board member for the Florida Crafts Council. Selected publications include: 500 Cups, 500 Bowls, The Best of 500 Ceramics, Image Transfer on Clay, Printing on Clay, and the Periodicals Clay Times and Ceramics Monthly. As an artist he is primarily interested in ceramic wheel-thrown vessels and hand-built mechanical forms that relate to function. His work is influenced by architectural structures including factories, silos and water towers. These vessels are often composed of many wheel-thrown and hand-built parts and take their shape as small “functional sculpture”. He is currently as Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.