The clay body is a high porcelain content stoneware that is fired to cone 11 in a gas kiln. The pieces are thrown and joined and added on to. They are reshaped and altered as they dry and the surface is treated like a drawing and relief surface. Many of the recent pieces were influenced by bronze work of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-481 B.C.E.) and the glaze and buff stoneware of the Warring States (480-221 B.C.E.).
Unlike some contemporary work with great contrasts and high levels of definability, these works are subtle, take some time to read, study, and discern. Over the past 3-4 years, I have developed some active wood ash glazes based on simple classic three or four formulas. The result is a traditional blue ash that when applied then will be an emerald green, an orange cascading leopard skin, and an aged bronze like glaze. The goal was to arrive at glazes that would produce great variance with one consistent application.
About the Artist:
Thomas Brewer has a B.A. in Art Education and Ceramics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (1973), an M.A. in Art from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1985), and a Ph.D. in Art Education from Florida State University (1989). After graduating in 1973, Brewer worked as a studio potter for nine years and began teaching in 1982. He has taught K-Post Graduate art and art education for 35 years. Thomas Brewer was most recently the Coordinator of Art Education at UCF from 1996 to December 2015. He served in similar positions at three universities before ending up in Orlando.
Recently, Tom has been featured in solo exhibitions at Mjólkurbúðinni Listagilinu, Akureyri, Iceland, 2016 (with Gils Artist Residency) and William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS, 2015.
His studio work has been included in exhibitions at the South Carolina Museum, Columbia, SC; McKissick Museum, Columbia, SC; the Arkansas Art Center and the Arkansas Art Center Decorative Museum, Little Rock, AR; the Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, IN; and the Walton Art Center, Fayetteville, AR. National exhibitions include: American Crafts Council Spotlight Exhibitions; Ohr Rising: Gulf States Competition; in 2008 A Twist on Tradition: National Juried Exhibition and Jersey Shore Clay National, Platters and Pourers National; Red Heat: Contemporary Works in Clay 2010; and Functional/Dysfunctional National Juried Ceramics Competition 2013. Brewer is currently represented at the Florida Craftsman Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL; Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA; Arts on Douglas, New Smyrna Beach, FL, and The Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL.