Arthur Halvorsen

About

Arthur Halvorsen is a graduate of Maine College of Art where he received his BFA in ceramics. Arthur's work uses bright colors, textures and patterns on earthenware, drawing from pop art, coloring books and tattoos as source material. Arthur is a Mudflat studio artist, and he teaches classes and workshops at both Mudflat and Harvard Ceramics and and other venues nationally. His work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. Keep up to date with me more accurately on Instagram @arthurhalvorsen


Artist Statement

Throughout my life I have always been attracted to things, people and places that are over the top. The lavish and the excess feed my creative soul, which I take and interpret the same attention to detail into my studio practice. My work evolves through creative repetition; making the same form over and over, drawing the same images of flora or fauna, tweaking them with sprinkles of spontaneity.

A pop of color here, an action line there. The pleasure is in the process, in working in contradiction of the ordinary. Vivienne Westwood once said "I'm not trying to do something different, I'm trying to do the same thing but in a different way." This quote resonates with me. I'm not trying to reinvent platters, cups or cake stands, but to make pieces infused with my own flavor. I am putting my bold mark on the world. My pieces embody fun and joy. Nothing succeeds like excess and so I decorate over the top; layering patterns with images, creating my own worlds, with lots of color.

My work is a reflection of what kind of world I want to live in. Life can be dark at times or just not going your way. I find, when I'm in my studio, it is my sanctuary. A place to escape. I fill it with what I want to project out into the world. I see my drawings of flowers as full of personality, which is illustrated through their vibrant color combinations. The color and gesture of the flowers express emotions, show movement, and take on a human like quality.

 


Resume

Arthur Halvorsen

Mudflat Studios | 81 Broadway | Somerville, MA 02145

781-267-6403

arthurhalvorsen@gmail.com

 

 

Education

 

2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Maine College of Art, Ceramics

 

 

Select Group Exhibitions

 

2017 Carbondale Clay National XII – The Art of Utility Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Instructor Show, Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard, Allston MA

Put A Bird On It, Portland NCECA Exhibition, Portland OR

 

2016 The Cup Show, River Oaks Art Center, River Oaks LA

 

2015 Seeing Red Red, Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge MT

The State of Clay, NCECA Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton MA

Harvard Ceramics Instructor Spotlight, Providence NCECA Exhibition, Ceramics Program – Office for the Arts at Harvard, Allston, MA

POW! (Pots on Wheels), NCECA POW! Mobile Gallery, Providence RI

 

2014 The State of Clay, Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, Lexington MA

Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City IA

 

2013 Artist of the Month, Mudflat Gallery Mudflat Gallery, Cambridge MA

The Cup Show, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA

Steinzeugkrug: Present Day, Claymakers Gallery & North Carolina Museum of Art, Durham NC

Bowled Over, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA

Worcester Crafts Center Invitational, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA

 

2012 Our Cups Runneth Over, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston MA

Made in America, DowStudio Deer Isle, ME

The State of Clay, Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, Lexington MA

 

2011 Mudflat Studios 40th Anniversary Gala, Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

Bright, Schaller Gallery, St Joseph MI

 

2010 Drawing The Line, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

EWARE: Boys That Get Low, Red Star Studios, Kansas City MO

 

 

2009 Maine College of Art, Art Auction, ICA at Maine College of Art, Portland ME

Artist of the Month, Mudflat Gallery, Cambridge MA

Carbondale Clay National V, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO

Jersey Shore Clay National, MT Burton Gallery, Surf City NJ

Flamingo-A-Go-Go, Maine College of Art, Portland ME

The State of Clay, Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, Lexington MA

 

 

Teaching Experience

 

             2007-Present Instructor Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

2017 Instructor, Harvard Ceramics Program, Allston, MA

2016 Teaching Assistant – Jeremy Randall, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2014-2015 Instructor, Harvard Ceramics Program, Allston, MA

2014 Teaching Assistant - Kathy King, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

            2012 Teaching Assistant - Gail Kendall, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

 

 

Publications/Media

 

Teaching to the Test”, Ceramics Monthly, author Glen Brown, September 2016, pages 20-23

 

Happenin' Hoods”, Chronicle - WCVB Boston, May 3, 2016, TV segment

 

Cake? Just Add Flower!” Pottery Making Illustrated, author Arthur Halvorsen, Nov/Dec 2010 Pages 17-20

 

Ceramics Monthly, Upfront Section, September 2010, page 22

 

 

Residency

 

2012-Present Resident Artist, Mudflat Studios, Somerville, MA