Arthur Halvorsen

About

Arthur is a graduate of Maine College of Art where he received his BFA in ceramics. Arthur's work is handbuilt functional earthenware using bisque molds, slip, underglaze, stamps, sprig molds, printmaking techniques and colorful, runny glazes. His work can be seen at the Mudflat Gallery in Cambridge MA, Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester MA, Red Star Studios in Kansas City MO, Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge MT and AKAR in Iowa City IA. He was featured in the November/December 2010 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated "Flower? Just add water!" and has been included in numerous shows at galleries and museums across the United States.

Arthur Frequently teaches at Mudflat Studios in Somerville MA and at the Harvard Ceramics Studio in Allston MA. He has also taught workshops and given his artist talk to groups as well, if interested please send an email to arthurhalvorsen @ gmail.com

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, tweaking it with sprinkles of spontaneity. The best pleasure is in the creativity and not expecting 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 plates, cups or bowls, but to make pieces infused with my own flavor and put my mark on the world. My pieces contain this essence of fun and joy. Nothing succeeds like excess and so I decorate over the top; layering patterns with images of animals that I have a connection and infinity to are critical in my studio practice.

 

Resume

Arthur Halvorsen

c/o Mudflat Studios | 81 Broadway | Somerville, MA 02145

781-267-6403

arthurhalvorsen@gmail.com

arthurhalvorsenceramics.com

 

 

Education

2003-2007 Maine College of Art, Portland ME, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics

 

Exhibitions

2017

*The Holiday Show Plough Gallery, Tilton GA

*Instructor Show Office for the Arts at Harvard University, Allston MA

Mudflat Studios Annual Spring Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

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

 

2016

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

Mudflat Studios Annual Spring Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

*Carbondale Clay Center 19th Annual Benefit Cup Auction Carbondale Clay Center,Carbondale, CO

Mudflat Studios Annual Holiday Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

 

2015

*Seeing Red Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge MT

Mudflat Studios Annual Spring Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

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

*Harvard Ceramics Instructor Spotlight NCECA exhibition Office for the arts at Harvard University, Allston MA

*POW! Pots on Wheels NCECA exhibition POW! Mobile Gallery, Providence RI

 

2014

Mudflat Studios Annual Spring Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

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

*2014 Yunomi Invitational AKAR Gallery, Iowa City IA

*The Cup Show Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA

*Carbondale Clay Center 15th Annual Benefit Cup Auction Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO

Mudflat Studios Annual Holiday Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

 

2013

Mudflat Studios Annual Holiday Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

*Carbondale Clay Center 16th Annual Benefit Cup Auction Carbondale Clay Center,Carbondale, CO

Artist of the Month Mudflat Gallery Mudflat Gallery, Cambridge MA

*The Cup Show Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA

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

*Bowled Over Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA

Mudflat Studios Annual Spring Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

*2013 Yunomi Invitational AKAR Gallery, Iowa City IA

*Worcester Crafts Center Pottery Invitational Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA

 

2012

Mudflat Studios Annual Holiday Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

*Carbondale Clay Center 15th Annual Benefit Cup Auction Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO

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

*Made in America DowStudio Deer Isle, ME

*2012 Yunomi Invitational AKAR Gallery, Iowa City IA

*Create: The Art and Craft of Boston Handmade ArcWorks Community Art Center, Peabody MA

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

Mudflat Studios Annual Spring Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

 

2011

Mudflat Studios Annual Holiday Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

*Carbondale Clay Center 14th Annual Benefit Cup Auction Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO

Mudflat Studios 40th Anniversary Gala Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

*Bright Schaller Gallery, St Joseph MI

Mudflat Studios Annual Spring Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

 

2010

Mudflat Studios Annual Holiday Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

Drawing The Line University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

*EWARE: Marc Digeros and Other Boys That Get Low Red Star Studios, Kansas City MO

Mudflat Studios Annual Spring Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

 

2009

*Carbondale Clay Center 12th Annual Benefit Cup Auction Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO

Mudflat Studios Annual Holiday Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

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

Artist of the Month Mudflat Gallery Mudflat Gallery, Cambridge MA

Carbondale Clay National V Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO

Jersey Shore Clay National MT Burton Gallery, Surf City NJ

Mudflat Studios Annual Spring Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

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

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

 

2008

Mudflat Studios Annual Holiday Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

Mudflat Studios Annual Spring Show and Sale Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

 

2007

Maine College of Art Senior Thesis Exhibition ICA at Maine College of Art, Portland ME

Art Honors The Portland Company, Portland ME

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

NASAD Re-accreditation Show Maine College of Art, Portland ME

Craze Resistant: Senior Ceramic Major’s Maine College of Art, Portland ME

 

2006

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

 

(asterisk denotes invitational group show)

 

Work Experience

October 2014-Present

Office for the Arts at Harvard University

*Social Media for Artists, month long class focused on using social media to its full potential for artists

*Pots Upside Down & Inside Out, emphasis on slump and hump molds

*Food for thought, emphasis on creating pieces with a specific food or meal in mind.

 

September 2007-Present

Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA

*Technical Assistant- loading, firing, and unloading kilns. Mixing glazes and slips, recycling clay along with other general studio upkeep

*Tablescapes Adult Class, emphasis on party themed utilitarian objects

*Beginning Handbuilding, emphasis on basic handbuilding techniques

*Drape Molds Adult Class, emphasis on slump and hump molds

*Dry Throwing workshop, 1 Day workshop on dry throwing technique

*Social Media Workshop, I day work shop on how to use social media for ceramic artists

*21 Century Elementary School Program Ceramics Teacher

*Full Circle High School Ceramics Teacher

*BCS (Boston Children's School) Summer Program

*Clay for Teens, wheel and handbuilding assignments

*Clay for Kids handbuilding assignments

 

May 2007-April 2014

Boston Duck Tours, Ticket Booth Supervisor, Boston MA

 

Fall 2003-Spring 2007

Maine College of Art Office of Admissions, Portland ME

 

Workshops/Lectures

2017

LACS, Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, Lexington MA Artist Lecture

2014

Office for the Arts at Harvard University, Allston MA slide lecture

Penland School of Crafts, Penland NC slide lecture

Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA one day workshop on how artists can use social media to their full potential

2013

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA Visiting Artist/One day workshop on printingmaking techniques for ceramics and slide lecture

Mudflat Studios, Somerville MA one day workshop on dry throwing

 

Awards

Penland School of Crafts studio assistant scholarship, assistant to Jeremy Randall, Summer 2016

Penland School of Crafts studio assistant scholarship, assistant to Kathy King, Summer 2014

Penland School of Crafts general work study scholarship, Summer 2013

Penland School of Crafts general work study scholarship, Summer 2009

Maine College of Art Talent Award 2003-2007

 

Publications/Media

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

Chronicle WCVB Boston, “Happenin' Hoods” May 3, 2016

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

Ceramics Monthly, Upfront Section September 2010 Eware: Marc Digeros and Other Boys That Get Low, page 22

 

Gallery Affiliations

Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge MT

AKAR Gallery, Iowa City IA

Mudflat Gallery, Porter Square Cambridge MA

Red Star Studios, Kansas City MO

Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA