by Bunny McBride
Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
April 2 - May 18, 2008
Bunny McBride was born in Butte, Montana in 1938. He earned his M.F.A. in Ceramics Arts from Alfred University, Alfred, NY, and since 1970, has been teaching ceramics at the University of Iowa, where he has also served as head of the ceramics department since 1991. His work has been featured in an extensive list of solo and group exhibits and he is the recipient of numerous grants, including several from the University of Iowa and one from the Montana Arts Council and NEA to study ceramics at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. He has twice visited China to research and share information on ancient ceramics and archeological discoveries, and he has also helped document ancient kiln sites in Korea.
"I am a ceramist and have been for over 40 years. As a Montanan born and raised in the western end of the state, I began ceramics under Lyndon Pomeroy when he taught at Northern Montana College and finished my undergraduate degree under Francis Senska and Jesse Wilber at Montana State University. I worked for David Shaner at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena before he left for his studio at Bigfork, Montana. After finishing graduate school at Alfred University, Alfred, New York, I began teaching ceramics in Iowa City, Iowa 1970. I have been teaching ceramics at the University of Iowa for the last 34 years and am currently Chair of Ceramics. We still maintain strong ties to Montana. My wife is an integral part of the studio and business of pottery, contributing a great deal to the success of my pots.
The ceramics that I make is utilitarian, functional, and one of a kind. I make the clay body, glazes and do my own firing and marketing. My philosophy is to make the best work possible and to give it a personality that makes each piece meaningful to the purchaser and user. I don't make things that entertain, titillate, or mesmerize. I try very hard to make things that work well and add a “down to earth” positive quality to the life of the user."