Gathering Together Is My Livelihood

Sake Bottle. 2012. 5″x5″. ceramic

Peter’s Story

Peter_Scherr_NCE_1_2014_plates

Dessert plates.  5″ dia. 2013. ceramic

The act of gathering and eating is what compels the art I make. Through functional pottery I am able to convey a sacred idea; that we should gather, make food and eat together.  The sculpture I create extends my thoughts beyond the table, using symbolic schema and historically inspired forms like tablets, tools and weapons. Continue Reading…

Performance Art Is My Livelihood

Photography by Lindsey French 

Sarah’s Story
I am an interdisciplinary artist and Assistant Professor of Art at Nebraska Wesleyan University. I enjoy the rhythm of the academic schedule as it dovetails with my art practice. During the summers and winter break I attend artist residencies and have exhibitions. Continue Reading…

Smiling Turtle Art Spot is My Livelihood

Dori’s Story

I’ve made my livelihood in a variety of settings, from jewelry store manager to sign language interpreter, software test engineer to artist.  Along the way I’ve found that what I most enjoy is helping people find something inside of them that ignites their passion, makes their eyes light up, or an aha! sound off in their head.
Continue Reading…

Clay and Fun Are My Livelihood

Enjoy this reblog of: Clay And Fun Are My Livelihood by Iggy Sumnik, this month’s featured artist in the Fred Simon Gallery at the Nebraska Arts Council.

Iggy’s Story
It started in Detroit as a kid when I took a class in ceramics. I was attracted to fire and heat and the fact that you need muscle to carry around the heavy clay. My instructor was someone I could ask questions of, like if certain ideas were good or if the piece could hold together structurally. He encouraged me to explore for myself whether it was going to work or not, and let failures be a natural part of the learning and creativity process.

I asked myself what was going to be fun for me and I decided I wanted to make my existence to revolve around creating with clay. And so I continued to push myself.

Continue Reading…