International Artist in Residence (iAir) at the  School of Art

Ceramics Artist – Martin Tagseth will talk on his work on October 8th, at 6 pm  in Cheever 215

Martin is the iAir artist for the School of Art 2013 and will be on campus teaching and making new work for the next five weeks.

There will be an exhibition of his work at the Helen E Copeland Gallery; 30th October –  13th November

Public Reception 14th November 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm  – Corrected Date

Potter Martin Tagseth received his first formal art education in Alberta, earning a Fine Art Diploma from Red Deer College in 1989. He then traveled to Halifax, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1991. Tagseth’s studies next took him to Norway’s Insstitutt Keramisk Kunndsthandervk, and finally to Ohio State University, where he received his Master of Fine Arts in 1994. Since, Tagseth has been teaching and leading workshops at various institutions in Canada and the United States, including Red Deer College, the University of Alaska, the University of Manitoba, the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and the Hartford School of Art (Connecticut). Tagseth is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Regina, a position he began in 2008.

Tagseth’s pottery is influenced by his western Canadian agrarian upbringing and the ceramic traditions of 17th Century Korea and China. Making use of wood-firing, salt-firing, and applied glaze chemistry, Tagseth’s works are conceptual, though they involve traditional vessel forms. Tagseth writes: “It is not my intent to consciously direct the viewer toward a specific aesthetic, but to simply present them with what I consider to be poetic objects that may alter the way in which they view ceramics as a whole….The forms used throughout are both historically & culturally significant, and are intended to be recognizable as such. By altering the scale, proportion, surface considerations and the spaces the works inhabit, the resulting ceramic pieces are seen in constructed or fabricated context, and provide the viewer with a new reading on the object’s tradition.”

The International Artist in Residence is made possible by funds from the Beulah Glaze Waller Visiting Artist Fund