Hello, I am Kurt Blackman. I am from Walla Walla, WA, I am a 3-Dimensional Art student with a concentration in Ceramics. When I am not in the studio you can find me with friends or playing urban golf.
You will find a strong attention detail in my work accompanied by complimenting glaze combinations, sleek exterior design and elegant features in the lip and foot of each individual piece. The goal for each of my works is to look well-constructed and hold some sort of use to the owner.
This is a dish set that I completed in the fall of 2019. I made this set under the impression that making a dish set could really show my true mastery of throwing. Instead it was a test of procedure and patience, knowing when exactly you opened the master bowl, or how tall the master cup is. Either way it was a game of comparing one piece to another, chasing perfection. Upon completion I was fed up with this whole project, beginning to dread coming in to throw. Unless I was working on one of the pitchers or serving bowls. I enjoyed making these much more because I could spend time on one piece, making it its own complete vessel.
This shape took me many, many tries to accomplish. I necked the bottle in at the top to add variation in the body of the vessel. These glazes were chosen to not overpower but instead compliment what’s within. This vessel has been used to hold many bouquets of flowers and is awaiting another.
For the profile of this serving bowl I really wanted it to appear to lift off of the table. By adding a tall foot, the bowl will elevate whatever lies inside for the user. I chose these colors because not only do they blend really well together, they also compliment while not overpowering the deliciousness within.
This pitcher was made during the exploration of adding and subtracting clay. I left the top untouched. Moving down the vessel I used a wire to remove parts of the outer wall. This carving adds a simple flare to the piece.
All three of these works compliment what I seek to achieve in my work, simple but impactful changes that tailor to what lies inside the vessel.
This piece was inspired by something I find immense value in, the freedom of speech. I see this as a luxury that’s both crippling and uplifting; Speech can be used to diminish, insult, ridicule, encourage, exasperate, the possibilities are endless. As one of my only pieces that has a conceptual meaning behind It. I figured it was best to include this into my blog as an artist to give you a glimpse into what I find value in.
This was a piece I made in my first year of college. Being new to all the courses Whitworth had to offer really allowed me to explore my style of art. I chose these colors due to the contrast between them all. This is important to my art and design because this is a simple pattern accompanied by a simple color scheme, yet it gets used at every Christmas party.
This was made for an assignment in the beginning glass my freshman year. The piece turned out exactly how I wanted, the bright colors in the middle being surrounded by the clear glass adds view to what lies beneath the glass dish. This is another favorite when looking for a veggie or cookie tray.
For this piece I was exploring melting glass into a ceramic form. In high school I experimented a little by placing marbles into the bottom of a vessel before being fired for the second time. For this project I used broken pieces of fused glass instead. Overall, I think it worked much better. The colors blended better and are more vibrant. On the outside of the vessel is carved “Warren G 20’” referencing what dorm I stayed in my first year while attending Whitworth.
For this vessel I focused on varying the texture in preparation for another, much larger piece. In the end it turned out just how I wanted, so I kept it. The aspect of this piece that is most favorable is the sleek line between the glazed and the unglazed areas. In addition to that the varying shades of yellow throughout the exterior of the piece compliment the bare stoneware.
This was made for the kitchen in my college house. Having seven guys means a lot of cooking so a utensil holder was useful. This design was in process as the Pandemic set in, so I was unable to refine it to perfection. However, the flaring lip coupled with the rolls on the exterior add to the holders form.