Steve Godfrey

ARTIST STATEMENT


There is a  tradition in jazz in which a musician entitles a recording in tribute to a  friend, mentor, producer or relative. I imagine these songs beginning from a  surge of inspiration, quickly developing into a composition using educated  improvisation. As the song emerges, so does a blurry portrait in the musician’s  imagination. The form of the music begins to exude a spirit that acts as a  reminder of a moment in time, a conversation, or a person. This leads to a  tribute, a title.

Presently, I am  making work based on this process. The shapes I have chosen to make are  informed by ceremonial pieces from other cultures. In past centuries,  centerpieces, salt cellars, funerary urns, planters and fruit bowls occupied an  important place in a home or palace. Their sculptural presence and figural  content transcended common pottery forms. Their intricacies seemed to beckon  contemplation. The passage of time has eroded their significance.

I began making  birds as a response to my growing interest in old ivory bird carvings done by  the Native people of King Island and St. Lawrence Island. This work embodies  the innate understanding of form and curvature only gained by keen observation.  I create my birds with the intention of hinting at the sweetness of personality  and gesture of which both birds and humans are capable of. The intimacy of  their character is meant to complement the serious architectural qualities of  the container they rest on and act as a representation of a memory of specific  people who have passed or as tributes to people who I admire. Like some jazz  tribute compositions, the personal meaning in my work might be obscure to the  general audience. But I hope that my own musing is constructed in a way that  provides some comfort to people.

Steven M. Godfrey
Box 233992
Anchorage, Ak 99523
907-786-6920
afsmg@uaa.alaska.edu

PERSONAL HISTORY

1970 Born, Springfield, Ma

EDUCATION

  • 1996 New York State College Of Ceramics At Alfred University, Alfred NY
    Master Of Fine Arts In Ceramics
     
  • 1994 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
    Special Student In Ceramics
      
  • 1993 The Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT
    Bachelor Of Fine Arts In Ceramics
     

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2004 – Present University Of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage AK
    Assistant Professor Of Art
     
  • 1999 - 2003 University Of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage  AK
    Visiting Professor Of Art

  • 1998 Archie Bray Foundation For The Ceramic Arts, Helena  MT
    Instructor Of Ceramics

  • 1996 – 97 The Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT
    Adjunct Faculty In Ceramics
     

WORKSHOPS

  • 2007
    Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT “Covered Containers”
     
  • 2006
    University Of Manitoba, Winnipeg Manitoba “Roberts And Godfrey”
    Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY “Porcelain: Revealing A Touch”
    West Chester Community College, White Plains, NY “Bottles”
     
  • 2005
    Ohio State University, Bowling Green, OH “ Ceramic Design”
    University Of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK “Detail”

  • 2004
    Ohio University, Athens, OH “Lecture & Critique”

  • 2003
    Seward Park Art Center, Seattle, WA “Creative Surfaces”
     
  • 2001
    Ohm Pottery Institute, Anchorage, AK “Kiln Building”

    Girdwood Center For The Arts, Girdwood, Ak “Pit Firing”
  • 1999
    University Of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK “Altered Pots”
     
  • 1998
    Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT “Wood Firing”

  • 1997
    Westchester Community Art Center, White Plains, NY “Utilitarian Pots”

  • 1996
    Salve Regina College, Providence, RI “Utilitarian Pots”
    University Of Connecticut, Storrs, CT “Basic Wheel Throwing Techniques”

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2008
    Kimura Gallery, University Of Alaska, Anchorage  AK
    Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, AK
    Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai, AK
  • 2007
      Kobo Gallery, Seattle, WA
     
  • 2006
    Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY “Remembrance” 
  • 2003
    Kobo Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 2002
    Girdwood Center For The Arts, Girdwood, AK
  • 2000 
    Decker Morris Gallery, Anchorage, AK
     
  • 1999
    Edgewater Gallery, Seward, AK
    Holter Museum Of Art, Helena, MT 
  • 1997
    Westchester Community Art Center, White Plains, NY
  • 1996
    Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2009
      Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY  “Made In Clay”
      Nceca Conference, Phoenix, AZ  “La Mesa Functional Exhibition”
      Duley Jones Gallery, Phoenix, AZ  “Referents And Research”
      Anchorage Museum Of Art,  Anchorage, AK  “Masters Of  Mud V”
      Yes Gallery, Warren, RI  “Invitational
     
  • 2008
      Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT “Alumni Exhibition”
      Kimura Gallery, University Of Alaska, Anchorage, AK  “Faculty Exhibition”
      Bunnell Street Art Center, Homer, AK  “Steve Godfrey And Don Weir”
      Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge Montana  “Featured Artist”
      Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT  “Ahead Of Need”
      Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT  “Cut”
      Art Galley At Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, NY  “All Fired Up”
      Westmont College, Santa Barbara, Ca  “Form And Function”
      Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM  “Slip, Slurp, Gulp”
      Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY  “Pots That Pour”
      Nceca Conference, Pittsburgh, PA  “La Mesa Functional Exhibition”
      Nceca Conference, Pittsburgh, PA  “Table Of Elements”
      Nceca Conference, Pittsburgh, PA  “Greatest Show On Earth
      Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN  “American Pottery Festival”
  • 2007 
      Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD “Winterfest, 2007”
      Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT  “Focused Function”
      Girdwood Center For The Visual Arts, Girdwood, AK  “For The Table”
      Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN  “American Pottery Festival”
      Anchorage Museum Of Art,  Anchorage, AK  “Masters Of Mud Iv”
      Kobo Gallery, Seattle, WA  “The Simple Cup”
      Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO  “Exhibiting Artist”
      Kirkland Art Center, Seattle, WA  “Intelligent Design”
      Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM  “Tea”
      Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM “Salt And Pepper”
      Nceca Conference, Louisville, KY  “La Mesa Functional Exhibition”
      Nceca Conference, Louisville, KY  “Kansas City Pot Revisited”
      Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY  “Cups Coming Together”
      Mellwood Arts Center, Louisville, KY  “Revisiting The Kansas City Pot”
      Anchorage Museum Of Art,  Anchorage, AK  “Earth, Fire, And Fiber”
      Archie Bray Foundation For Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT  “Scholarship Auction” 
  • 2006
      Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO  “Teapot Show”
      Anchorage Museum Of Art,  Anchorage, AK  “Masters Of  Mud Iii”
      Market House Craft Center,  Lancaster, PA  “Strictly Functional National”
      Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN  “American Pottery Festival”
      Nceca Conference, Portland, Or  “La Mesa Functional Exhibition”
      Gallery 7126, Porland, OR “Taking It Oustside”
      Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, AK  “Steve Godfrey And Tina Shi”
      Kobo Gallery, Seattle, WA  “The Simple Cup”
      Bell’s Nursery And Gifts, Anchorage, AK  “Steve Godfrey & Jeff Dalton”
      Westchester Community College, White Plains, NY  “Ceramic Invitational”
      Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT  “Exhibiting Artist”
      Archie Bray Foundation For Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT  “Scholarship Auction”
      Archie Bray Foundation For Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT  “Cup Auction”
      Harris Street Gallery, Helena, MT  “Near And Far: ”
      Artique, Anchorage, Ak  “35 Th Anniversary Exhibition”
      Lsu School Of Art, Baton Rouge, LA  “8 Fluid Ounces Cup Exhibition”
      Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ  “20+1: An Invitational Exhibition”
      Under The Midnight Sun Studio, Anchorage, AK  “Holiday Exhibition And Sale”
     
  • 2005
      Anchorage Museum Of Art, Anchorage, AK  “Earth, Fire And Fiber”
      Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA  “Gifted: The Clay Studio’s Holiday Exhibition”
      Gallery One, Ellensburh, WA “Featured Artist”
      Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM  “Cups, Cups, Cups”
      Kobo Gallery, Seattle, WA  “Cups And Mugs”
      Flux Gallery, Rhinebeck, Ny  “Galley Opening Exhibition”
      Artique, Anchorage, AK  “Exhibiting Artist”
      Tho Art Gallery, Seoul Art Fair, Seoul Korea “Three American Potters”
      Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN “North American Pottery Festival”
      Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD  “Winterfest 2004”
      Fly By Night Club, Anchorage, AK “Annual Pottery Show & Sale”
  • 2004
      Anchorage Museum Of Art, Anchorage, AK  “ Uaa Faculty Exhibition”
      Anchorage Museum Of Art, Anchorage, AK “ Masters Of Mud”
      Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA “Winter Exhibition”
      Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD “Winterfest”
      Watershed Center For Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Pa “Salad Days” 
  • 2003
      The Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA “An Affinity For The Cup”
      Art And Industry Gallery, San Diego, CA “Generations: Impending Lineage”
      Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI “For The House And Garden”
      Lancaster Museum Of Art, Lancaster, PA “Craft National”
      Clay Studio, Philedelphia, PA “Holiday Exhibition”
      Artique, Anchorage, AK “Exhibiting Artist”
  • 2002
      Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, AK “Three Alaskan Potters”
      Mpress,  Kansas City, MO “The Kansas City Pot”
      Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY “Four Potters”
      Performing Arts Center, Anchorage, AK “ Holiday Show And Sale”
      Botanical Gardens, Anchorage, AK “Summer Sale And Exhibition  
  • 2001
      Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI “Ewers”
      Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT “Ceramics 2001”
      Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI  “Spring Show”
      Market House Craft Center, East Petrersburg, PA “Strictly Functional”
      Ryan And Mclain, Helena  MT “National Teapot Exhibition”
      Esmay Fine Art, Rochester, NY “Porcelain 2000”
      Vermont Clay Studio, Waterbury, VT “Porcelain Revisited”
    The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA  “Couplets: Duality In Clay”
  • 2000
      Red Rocks Community College, Denver, CO “A Touch Of Porcelain”
      Society Of Arts And Crafts, Boston, MA “Our Cups Runneth Over”
      Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD “Winterfest 2000”
      University Of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN “Focus On Function”
      The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA “Couplets, A Duality In Clay”
      Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, AK “Alaska Clay Exhibition”
    Market House Craft Center, Lancasetr, PA “Strictly Functional”
  • 1999
      Anchorage Museum Of Art, Anchorage, AK “Holiday Sale”
      Kimura Gallery, University Of Alaska, Anchorage, AK “Faculty Exhibition”
      Campus Gallery, University Of Alaska, Anchorage, AK “Visions Of Structure”
      Guilford Hand Craft Center, Guilford, CT “Guilford 99”
  • 1998 
      Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA  “Working With Function”
      Middletown Fine Arts Center, Middletown, OH “Crossroads In Clay”
      Whitefish Gallery, Whitefish, MT “Resident Artist Exhibition”
      Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT “Resident Exhibition”
      Behl Park Art Center, Bozeman, MT “Resident Artists Exhibition”
      Society Of Arts And Crafts, Boston, MA “Emerging Artists
  • 1997 
     Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT “Usa Craft Today 97”
      Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT “Faculty Exhibition”
      Nancy Margolis Gallery, Portland, ME “Summer Artists”
      Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO “Teapots” Invitational Exhibition”
      Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Exhibiting Artist”
      Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA “Strictly Functional”
     
  • 1996
      Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT “Faculty Exhibition”
      Nancy Margolis Gallery, Portland, ME “Summer Artists”
      Coffee Germanow Gallery, Rochester, NY “Alfred Graduate Student Exhibition”
      University Of Rochester, Rochester, NY “Nceca Student Exhibition”
      Turner Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY “The Works”
      Strong Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY “Exhibiting Artist”
  • 1994
    Turner Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY “First Year Graduate Exhibition”
    Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO “Graduating Student Exhibition”
  • 1993
      Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT “Bfa Exhibition”
      Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA “Strictly Functional”
      New Britain Art League, New Britain, CT “Clay Today”
     

AWARDS

  • 2000
    Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, AK Best In Show, Alaska Clay Exhibition
  • 1999
    University Of Alaska, Anchorage, AK University Of Alaska Travel Grant
  • 1996
    Alfred University, Alfred, NY Graduate Fellowship
  • 1993
      Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT  
      Helen Cheney Martin Award Of Excellence
     

JUROR

  • 2005
    Fairbanks Arts Association, Fairbanks, AK “Interior Artisans”
  • 2004
    Ohio University, Athens, OH “Brat Off Bratwurst Competition”
  • 2001
    Girdwood Center For The Arts, Girdwood, AK “Cup Show Ii”
  • 2000
      Kenai Potters Guild, Kenai, AK “Kenai Clay Exhibition”

COLLECTIONS

  • Archie Bray Foundation For The Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
  • Museum For Ceramic Arts At Alfred University, Alfred, NY
  • Wayne Higby, Alfred, NY
  • Robert Phannebecker, Lancaster, PA
  • Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School. West Hartford, CT
  • Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO