Was Here:10/14/2012 12:28:52 PST
About me: Michigan-based American ceramic artist Skip Bleecker creates world-class fine artwork available to private collectors, corporate collections, museums, art galleries, offices, hotels and restaurants. A majority of the work consists of wheel thrown porcelain forms based on organic patterns of microscopic and macroscopic organisms.
Some are based on seed pods, teeth, pollen, sea animals, squash, and even watermelon, but as the development proceeds, they merge and take on new forms of possible and imaginary organisms. All are hand made, one-of-a-kind pieces, usually done in a series, so there might be some similarity among some pieces, but no two are ever exactly alike.
For much of Skip’s life he has been involved in various types of so-called arts & crafts, and an early memory is making clay jack-o-lanterns in kindergarten. He is experienced in leather work, lapidary, copper enamel, copper tool, ceramic tile, reed basketry, lanyard weaving, and other crafts. He learned to slipcast clay while in the Air Force, and to throw pots in his first semester at Central Michigan University.
Skip started in ceramics and was gradually drawn into sculpture over the next few years, until he had a dual concentration in both. Skip Bleecker’s road to becoming a professional fine artist started in functional ceramics, led into sculptural ceramics, to sculpture in clay, through some video experiments, and now even including computer graphics.
For most of Skip’s life, he has been both attracted to and very allergic to, large numbers of trees, grasses, and bushes. He has refused to become trapped indoors just because of these allergies, and as he began to develop unique sculptural forms, he examined both macroscopic and microscopic elements of nature. By examining the form and structure of seeds and other natural objects, he found great beauty in these simple forms, and developed simple organic sculptural designs, based on slightly abstract versions of these natural world objects.