John McCuistion
Artist Statement

     I have had the privilege of being involved in the teaching and making of art my entire adult life. The pieces in 40 Years an exhibition in Kittredge Gallery on the campus of the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA 2008, span my entire career of making art with clay, from 1967 through the present. I’ve never had a problem coming up with ideas. From humor to protesting wars, any subject is fair game. I love the physicality of clay and the communal experience of working in the ceramic studio. Clay is rewarding and confounding, so it is always a challenge.

     Through my work I am able to contribute to the long tradition of the artist as teacher, recorder and seer. As an artist, the contributions I make to society are important and meaningful.

     My success is due in large part to the excellent and supportive instruction I received as an undergraduate and graduate student. It’s been my good fortune to have a career that allows me to make art and teach art. I hope that in some measure I provide students the same kind of instruction and encouragement that I received early in my career.


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