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ARTIST BIO

 

Erik Omundson

I am creative for selfish reasons: it is the process that entertains me. The finished product is not mine, but everyone's. I have no ownership, but I do have responsibilities to find homes for the objects I value. This careful selection is my very own language!


I was born on October 25, 1973 in Great Falls, Montana. At the age of 17,  Sam and Dean Borchers, two of my family's friends, introduced me to clay. They are responsible for setting the hook in me and making me a clayworker but not without an apology! In 1992, I studied Art and Architecture at Montana State University with clay as my focus. Then I moved to New Zealand in 1997 where I had an apprenticeship with Michael Odonnell. He helped organize my skills and directed me to the Driving Creek Railway with Barry Brickell where I continued my dreams and learning about primitive clay technology and clay building. I also really expanded my knowledge of thermal dynamics. Now I live on the Big Island of Hawaii where I am inspired by the procreation and virginity of Mother Earth.


Erik Omundson

Erik Omundson

erik.omundson@gmail.com

808-747-4864



Education

1992–1997: Montana University, Bozeman, MT 

Studies in Art & Architecture, concentration in ceramics, drawing and painting

1999: Anderson Ranch Art Center, Anderson Ranch, CO

Workshop with Peter Volkus and Paul Soldner

1997: Tarariki Pottery, Apprentice to Michael O’Donnell, Paeroa, New Zealand

1996: Firehole Potteries, Apprentice to Carl Sheean, Belgrade, MT

1990–1991: Apprentice to Sam and Dean Borchers, Highwood, MT


Work Experience

1992–Present: Studio Potter


2013–2018: Kailua Kona, Hawaii, Studio Potter and Teacher, Donkey Mill Art Center 


2011–2012: Penland Arts and Craft School Penland NC


2010–2011: Whitefish Pottery, Production Potter, Whitefish, MT

Solo potter making up to 200 thrown pots daily for regular pottery inventory and special orders 


1997–2010: Driving Creek Pottery and Railway (DCR), Guest Artist and Pottery Manager, Coromandel, New Zealand

Dug, processed, mixed and tested clay and glazes which were found locally.

Fired and maintained 14 on-site kilns (wood, oil, gas, electric) including wood coordination. 

Personal assistant to Barry Brickell, National Treasure to New Zealand and founder of DCR

(moved pots, mixed clay to particular specifications, mixed glazes, fired work)

Oversaw international and regional visiting artists for living and studio arrangements and materials, coordinated local artists.

Taught classes for adults and children, including bus loads of elementary school children from New Zealand schools.

Sculpted and threw pots for the DCR gallery, demonstrated for the public daily, set up and curated exhibitions for DCR onsite and nationally, taught workshops throughout NZ on behalf of DCR, ordered and kept inventory of all material, provided night time security, received emails and responded regarding prospective resident artists, assisted glass artists with kiln maintenance and firings (kiln ran on recycled fuels), worked as on-call DCR gallery sales associate.



2009: Taught Sculpture in Clay for Wellington Fine Art Institute, 

Wellington, New Zealand


2004–2006: Clay Studio of Missoula, Teacher and exhibitor, Missoula, Montana

Assisted in the building of gas/soda kiln currently in use and donated shelves for the kiln


2000–2004: Rountree Art Center (Denver Free University), Teacher, Denver, Colorado

Taught adult beginner and advanced classes in hand building and throwing, taught students to fire in high temperature reduction and raku.

Performed daily administration tasks of maintaining class lists, keeping track of finances 


2002: Laguna Clay Company, Retail Assistant, Denver, Colorado

Performed duties of retail assistant, helped artisans with selection and description of materials, made clays and casting slips, delivered supplies to the Denver Metro area


2002–2003: Heritage Square Art Center, teacher and guest artist, Denver, Colorado

Taught adult classes in throwing and workshops in sculpting, production potter for Sheryl Heibert


1997: Tarariki Pottery, Apprentice to Michael O’Donnell, Paeroa, New Zealand

1996: Firehole Potteries, Apprentice to Carl Sheean, Belgrade, Montana

1990–1991: Apprentice to Sam and Dean Borchers, Highwood, Montana



Exhibitions/Galleries

2014: J+ Gallery, Holualoa, Hawaii

2014: Donkey Mill Art Center, Kailua Kona, Hawaii

2014: Waihiki Island Art Center, invite an artist exhibition, Waihiki Island, New Zealand

2013: Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, North Carolina

2013: Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana

2013: Mi Casa Pottery, Whitefish, Montana

2012: Center For Craft Creativity and Design Ashville, North Carolina

2012: Coromandel Christmas Show, Hauraki House Gallery, Coromandel, New Zealand

2012: Penland School of Crafts Scholarship Auctions, Penland, North Carolina

2011: Penland School of Crafts Scholarship Auctions, Penland, North Carolina

2010: Whitefish Potteries, Whitefish, MT

2010: Coromandel Art Walk, Coromandel, New Zealand

2010: North Shore Woman Refuge Sculpture Onshore Exhibition, North Shore, New Zealand 

2010: Waihiki Island Art Center, invite an artist exhibition, Waihiki Island, New Zealand

2009: Coromandel Art Walk, Coromandel, New Zealand

2009: Sculpture at Miranda, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand

2009: Wellington Fine Arts Academy, Bringing the Arts In, Wellington, New Zealand

2008: Coromandel Easter Exhibition, Coromandel, New Zealand

2008: Sculpture at Miranda, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand

2008: North Shore Woman Refuge Sculpture Onshore Exhibition, North Shore, New Zealand

2008: Coromandel Art Walk, Coromandel, New Zealand

2006: Pot Sketch Exhibition, Missoula City Art Museum, Missoula, Montana

2003: Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado

2003: Little Ollie’s Restaurant, permanent installation of paintings, Denver and Aspen, Colorado

2003: Pasquini’s Painting Show, Denver, Colorado

2002: Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado

2002: NECA Exhibition, Sand Dollar Gallery, Denver, Colorado

1999: Coromandel Easter Exhibition, Coromandel, New Zealand

1998: Coromandel Easter Exhibition, Coromandel, New Zealand

1998: Coromandel Christmas Show, Hauraki House Gallery, Coromandel, New Zealand

1998: Waikato Potters Exhibition, Merit Award winner, Hamilton, New Zealand

1998: Trio of Potters, Hauraki House Gallery, Coromandel, New Zealand

1998: North Shore Women’s Refuge Outdoor Sculpture Show, Auckland, New Zealand

1998: Solo show, opening Montana Great Falls HS Gallery, Great Falls, Montana

1997: New Zealand Society of Potters, Coromandel, New Zealand

1996: Sweet Pea, A Festival of the Arts, Bozeman, Montana

1993–1996: MSU Undergraduate School Exhibition


Other

2010: Clay Studio of Missoula, Woodfire Express teacher, Missoula, Montana

2009: Wellington Potters Association, solo workshop, Wellington, New Zealand

2008: A role in the film, “Passion for Fire,” by Jim Elderton

2003: The Log Book, work featured in article by Barry Brickell

1998: Wanganui Polytechnic, demonstration workshop, Wanganui, New Zealand

1998: Assisted Roy Cowan with his last firing, Wellington, New Zealand

1997–1999: Driving Creek Pottery and Railway, Guest Artist, Coromandel, New Zealand

1997: New Zealand Arts & Fire National Glass and Ceramics Curator, Auckland, New Zealand



Memberships and Affiliations

1996, 1997: President, MSU Ceramics Guild

Current: The Clay Studio, Missoula, Montana

Current: New Zealand Society of Potters

Current: Donkey Mill Art Center,  Holualoa, Hawaii

 

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