Enzien Kufeld January 13 2014
Enzien Kufeld Artist Statement
My artistic thoughts, trying to translate it into words…
In my lifetime I cannot possibly accomplish everything that is in my head. I never wish to for that would mean my creativity has stopped. Being an artist is not a choice for me it is who I am, clay is one release.
I prefer to work in repetition and while the intent may be the same, such as a cup, I do not try to make them the same. I throw on a kick wheel primarily with porcelain and push the limits of clay and form. I work intuitively, enjoy instinctive forms and organic surfaces, and make my work an intimate reflection of my state of mind. And though some believe it has all been done before I strive to make unique work with innovative forms, typically not very round.
Wood-fire is my firing passion. To me the firing should be as creative as the making of the pot. Wood-firing allows me to play an active role in creating the surface on my work. I respect its intensity and its harshness, and delight in the presence of mind required while firing; it is simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting. I love the infinite possibilities in wood-firing and delight in its unpredictability, yet truthful reflection of what really occurred captured on the work’s surface.
Imagery is the continuation of my creative process and use current technology as one creative tool.
I use photographs, digital drawings, paintings and decals. Reacting to each piece I create a collage of imagery which flows from the unique form and wood-fire surface underneath.
I indulge in constant experimentation, always searching, hoping never to become stagnant.
Juried & Invitational Exhibitions
Vasefinder- Invitational, Juried Exhibition 2009,10,11
27th GoldCoastInternationalCeramicArtAward-Gold Coast City, QLD, Australia 2010
1st Annual Lillstreet International– Juried exhibition, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago IL 2008, 2009
AFA juried traveling exhibition – juried from the APA Cone Box Show, AB 2008-10
Alberta Potters’ Association Cone Box Show – juried exhibition, Cultural Centre Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB 2008
Affinity: Alberta Ceramics - Invitational juried exhibition in conjunction with Invisible/Visible Symposium, The CODA conference.
Illingworth Kerr Galley, AlbertaCollege of Art and Design (ACAD), CalgaryAB 2007
Distill – ‘the distill cup’- Juried exhibition, distill gallery, Toronto ON 2007
By the Ounce - Juried exhibition, NCECA 2007, LouisvilleKY 2007
In Series – Juried traveling exhibition, The Alberta Craft Council, EdmontonAB 2006
First Fire - Two-man juried exhibition, The Alberta Craft Council, EdmontonAB 2004
Clay Creates Culture - APA Juried exhibition, Juror: John Chalke, VAAA Gallery, EdmontonAB 2004
Flashes of Greatness - Guest Curator & Invited exhibitor, The Alberta Craft Council, EdmontonAB 2003
2002 International Orton Cone Box Show - Juried traveling exhibition,BakerUniversity, Baldwin CityKS 2002-04
The APA Member Exhibit - Invitational exhibit, The Aesthetics of Skill Int’l Ceramics Conference - Red Deer College, AB 2002
First Showing - Invitational group exhibition, Full Moon Gallery, Bragg Creek AB 2002
New Works - Two-man show, Muse Gallery, Grande Prairie AB 2002
Culture in the Making - Juried exhibition, Devonian Gardens in Calgary AB 2002
Traverse - Juried exhibition, Avens Gallery, Canmore AB 2001
The Alberta Potters’ Assoc. Board Member Exhibit – Invitational, The Alberta Craft Council, EdmontonAB 1999
Nominee, Linda Stanier & Family Memorial Award- Nominated by John Chalke and Barbara Tipton 2008
Invited Artist in Residence- Invited by Jack Troy, Juniata College, Huntingdon PA 2003,04
Bobbi Hoffman Scholarship – 2003
$15, 000 Project Grant to build the Cat-Coffin wood-fire kiln -awarded by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts 2002
iPotter- Juried, Invitational ibook of contemporary ceramic artists Mid 2014
Art Unplugged- Edmonton Journal, Calgary Harold, Montreal Gazette, Vancover Sun, Canada.com 2011
Ceramics Review, U.K. - invited showing of work in gallery page 2008,2009
500 best of Ceramic-Larks books, juried 2012
500 Vases- Larks books, Juried 2010
500 plates, platters & chargers - Larks books, juried 2008
The Woodies of Wildwood, The Log Book issue 21 2005
500 cups - Larks books, juried 2004
Flame Throwers - Legacy Magazine 2003
Canadian Artists find beauty in life through love of Pottery - Daily news, Huntingdon, PA 2003
Flashes of Greatness – wood fired pottery from around the province -The Alberta Craft Magazine 2003
Feature: Urban Forest Design Studio – Christian Barr & Enzien Kufeld - The Alberta Craft Magazine 2002
Wood-fire Ceramic Artists enjoy enriched quality of life - Daily news in Grande Prairie, AB 2002
Urban Forest Design Studio – owner/artist Present–1998
In Touch – Editor for the Alberta Potters’ Association newsletter 2006–2003
Artist in Residence & Technician for Ceramics, JuniataCollege Huntingdon PA - Invited by Jack Troy 2004,03
Curator “Clay Creates Culture” Juried exhibition for the Alberta Potters’ Association - Juror: John Chalke 2004
Instructor for “Wild Fire” the Alberta Potters’ Association Wood-fire Symposium 2000,03,00
Assistant, Wood/salt firing for the students at Red Deer College, AB 2001
Senior Architectural Designer for Excel Design Group Ltd. of Edmonton, Alberta 2000–1991
Sat as Vice President of the Alberta Potters’ Association, a non- profit organization promoting Ceramics in Alberta,
and was also a board member of BICWA (Bishogama International Ceramics Workshop Alberta Association).
Architectural Technology Diploma - Northern AlbertaInstitute of Technology 1991
Bachelor of Commerce Degree - University of Alberta 1988
Ceramics & Wood-fire
The Aesthetics of Skill International Ceramics Conference - Red Deer, AB 2002
Wood-fired Stoneware & Porcelain workshop instructor Jack Troy 2002, 00
Prairie Fire SaskTerra wood-fire workshop instructor Jeff Stewart 2001, 99
APA Wood-fire workshop instructor Ryan Cameron, Brian McArthur 2000, 99
Intermediate Throwing class instructor Naburo Kubo 1998
Fireworks Wood-fire workshop & Int’l Ceramic Conference instructor Fred Olsen, University of Alberta 1998