Art By Andrew Maglathlin
Andrew Maglathlin is a ceramics artist based out of Massachusetts, but currently commutes between Salve Regina University in Newport, RI and Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT as an adjunct faculty member teaching both an art appreciation curriculum and ceramics sculpture. Maglathlin received a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Illinois, a Post-Baccalaureate in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Although he is trained in the traditional discipline of ceramics, Maglathlin is influenced by the modern era of abstract art and is dedicated to experimenting with ceramics as a sculptural medium.
The construction of simplified abstract forms has become a conceptual challenge within my artwork. The practice of physical craft is fueled by an intense desire to make things with my hands. Long before I knew what it meant to be an artisan I would spend my spare time inundated with the urge to invent, build and fabricate. The urge to manually create combined with a perpetual search for eccentric forms and a fascination with modern art are the catalysts forging this new work.
I make ceramic sculptures that are reminiscent of the figure and objects derived from various experiences of my life. I often look for inspiration in the shape and volume of plane fuselages, boat hulls and marine wildlife. The body of the piece becomes a support for the surface, which I approach much like a freestanding canvas. The surface decoration is composed of carving and the layering of glazes to evoke a sense of feeling and understanding of the form itself. This body of work has become a place of experimentation where surface and form converge.