Artist StatementAs a contemporary ceramicist, I strive to expand upon the traditional notion of ceramic vessels within my disciplined studio & laboratory practices. My goal is to create products that exhibit qualities of both unique handcrafted objects of traditional cultures with that of machine made and mass-produced objects of our contemporary societies. The works should also exhibit coherent synchronization of all working methodologies from genesis of form, various fabrication techniques and final evaluations of materials and product. Today, “modern ceramics” and other mutant materials have become almost limitless and often prove to be more problematic with design related issues beyond that of providing simple solutions. The natural limitations of clay can allow one to develop a complex understanding and mastery of fabrication techniques of the material. A combination of scientific and intuitive working knowledge of the inherent properties of clay is vital to the chosen material becoming an integral part of the design process.
Brian Kakas is an American sculptor that has been working within the ceramic art field for more than ten years. He received his MFA in ceramics from The University of Notre Dame in 2007. During his masters he focused on large-scale mold making techniques for ceramic vessels through various research grants. He has also studied at Maryland Institute College of Art and The University of Montana, where received his BFA. In 2002, Kakas was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation. He has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Most recently he received the silver award at the 5th World Ceramic Biennale Korea International Competition (2009). This competition is viewed as one of the most important ceramic events in the world and is hosted by the Icheon World Ceramic Center in Korea. Brian has taught and assisted workshops at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Australian National University. He also most recently returned from a residency at the FuLe International Museum of Ceramic Arts in China. And held exhibitions of his recent works in the 798 Arts District in Beijing and at the Jia Pingao Museum in Xian.