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  • Recycled China: The Residue of Industry, Artist’s Talk with Thomas Schmidt

    Thursday. April 21, 2016 - 6:00 pm | Benchspace Gallery & Workshop at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
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    Photo: Filipa Reis

    Artist Thomas Schmidt shares his experience teaching at the Alfred and CAFA Ceramic Design for Industry Program in Beijing. While living in China Schmidt and collaborator Jeffrey Miller co-founded Recycled China, a design team that upcycles industrial waste to create architectural tile and design works. Through their work and video documentation, we will explore the complexities and contradictions of ceramic traditions and modern industry in China.

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    Photo: May Sun

    About Thomas Schmidt

    Thomas Schmidt received his BA at Loyola University Chicago in 2004, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2006, and MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2009. Thereafter, Schmidt worked for four years as a Professor of ceramic design at the Alfred/CAFA Ceramic Design for Industry program in Beijing where he and partner Jeffrey Miller co-founded the design team Recycled China whose work uses industrial waste within China to create architectural tile and sculptural objects.

    The work of Recycled China received the Bronze Prize at the 8th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2015 in South Korea and was recently acquired by Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Thomas Schmidt currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary 3D Studio and Digital Fabrication in the College of Arts and Architecture at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Additional information and images can be seen at thomasschmidt.org

     

     

     

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    This event is held in conjunction with Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion, organized and curated by Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center Curator, Garth Johnson. This program is funded in part by the N.C. Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program through the Asheville Area Arts Council.

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