Clayton Hufford

Artist Statement

I present my findings of an ongoing investigation into how objects may be altered in order to refresh our perception of them. I chose objects that provide a function both from our current culture and from decades past. These objects have fallen out of favor with the passage of time, or are simply so common as to be rendered invisible to us. By altering material, scale, proportion, function, or orientation, in any number of combinations, I present a new perspective on how to see those now unseen objects. By applying slight or drastic changes to models, I address how their iconic attributes can remain intact and still be recognized in out-of-context situations. I call attention to how characteristics of one object resemble those of another. I examine what characteristics are necessary in order for that object to aesthetically exist as specific/known/recognizable. It becomes apparent how thought may influence an object to gain strength, grow weak, or simply become something entirely new. By applying a material shift, I will explore how objects may no longer be suitable to perform in their previous function and may now be used in a different manner.

I provide the viewer with an opportunity to reconsider the object by stimulating a play of interpretation.

In this way, I share my aspiration of renewal through revitalization of aesthetic perception.

Biography

I began working with glass in 1999 at the Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  After graduating from BGSU, I began working in production glass studios in Toledo and Detroit.  From 2002 to 2004 I assisted a variety of glass classes at Penland, Pilchuck, and Haystack with such artists as Claire Kelly, Anthony Schafermeyer, Sam Stang, Michiko Sakano, and Mark Peiser.  I began working as an assistant to Kenny Pieper in 2004 and continued to do so for four years.  In 2008, I attended the Rochester Institute of Technology to pursue my MFA in glass with Michael Rogers and Robin Cass.  I currently reside in Asheville, North Carolina and continue to study the use of glass in functional and sculptural contexts.         I employ the use of various materials in my work and seek enriching opportunities to explore new directions in the company of friends within the glass community.

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The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design launches “Craft City”

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) debuts a new program series this summer that honors Asheville as “Craft City.” At three outdoor pop-up studios this summer (July 7, August 4, and September 1) people of all skill levels and backgrounds can make a take-home craft under the guidance of a visiting artist.

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