Chris Staley, Surrender to Now, 2014, Limited Edition
10 inch porcelain plate with onglaze decal. Produced in an edition of 25 with 5 artist's proofs.
Produced exclusively for CFile, this limited edition plate features a portrait of the artist covered in slip. Staley writes:
"I have always liked that the word humble comes from 'humus' which means earth. Life comes from dirt and in the end returns to the dirt. Like the circularity of the plate, what comes around, goes around. Putting my head in the clay felt like i was returning to some primal sludge. A form of prayer from which we came."
Chris Staley is a Distinguished Professor of the Ceramic Arts at Penn State University. He was recently selected to be the Penn State Laureate for 2012-2013. In 1977, Chris was rejected to all the graduate MFA programs he applied to. However, after attending the Kansas City Art Institute for a year as a special student, he went on to earn his MFA from Alfred University. He has traveled extensively as a visiting artist from Bezalel Academy in Israel to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants and two Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Grants. His work is in many collections, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of Art, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as well as friend’s cupboards. He authored an essay titled “The Hegemonic Eye; Can the Hand Survive?” He has served on the Board of Directors at the Archie Bray Foundation, in Helena, Montana, and on the Board of Trustees at The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.