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“Organic Matters” new works by ceramic artist Randy Au

One person show of new ceramic works by artist Randy Au is at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California. the show opened April 9th  and has been extended through June 5, 2016. It is in the Studio Gallery which is best accessed through the Studio entrance at the corner of Garey Ave.

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Resume: Randy Au, ceramic artist

Randall Au / Flying Cup Clay -short Biography/ Resume

Born and raised in the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Oahu, artist Randy Au came to Southern California for the good weather and to pursue a fine art career. Studies include Biola University with Grant Logan and California State Fullerton with Jerry Rothman and John Stokesbury where he earned a B.A. in Fine Art. He established the Flying Cup Clay studio in 1987 and became a fulltime studio artist in 1992. He presently splits his time between the studio; being the ceramics instructor and Assistant Director of the Visual Arts Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California since 2002; and other various teaching and workshop opportunities. Continue reading Resume: Randy Au, ceramic artist

Ceramic Artist: Randy Au

Food for Thought

This series of work is the result of my fascination with the whimsical qualities of natural, in this case vegetable, forms. I am not interested in re-creating the exact likeness of the vegetables, but rather in appropriating their unique shapes and qualities as a springboard for creating visually unique art objects that allude to vessel function. Continue reading Ceramic Artist: Randy Au

Pedagogic Clay 2 at OCC

This is just part of the 60 artists showing at the "Pedagogic Clay 2" show at OCC in Coast Mesa, California.
“Pedagogic Clay 2” good company (left to right) Ralph Baccera, Randy Au, Adrian Saxe

Clay Exhibit To Brings Renowned Artists to Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College: Frank M. Doyle Art Pavilion (access from Merrimac Way), 2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa, CA. 92626

OCC is set to host its second Pedagogic Clay 2 Exhibit, opening on Jan. 28 and running thought Feb. 26, 2015. The month-long exhibition features work from 60 ceramic artists and instructors in the Southern California area ( Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties). There are notable works by Ralph Baccera, Adrian Saxe, Peter Shire, Phyllis Green, Joe Soldate, Gifford Myers, Nobo Nishigawara, David Kiddie, Laura Haight, among others. OCC ceramics professor Kevin A. Myers has curated the exhibit. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Individual works of art will be displayed in the Frank M. Doyle Art Pavilion. Gallery hours are;  Mon, Tues, Thurs 12noon-6pm and Wed. 12noon-8pm. There is paid visitor and metered parking near lot D. Anyone with an interest in ceramics is encouraged to attend. “This is a time when all of this is going to be under one roof and it really would be in a student’s best interest to see the trajectory that contemporary ceramics has taken,” said Myers. “The artists that have been invited to be in this exhibition are truly exceptional.”

 

Randay Au – Featured Work

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
(artist’s statement: “Vegetable Series”)

This series of work is the result of my fascination with the whimsical qualities of vegetable forms. I am not interested in merely creating the exact likeness of vegetables, but rather in appropriating their unique shapes and qualities as a springboard for creating functional art objects.

The idea is not new. Cave men found gourd forms useful for containing food and drink. And why not, when these shapes are Nature’s own way of providing containers for seed and food to perpetuate itself.

The particular vegetables used in the series were found by haunting local grocery stores, wholesale markets, and various gardens, patches, and fields. Each shape was chosen for its unique whimsical quality and presence. Original molds were made from the actual vegetables and the resulting shapes used to produce the individual pieces.

I feel that the challenge of the Artist is to take the common and mundane and, thru creative vision and process, breath new life into them. I hope that exposure to this work prompts a more sensitive look at the world around us. Such things as vegetables are not just for food, but food for thought, use, and enjoyment.