Wheel thrown Stoneware fired in reduction to cone 10.
Robert Long has been the Ceramics Arts Program Coordinator in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University since 1990. He received a B.A. in Art at the University of California in Sacramento and an M.F.A. in Ceramics at Clemson University. His work has been featured in numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout the US and abroad.
Robert has said this about the influences that drew him to working with clay, “growing up in Northern California near so many great ceramic artist was an influence that only became clear to me years later. I was fortunate to have had two very inspirational ceramic teachers in high school who solidified my passion for clay, this passion led me to study ceramics at the University of California in Sacramento under the guidance of amazing professors such as Peter VandenBerge, Ruth Rippon and Bob Brady. I eventually moved to the south to study at Clemson University under Michael Vatalaro for my graduate degree.” Once I moved to the south I never left! “
That being said, “the biggest draw was the clay itself; malleable and excepting; inspiring me to transform a formless lump into something meaningful and engaging, hoping to capture in the skin-like clay wall a sense of origin, movement and life.”