emerging artist: Alex Zablocki

Alex Zablocki was born in Denver
Colorado and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and is currently a
ceramic artist residing in Fort Collins, Colorado.  He received his BFA from Finlandia University and also
studied ceramic design in Kuopio Finland. 
He spent two years working and studying as a Post-Baccalaureate student
at both the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Colorado State University. He
has shown work both nationally and internationally.
I build pieces using the vernacular of pottery to talk about
process, celebrating all the qualities, which exploit my participation in the
making.  I throw and alter
cylinders while dividing and dissecting certain areas with the use of lines.  These lines then create seams, which
accentuate subtle aspects within the forms. I am constantly engaged by the
manipulation of clay to create works that are both functionally sound and
aesthetically pleasing.  My work
exhibits a variety of subtle changes in the direction of form to create
luscious and full shapes, which directly talks about their ability to contain,
display, and disperse.   I
find wood and soda firing to be the most appropriate means of firing my
work.  These processes allow for
the activation of surface that compliments the way in which I work with clay.