Dick Lehman's Artist Statement and Resume

by Dick Lehman



ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Those of us who have the good fortune to work in the arena of vessel-oriented ceramics are a fortunate few. We have the good fortune of working with forms that are approachable, and perhaps recognizable to much of the general populace. As a result we have the opportunity, and the privilege, to addressan already receptive audience.

While vessels are often concerned with utility, the best vessels always point beyond themselves and their functions: they direct the viewer or receiver back to the important values which first gave birth to the work. In my case I trust the pots I make reveal to the user/receiver the things about which I care most: beauty, integrity, durability, reverence and awe for life and relationships. The hope, of course, is that my pots reveal enough to nurture and support these values and commitments in the lives of others.

Potters who take seriously the mandate of vessel-oriented ceramics have the opportunity to play the part of ancient storyteller in contemporary society. We may attempt to be sharers of truths, commitments, and values in ways that address the heart as well as the head.

The world still seeks out "storytellers" among us: there remains a passion for work of power and substance. As we empower our work with honesty, substance, and vision; as we do so in a posture of respect and service, vessels will continue to be valued and their stories heard.

Enjoy!

DICK LEHMAN

ABBREVIATED RESUME

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

DICK LEHMAN
1100 CHICAGO AVE.
GOSHEN, IN 46526
2000
"14 American Potters Exhibition", National Invitational, (Curator, Gregory Miller), Moegi Gallery, Mashiko, JAPAN

2000
"CLAY/WOOD/FIRE/SALT", National Invitational, (Curator, Gwen Heffner), Gallery of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Ashville, NC, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH

2000
"KISS OF FIRE: A CELEBRATION", National Invitational Woodfire exhibition, (Curator Stehen Mickey), Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR

1999
"SERVING SOUP: THE SOUP TUREEN 2000", A Midwest Invitational, (Curated by Professor John Guenther) Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN

1999
"LIGHTNING STRIKES", solo show of 65 works from 14-day woodfiring, Andrews University Gallery, Berrien Springs, MI

1999
"National Woodfire", Studiolo Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

1999
"DIFFERENT STOKES", International Juried Woodfire Exhibition, (Jurors: Janet Mansfield, Torbjorn Kvasbo, Jun Kaneko), Studiolo Gallery, Iowa City, IA

1999
"FUNCTIONAL FIRE -- WOODFIRED CUP SHOW", National Juried Exhibition, (Jurors: Michael Smith, Simon Levin), Iowa Artisans Gallery, Iowa City, IA

1999
"STUDIO DAYS '99 -- HABIT TO RITUAL: POTS FOR LIVING", National Juried Exhibition, (Juror: Josh DeWeese), Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA

1999
"CLAY CUP VII", National Juried Exhibition, (Juror: Sandy Simon), University Museum, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

1999
"PACIFIC TIDES: The Influence of the Pacific Rim on Contemporary American Ceramics", (Curator: Caroline Henderson), Lancaster Summer Arts Festival, Lancaster, PA

1999
Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award, International Juried Competition, (Juror: Takeshi Yasuda) Victoria, Australia

1999
Two shows with Mr Karl Beamer in Tamba, and in Shigaraki, Japan, curated by Mr. Shiho Kanzaki

1999
"LIGHTEN UP", National Invitational (curators: Betty Talbott, Phyllis Blair Clark), The Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH

1999
"DINNERWORKS 1999", National Invitational (curator, John Guenther), Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY

1998
"RECENT WORK" one person exhibition at Marilott Gallery, Huntington College, Huntington, IN

1998
"TEABOWL: IMPERFECT HARMONY", National Juried Exhibition, Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, IN (International traveling show with these additional venues: Nora Eccles Narrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah; Tomo Gakusyu Bunka Center Gallery, Ota City, Japan; Japan House, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL)

1998
SIXTH ANNUAL STRICTLY FUNCTIONAL NTIONAL EXHIBIT (juror, Cynthia Bringle), Market House Craft Center, Ephrata, PA

1998
"CERAMICS USA 1998" National Juried Exhibition (juror, David Shaner),University of North Texas, Denton, TX

1998
"COLLABORATIVE ACCOMMODATIONS" solo exhibition, Cedar Valley College, Lancaster, TX

1997
"CLAYFEST 10" Regional Juried Show, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN

1997
"SHADES OF SHINO", National Invitational (curator, Malcolm Davis), Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

1997
"19TH ANNUAL VAHKI EXHIBITION", National Juried Exhibition, Galeria Mesa, Mesa, AZ

1997
"FIRST ANNUAL INVITATIONAL OF CURRENT CERAMICS", National Invitational (curator, Steven Hansen), Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI

1997
"WALL TO WALL CERAMICS", National Invitational: Krannert Gallery, University of Evansville, Evansville, IN

1996
"FEATS OF CLAY", National Juried Exhibition (juried by Ruth Rippon), Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA

1996
CRAFTS NATIONAL 30, National Juried Exhibition (juried by Michael W. Monroe), Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, PA

1996
"FEATS OF CLAY", National Juried Exhibition (juried by Ruth Rippon),
Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, CA

1996
CRAFTS NATIONAL 30, National Juried Exhibition (juried by Michael W. Monroe), Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, PA

1996
1996 INTERNATIONAL ORTON CONE BOX SHOW, Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas

1996
PLATES AND PLATTERS, National Invitational Exhibition, (curated by John R. Guenther), Ronald L Barr Gallery, Indiana University Southeast.

1996 ELEVENTH ANNUAL SAN ANGELO NATIONAL CERAMICS COMPETITION (juror Michael W. Monroe), San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX

1996
FLETCHER CHALLENGE CERAMICS AWARD, International Juried Exhibition (John Chalke, juror) Auckland, New Zealand

1996
FOURTH ANNUAL STRICTLY FUNCTIONAL POTTERY NATIONAL (curator, Phyllis Blair Clark), Market House Craft Center, Ephrata,PA

1996
"CLAY/WOOD/FIRE/SALT", National Invitational (Gwen Heffner, curator), Contemporary Artifacts Gallery, Berea, KY

1996
3rd OREGON CLAY INVITATIONAL, International Invitational (Nils Lou, curator), Renshaw Gallery, Linfield College, McMinnville, OR

1996
55th ANNUAL "OPEN" ART EXHIBITION, "New Ideas Using Traditional Mediums", Juried National, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Southern Utah University, Cedar City , Utah

1995
FLETCHER CHALLENGE CERAMICS AWARD, International Juried Exhibition, AUCKLAND, New Zealand

1995
10th ANNUAL SAN ANGELO NATIONAL CERAMICS EXHIBITION, Juried National, San Angelo, TX

1995
VIRTUAL CERAMICS EXHIBITION, International Juried Show (juried by Janet Mansfield and Bill Hunt): INTERNET

1995
THE CEREMONY OF TEA, National Invitational (Ginny Marsh, juror), Images Friedman Gallery, Louisville, KY

1995
STUDIO DAYS '95, National Invitational (Jack Troy, juror), Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA

1995
One-person show, Goshen College, Goshen, IN

1995
MAGNETIC NORTH -- THE MAGNETIC ATTRACTION, NCECA 1995

1995
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN COLLEGE BIENNIAL CERAMICS NATIONAL INVITATIONAL, Dowagiac, MI

1995
17th ANNUAL VAHKI EXHIBIT, Juried National, Mesa, AZ

1994
UBIQUITOUS BOWL II, Juried National all-media show, Burlington, VT

1994
INSPIRATIONS FROM THE GARDEN, Juried National, Berea, KY

1994
CLAY NATIONAL, Juried National, Zoller Gallery, Penn State, University

1993
7th ANNUAL GREAT LAKES NATIONAL COMPETITION, Chicago, IL

1993
2 x 2 x 2, Juried National, Rockford, IL

1993
STRICTLY FUNCTIONAL POTTERY NATIONAL, Lancaster, PA

1993
FUNCTIONAL CERAMICS 1993, Juried National Invitational (Phyllis Blair Clark, juror), Wooster, OH

1993
NEW TRADITIONS IN FUNCTION, National Invitational, Gerry Williams, Baltimore Clayworks

1993
NCECA 1993 INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL TRAVELING ASHTRAY EXHIBITION

1992
THE CLAY CUP IV, Juried National, traveling show, Carbondale, IL

1992
CRAFTS NATIONAL, Juried National, Penn State University

1991
WORKS IN CLAY VII, Juried National, Wichita Falls, TX

1991
WOOD SPIRITS, Juried National Woodfired exhibit, Mesa AZ

1990
THE HALLOWED VESSEL, National Invitational, Lill Street, Chicago, IL

1989
THE EVOCATIVE PLACE SETTING, National Dinnerware Competition, Martha Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL

PUBLICATIONS

2000
HONOHO GEIJUTSU (Japan), Issue 62, Photo feature (page 26) included in Jeff Shapiro's "PROFILE"

2000
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), March Issue Article, "Fast-Fossils: Carbon-Film-Transfer in Saggar-Fired Porcelains"

2000
Photo documentation of my work in Robin Hopper's reissue of FUNCTIONAL POTTERY, Krause Publications

1999
CERAMICS TECHNICAL (Australia), November Issue Article, "An Approach To Long Woodfire"

1999
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), June/July/August issue, "A Limp Ice-Cream Box, Stiff Paper, a Couple Pieces of Magic Tape, and a Sticky Seal to Close the Lid"

1999
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), April Issue Article, "Embracing An Odd Paradox"

1999
POTTERY MAKING ILLUSTRATED (USA), Volume 2, Number 2, "Testing Ovenware"

1999
Photos, studio design, and story included in THE POTTERS PROFESSIONAL HANDBOOK, by Steve Branfman

1998
Photo included in THE BEST OF POTTERY 2, with selections by Angela Fina and Christopher Gustin, and an introduction by Chris Staley, by Rockport Books

1998
Photos included in THE CERAMIC DESIGN BOOK: A Gallery of Contemporary Work, by Lark Books

1998
Photo included in Don Davis' book, WHEEL THROWN CERAMICS, Lark Books

1998
CERAMICS: ART AND PERCEPTION, Issue 32 -- Cover Photo and Feature Article: "Moving Always in a Living Way"

1998
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), Summer issue, Up Front Section: "Dick Lehman"

1997
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), December Issue Article: "The Function of Vision, The Vision of Function"

1997
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), October issue, 'Comment' Essay: "Waiting"

1997
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), Summer issue, Cover Photo and Feature Article: "Shiho Kanzaki: Extending The Tradition"

1997
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), March Issue, Article: "Studio and Showroom Organization"

1997
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), March Issue, photo feature in article, page 51: "International Cone Box Show"

1996
CERAMICS: Art and Perception (Australia), Issue 24, Article: "Acknowledging Influences"

1996
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), April Issue, Cover Photo and Feature Article: "Side Firing: Where the Life Is"

1996
CERAMICS: Art and Perception (Australia), Issue 24, Article: "Acknowledging Influences"

1996
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), April Issue, Cover Photo and Feature Article: "Side Firing: Where the Life Is"

1996
CERAMIC ART MONTHLY (Korea), July 1996, photo feature

1996
KAIROS (USA), Volume 1, Issue 2, Cover Photo, Photo Feature, and Article Excerpts

1994
Photos included in Jack Troy's book: WOODFIRED STONEWARE AND PORCELAIN, Chilton Book Company

1994
Photo and process-description included in Richard Zakin's book: ELECTRIC KILN CERAMICS, Chilton Book Company

1993
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), November Issue, UP FRONT: "Dick Lehman's Fast Fossils"

1993
STUDIO POTTER NETWORK NEWSLETTER (USA), Volume 6 Number 2, Article: "The Mug That Changed My Life"

1993
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), Summer Issue, Article: "Stealing Ideas"

1992
REVISTA INTERNACIONAL CERAMICA (Spain), Issue 44, Article: "Coccion En Cacetas"

1992
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), December Issue, Editorial: "I Like Onions On My Potatoes"

1992
CERAMIC REVIEW (England), November-December Issue 138, Article: "Beg Borrow or Steal"

1991
CERAMICS: Art and Perception (Australia), Issue 6, Photo Feature in Article: "Wood Spirits at Galeria Mesa"

1991
Photos, recipes, and process-descriptions included in Steve Branfman's book: RAKU: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, Chilton Book Company

1991
AMERICAN CRAFT MAGAZINE (USA), August-September Issue, Photo Feature in Gallery Section

1991
STUDIO POTTER MAGAZINE (USA), Photo and description in the Regional Feature Story on Indiana Potters

1990
POTTERY IN AUSTRALIA MAGAZINE (Australia), Volume 29 Number 2, Article: "Hosting a Studio Exchange: Benefits and Betterments"

1990
POTTERY IN AUSTRALIA MAGAZINE (Australia), Volume 29 Number 3 , Article: "Saggar Firing: Blending the Controlled and the Capricious"

1990
FESTIVAL QUARTERLY (USA), Volume 16 Number 4, Article: "Planning a Potter's Sabbatical"

1989
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), November Issue, Ceramics Monthly Portfolio: "Three Views on Dinnerware", Article: "Dinnerware as Metaphor"

1989
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), Summer Issue, Article: "Planning a Potter's Sabbatical"

1988
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), Advertisement designed in consultation with Brian Giffin for the GIFFIN GRIP trimming tool, featuring Lehman's unique use of the tool -- running for several months

1988
ARTS AND EDUCATION MAGAZINE (USA), Advertisement designed in consultation with Brian Giffin for the GIFFIN GRIP trimming tool, featuring Lehman's unique use of the tool

1987
CERAMICS MONTHLY (USA), Advertisement designed in consultation with Brian Giffin for the GIFFIN GRIP trimming tool, featuring Lehman's unique use of the tool -- running for several months

1985
FESTIVAL QUARTERLY MAGAZINE (USA), Article featuring Lehman's porcelain workshop: "Interlude in Porcelain" by Andrea Zuercher, photos by Howard Zehr

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1994
VISITING ARTIST at Juniata College

1990-1992
PRESIDENT of Potters Guild of Indiana

1988
VISITING ARTIST/ADJUNCT PROFESSOR at Arizona State University.


Dick Lehman
1100 Chicago Ave.
Goshen, IN 46526
219.534.1162


Copyright (c) 1996 by Dick Lehman
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