My work derives its inspiration from personal experience and historical references. Using clay as my medium, I create both functional and artistic pieces. The functional work is high-fired and emphasizes form, design and color. The artistic pieces are raku-fired and focuses on images of animals and symbols representing personal interpretations of life experiences and commentary.
In high-fired, salt glazed or raku-fired work, my focus continues to be form and design. The high-fired and salt glazed functional work takes into consideration the function, esthetics, and the user. From this I create a full line of functional pots that accent household space and use. My glazes and designs are developed to enhance the individual pieces, not to overwhelm the piece, but to beautify it.
Primarily I work in stoneware and raku for the freedom and spontaneity it allows during the creative process. The high-fire techniques provide continuing opportunities to explore form and color. The raku process provides me a chance to utilize my printmaking experience in a direct and spontaneous manner.
Most of the elements of the created form are wheel thrown, then the surface becomes the “canvas” for my paintings and graphic images. This process enables me to work with fluid thrown forms, altering and designing each piece as an entity within itself. I am particularly interested in the formal aspects of the structure of the work. The inherent elements of the form are enhanced by the color and design to give each piece its own statement and character. Each formal decision in the creative process can be viewed alone or as part of the whole. A balance is established between the rhythm of the form and the decoration. The challenge is to create something of beauty and value from a material that starts as a lump of clay.
Bruce Grimes is a native of Illinois and has lived in Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Millikin University (Illinois) and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University, Bruce taught ceramics courses at Ohio Northern University. The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, University of North Florida, West Texas A & M University and Fort Lewis College (Colorado). Bruce returned to Ohio where he has focused his efforts doing his pottery full-time. Bruce has exhibited nationally and regionally in more than 200 shows and his work is featured in a number of books.
Bruce Grimes relocated to Ohio in 2000 to establish a pottery studio. He continues to exhibit in galleries and sells his ceramics nationally. Currently Bruce teaches at a local Community Pottery, is an adjunct professor at Cedarville University and leads workshops routinely.