Sample works from 10 National Park Artist-in-Residency programs and Archeological projects conducted over the past 10 years - 300+ works in total. Exhibition debut at the North Dakota Museum of Art, Spring 22. GALLERY TALK VIDEO HERE and featured in Ceramics Monthly, in April ARTICLE HERE. The most recent work and exhibition in this series, "Badlands Origins" was featured at Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, Fall 22, and includes work from Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and Makoshika State Park Residencies. Summer 2023 work is currently being completed from a residency at the Badlands National Park in SD.
Large-Scale Tile and Brick Relief Sculpture Installations
Primal Element Series
This body of work investigates and honors the historical uses and relationships that mankind has had with clay as a material since nearly the beginning of life. Only humans and clay share the most intimate relationship that includes food, meals, homes, writing, and much more. This series proudly embraces the strength of a 30,000-year-old ancient and global tradition of vessel-making across cultures, borders, and time. The vessel form is chosen to tell this part of the story for its universal accessibility, timelessness, and symbolic power. Reference to rock as parent material, archeological ceramic artifacts and cultural decorative patterns reinforce the universal significance of pottery as a meaningful discipline. “Earth I am, it is most true, disdain me not for so are you.” – English folk pottery motto
Virtues & Revelations
This series of works examines the theme of shared humanity through the idea of virtue. This unifying theme cuts through religious, cultural, and historical barriers and demonstrates the importance that mankind's striving for goodness has had in the past and continues to have today. This series borrows upon worldly languages, cultures, and religious symbols and imagery to teach contemporary lessons about the importance of virtues today. Using the word "prophet" in the ancient sense of truth being told, this "Revelations Series" illustrates how truth and virtue are treated in the context of modern societies. The work references our complex relationship with technology and science and its effect on nature, spirituality, and human relationships. With this work, social commentary is created which engages viewers in analyzing truth to conduct a modern cultural critique.
What can we do for you?
Open to the public by appointment
Located at 8417 25th St. S. in Fargo, ND, features 3 potters wheels, a slab roller, an extruder, 4 ceramic kilns, an outdoor patio including pit kiln, lapidary rock cutting, and polishing station, and mobile work surfaces to accommodate large-scale projects. Open to the public the first weekend of every October for the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists Studio Crawl Event. Info atwww.fmva.org
Commissioned Public Art
Whether in ceramic tile or brick relief, we can tell the story of your organization in a sophisticated and powerful way.
Our custom, site-specific relief sculpture murals add a custom touch to any building. We can design work in a wide range of sizes, styles, colors, and textures to complement your building and architecture. Click the Relief Sculpture tab to see a few examples.
We've worked with dozens of companies to produce custom awards that can distinguish your organization.
Past clients include Fargo Moorhead West-Fargo Chamber of Commerce, Fargo Marathon, FM Convention & Visitor's Bureau, National H.S. Coaches Hall of Fame, SDSU Alumni Foundation, NDSU Alumni Foundation, MSUM Alumni Foundation, The Arts Partnership, Sanford Hospital, Rourke Art Museum, NDSU Athletic Department, Thrivent Financial and many more....
Workshops, Residencies, Jurying
Brad has conducted dozens of workshops, jury keynotes, and residencies with specialties in: Wheel-throwing, throwing large forms, atmospheric firings, public art, art careers, and the business and marketing of art
Select listing Includes......Red Rock Canyon, NV, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Muddy Waters Clay Center Grand Forks, Grand Canyon/Parashant N.M., Minot State University, North Dakota State University, Dickinson State University, Hawaii Potter's Guild, Valley City State University, The Granary in Groton, S.D., South Dakota State University, Badlands National Park, SD, The University of North Dakota, The University of South Dakota, Bismarck State University, The Jamestown Art Center, Mesa Verde National Park/UNESCO World Heritage Site, The National Petrified Forest in Arizona and many more.
Award & Product Samples
Projects & Friends
Projects, networks, organizations and people doing good work.
Art For Change Project
Partnership with Churches United for the Homeless $20,000 LRAC Grant
This partnership will involve the residents, staff, community, artists and art students in painting public indoor and outdoor murals to uplift the spaces into a more welcoming, hopeful and healing environment.
Community, Kids & Clay
Joint project with the Legacy Children's Foundation in Fargo
North America's largest brick sculpture has been installed! Check out the In the Media links above for article and video as well as the project web-site: www.fargobricksculpture.com
An international relief and development agency founded in 1944 as an humanitarian association. World Relief offers assistance to victims of poverty, disease, hunger, war, disasters and persecution. The organization has offices worldwide. It is supported by churches, foundations, and individual donors, as well as through United States Government grants from USAID and other agencies.
Fantastic local artists group with over 200 members. Sponsors the largest annual art event in the FM Area, the Studio Crawl which occurs the first weekend of every October. See you there!
Check out this great non-profit group to see how you can get involved at www.fmva.org
Hesed House's mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again. Hesed House is a national model for ending homelessness that includes a Comprehensive Homeless Resource Center collaborating to provide the tools necessary to help individuals and families break free of the shackles binding them to homelessness.
Student Art Education Chapter of the National Art Ed. Assoc.
This group has done amazing service projects through volunteering hundreds of hours every year with organizations such as: Great Plains Food Bank, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Charism's program for at-risk youth and Churches United for the Homeless Art Club for kids, to name a few.
Churches United for the Homeless
MSUM Partner. Saturday Morning Art Club for youth
Region's largest homeless Shelter. Click above for a video time-lapse from our Art for Change Billboard Mural painting project with over 150 student and community volunteers. MSUM Art Education students have run a Saturday morning Art Club at the Micah's Mission shelter for 10+ years.
In the Media
North Dakota Museum of Art
15 Minute Gallery Talk
Solo traveling exhibition debut of "Conservation Through Clay"