Active since 1998
As a maker inspiration comes from field landscape, farm implements, and architectural features such as barns found in the Midwest as starting points for ceramic vessels and glaze surfaces. Observations of source material may be interpreted literally or sometimes abstracted using elements to complement functional or sculptural forms. Growing up on a farm in Southern Illinois instilled the virtues of utility, where the everyday use of a tool or piece of equipment was relied upon. I often think of the role they fulfill with humanity. They are tools for storing or turning soil as pottery is for eating and drinking. I feel a kinship with these rural icons. This has brought me to appropriate line and surface of these influences into sculpture and pottery.
While working I seek lines that best convey clarity of idea with minimal information considering form and surface. With the barn forms I strive for a feeling of being monumental with little adornment. With cups I reference signage found on the side of silos by stamping and carving a flat plane on both sides to inlay with glaze. This plays a role as visual design element as well as grip points for fingers to find and hold.
Pieces usually begin on the potter’s wheel and later hand altered and trimmed. Once dried and bisque fired they are coated with glaze and finish fired to 2,250 degrees Fahrenheit in an electric kiln.
Ernest Miller is a ceramic artist working in Minneapolis, MN. He is often found at local art centers sharing his ceramic techniques and experience through teaching classes at Fired Up Studios in Golden Valley, MN and the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in Wayzata, MN. Ernest built his ceramic career showing work in various regional and national art fairs including the Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis and the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC. You can find a selection of Ernest’s work at The Grand Hand Gallery in St. Paul, MN and Waters of Superior Gallery in Duluth, MN. Ernest credits his formal education as a foundation for his successful outlook on ceramics and the arts.
2000-present, Studio Potter, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Instructor, Fired Up Studios, Golden Valley, Minnesota
2002-present, Instructor, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, Minnesota
1998-2000, Studio Potter, Champaign, Illinois
1994-1998, Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art Major, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois
1992-1994, Associate in Arts, Olney Central College, Olney, Illinois
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