Craig C. Hoffmann
The foundation and inspiration for my pottery lies in ancient traditional techniques. My ceramic works span traditional to abstract in form influenced by the Southwest Native Americans. Each piece is constructed by hand using the coiling method striving for unique minimal organic forms inspired by architecture and nature creating structural-like forms altering the form of familiarity while observing balance. Surfaces are refined by paddling and scraping in preparation for final sanding which occurs after the piece has become bone dry. To complete the surface, some works remain bare resulting in a matte finish; others have a luster finish created by smooth stone burnishing. Enhancements are occasionally colorants added to the clay body or surface adornments by applying ferric chloride, synthetic and natural fertilizer, and/or copper wire. Followed by an additional alternative firing process to complete the form.
Craig C. Hoffmann received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryville University, St. Louis in 2008 with an emphasis in drawing, painting, and art history. Continuing with his direction in Fine Art, he received his Master in Arts from Fontbonne University, St. Louis in 2009 emphasizing in painting, and remained at Fontbonne concentrating in studio art with a focus in ceramics and sculpture receiving his Master in Fine Arts in 2010. Hoffmann’s early art career focused on creating digital medical illustrations after earning his Commercial Art degree from North County Technical Trade School, St. Louis in 1986. Working eighteen years as a Graphic Artist, he felt the void of hands-on interaction with various mediums generating an internal drive to reestablish himself as a “Fine Artist.” His current works focus on ceramics that are constructed by hand using Native American coiling traditions spanning from traditional to elegant organic abstract compositions inspired by architecture and nature. Hoffmann currently resides in Wentzville, MO working out of his studio at home. He teaches ceramics at St. Charles Community College.