Joshua R. Maier

 

Josh received his BFA from Bowling Green State University of Ohio where he pursued a BFA in Creative Writing Glass Blowing within the School of Art. While there he immersed himself in study, under the no nonsense and straight forward technical instruction of late artist  educator Robert ‘Bud’ Hurlstone. Josh still proudly touts his title as being one of ‘Hurlstone’s Hellions’. After graduating 2004 Josh continued his studies at the Glass Pavilion [Toledo Museum of Art] and along the craft rich Eastern coast; such as the Corning Museum of Glass and Penland School of Crafts where he studied and created closely with some of America’s finest artists & craftspeople in the fields of glass, ceramics, and studio equipment design.

 

In 2009 a change in circumstance lead Josh to turn to clay as a means to fulfill creative goals when access to glass was limited. In the cool earth he found some answers to questions that had been eluding him in his creative and professional goals as a maker of utilitarian objects.

 

In 2013 Josh began his graduate studies at the University of Missouri - Columbia with R. Bede Clarke and Joe Pintz. There he is an instructor of record in the Ceramics department; making elaborately constructed, vibrant and tactile sculptures steeped in Surrealism and Science Fiction  right alongside his students. His MFA Thesis exhibition titled Out of the Black: Friends from Isolation opened in May of 2016.

 

Currently Josh is building a studio in Columbia, MO where he continues to work as a maker, creating fiction themed ceramic sculptures to accompany explorations in literary works. He serves the University of Missouri as an adjunct instructor in 3D Design courses in the art department.

 

 

Joshua R. Maier