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Bobby Silverman is an artist and designer who lives and works in New York City. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in many public and private collections including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, the European Ceramic Work Center, s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX and the Renwick Gallery / Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.
He has received fellowships from the Louisiana State Council for the Arts National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts and the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship He received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY , his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO and his BA in Social Geography, Cum Laude, from Clark University Worcester, MA He has taught and lectured in China, the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. and is the Director of the Ceramics Center at the 92nd St Y in New York City.
This body of work is an extension of my long-held interest in the idiosyncratic nature of ceramic material and its ability to express phenomenological properties including luminosity, translucency, gravity and reflection. Most artists working with ceramics start with form and then find appropriate surface solutions. For me, it starts with surface qualities and then forms are found that will highlight these characteristics. Ultimately the work reflects an interest in how ceramic surface can relate more to abstract painting or natural phenomena and is always at its best when it suggests meaning beyond itself.