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 "Personally the most exciting aspect of being a ceramist is the exploration of process. As a young artist, I was instantly seduced by the power of the potters wheel and have been ever since. I tend to work on a series of 6 to 8 pieces at a time, throwing on the wheel the primary forms and decorative parts. When the clay is at just the right stage of dryness I begin the assembly process. To the hollow sculptural form I attach the finer details, cutting, pushing and pulling; adding slabs, coils, and pulled handles until the desired final  product is achieved."


~ Steven Dark



Adjunct Professor of Art

Department of Visual Arts

Faulkner State Community College

1900

Highway 31 South

Bay Minette, Alabama 36507



EDUCATION


1990-92 Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Ceramics, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA. 1983-89 Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Ceramics, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL.

1988 British Studies Program, Watercolor Painting, London, England, via University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


1993-11 Owner/Master Potter, Pottery Central, Gulf Shores, AL.

1999-11 Adjunct Professor of Art, Department of Art, Faulkner State Community College, Bay Minette, AL.

2011 Chairman of Exhibitions, Alabama Clay Conference, Mobile, AL.

1990-11 Co-Owner and Exhibitor, Cathedral Square Gallery, Mobile, AL.

2004 Curator, A Bunch of Guys Named Steve and Their Friend Larry, an exhibition of ten Alabama potters, Cathedral Square Gallery, Mobile, AL.

2000 Art Instructor, Tile Glazing, Continuing Education, through Faulkner State Community College, Gulf Shores, AL.

1998-02 Chair, Visiting Artist Program, Cathedral Square Gallery, Mobile, AL. 1999 Curator, A Bunch of Guys Named Steve, an exhibition of eight Alabama Potters, Cathedral Square Gallery, Mobile, AL.

1991-92 Ceramics Teacher, Project Enhance (for gifted high school students), Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA.

1990-92 Studio Technician, Ceramic Department, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA.

1990-92 Slide Librarian, Making and filing slides for Art History, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA. 1991 Mold Maker assistant, producing working production molds, Campbell’s Factory Studios, Cambridge Springs, PA. 1989 Ceramics Teacher, Eastern Shore Academy of Art, Fairhope, AL. 1987-89 Studio Technician Undergraduate Assistantship, University of South Alabama Ceramics Studio, Mobile, AL. 1986 Summer Apprentice, with Master Potter Steve Burrow, Sea Oat Studio, Gulf Shores, AL.


CONFERENCE, WORKSHOP PRESENTER


2010 Gulf Coast Clay Conference, Demonstrating throwing and hand building Techniques, Pensacola State College, Pensacola, FL.
2010 Clay, Art and Fire, Pottery Fest, Demonstrations from over 15 nationally known premiere potters, Downtown Big Rapids, MI.
2004 First Lady’s Children’s Art Festival, Four day workshop, teaching fourth and fifth grade children of rural Alabama how to throw on the potter’s wheel: Lori Allen Siegelman, First Lady, State of Alabama, Founder and Chair, Montgomery, AL.
2003 A Hands on Workshop for the clients of the Mobile Association of Retarded Citizens, (MARC), is a community based, family-centered, advocacy and service system for persons with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities.

2002 A Hands on Workshop for the clients of the Mobile Association of Retarded Citizens, (MARC), is a community based, family-centered, advocacy and service system for persons with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities.

2001 Slide Presentation and Lecture, School for American English, Parana, Entrée Rios, Argentina. (solo).

CONFERENCES ATTENDED


2011 National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Tampa, FL 2008 National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Pittsburgh, PA.

1997 National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Las Vegas, NV.

1994 National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), New Orleans, LA.

1992 National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Philadelphia, PA. 2005 Alabama Clay Conference, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

2000 Alabama Clay Conference, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

1999 Alabama Clay Conference, University of North Alabama, Florence, AL.

1996 Alabama Clay Conference, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL.

1995 Alabama Clay Conference, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL.

1993 Alabama Clay Conference, University of North Alabama, Florence, AL.

1989 Alabama Clay Conference, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL.

1987 Alabama Clay Conference, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL.

1986 Alabama Clay Conference, Jefferson Davis Community College, Brewton, AL.  


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


2010 Mac Personal Training, Mac & More Store, Gulf Shore, AL

2010 Chairman of Exhibitions,

2011 Alabama Clay Conference, Mobile, AL.

2008 Alabama Community Scholars Institute (ACSI), Documentation of Alabama's Traditional Culture, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL.

2007 Master Class, Firing Anagama Kiln with Masayoshi Shimizu, Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society, Navarre, FL.

1998 Master Class, Mr. Fujita, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL.

1989 Grievance Committee, Student Representative, Art Department, of University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL.


MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS


2004-present Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society, Navarre, FL.

2003-present Escambia Bay Homebrew Club, Pensacola, FL.

2003-present Kentuck Museum Of Art, Northport, AL.

1997-2007 Pleasure Island Art Association, Gulf Shores, AL.

1997-present Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber Of Commerce, Gulf Shores, AL.

1996-present Cathedral Square Gallery Co-op, Mobile, AL.

1996-present Mobile Area Chamber Of Commerce, Mobile, AL.

1993-10 Eastern Shore Art Association, Fairhope, AL.

1990-94 American Ceramics Society, Dayton, OH.

1991-93 Erie Art Association, Erie, PA. 1986-89 Mobile Art Association, Mobile, AL.

1985-89 Student Art Association, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL.

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