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Christopher Chaney, Chris Chaney

Biography to Display: 

EDUCATION

1999-2001 Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

2012— Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, Illinois

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

2007—Ceramics Instructor, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

2012 Ceramics Instructor, ClaySpace, Warrenville, Illinois

 

Chris Chaney seeks to create surfaces that speak of material degradation on functional ceramic wares. He is attracted to how the environment works with time to ultimately reclaim the detritus of civilization. His surface designs are inspired by “razzle dazzle,” the theory and style of visual disruption that emerged during WWI and WWII. Chaney adapts this theory and style as a decorative motif for ceramic wares.

In order to achieve the desired effects, Chaney primarily uses atmospheric firing techniques. He uses both reduction wood firings and soda firings in gas kilns.

Chaney, an artist and educator, is affiliated with the Lillstreet Art Center where he teaches soda firing to advanced students. In addition to teaching, Chaney maintains a home-studio and studies woodfiring with Doug Jeppesen at the Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, Illinois

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Artist

Website: www.chrischaneyceramics.net

Artist's Studio: Chris Chaney

 

Typical Marks

Impressed mark in the shape of the state of Illinois containing the letters CMC. Mark is usually located on the bottom of larger pieces, base of handles on mugs, or at the junction of base and wall on turned cups.

2011—
2015
Lighthouse Vase
Date: 2014

This vase was wood fired in the Waubonsee Community College train kiln for approximately 50 hours. It was thrown, altered, and assembled from modified B-mix.

Photo: Artist
Lighthouse Vase
Date: 2014

This vase was wood fired in the Waubonsee Community College train kiln for approximately 50 hours. It was thrown, altered, and assembled using modified B-mix. The pot was buried in an ember bed during the firing leading to a surface similar to saggar fired works.

Photo: Artist
Wood fired Cup
Date: 2015
Form: Cup, Yunomi
Materials: White Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Ash Glaze, Shino Glaze, Slip, Woodfire

This cup was wood fired in the Waubonsee Community College anagama for approximately 80 hours. It was thrown, faceted, and turned using modified B-mix.

Photo: Artist
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Dazzle Cup
Date: 2015

This cup was wood fired in the Waubonsee Community College anagama for approximately 80 hours. It was thrown, faceted, and turned using modified B-mix.

Photo: Artist
Dazzle Cup
Date: 2015

This cup was wood fired in the Waubonsee Community College anagama for approximately 80 hours. It was thrown, faceted, and turned using modified B-clay from Continental Clay.

Photo: Artist
Dazzle Cup
Date: 2015

This cup was wood fired in the Waubonsee Community College anagama for approximately 80 hours. It was thrown, faceted, and turned using modified B-clay from Continental Clay.

Photo: Artist

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 21, 2017. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/chaney