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David Westmeier

Biography to Display: 

1949 Born Louisville, Kentucky

EDUCATION

1969-1971 Coursework in Studio Art, Louisville School of Art, Louisville, Kentucky

1975-1977 Coursework, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky

APPRENTICESHIPS & RESIDENCES

1973-1975 Apprenticeship with Charles Counts, Rising Fawn Pottery, Rising Fawn, Georgia

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1972-1996 Ceramic Artist

2008-2017 Professional Driver, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, Kentucky

2017—Ceramic Artist

 

David Westmeier is known for functional pieces and large-scale raku tile murals. Early in his career, Westmeier created wheel thrown functional stoneware pottery with earth toned glazes fired in a gas reduction kiln. From 1985 onward, Westmeier focused on the raku firing method used in his large-scale tile murals.

Westmeier's work often feature glazes that produce a copper finish during the reduction process in the raku firing sequence.  Westmeier removes pieces from the 1,800F degree kiln when red hot with tongs, and places each piece into an air-tight metal chamber filled with combustible material (typically sawdust or paper). This step reduces oxygen in the chamber's atmosphere to a minimal level; encouraging color development, especially copper hues with select glazes.

Subject matter, especially for tile murals, includes fossil formations. Further information is drawn from microscopic observations of plant and aquatic life, invertebrates, and leaf detritus.

Later in his career, raku work returned to the vessel form. Westmeier throws a variety of vessels which are alters in the leather hard stage and combined to form the ultimate object.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Delta Airlines Crown Room, Honolulu International Airport, Honolulu, Hawaii

Hotel Nikko Beverley Hills, California

McDonnel Douglass Information Systems Building, New York City, New York

PGA Club House, Las Vegas, Nevada

Unisys Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Mcgill, Lynn Burnett, “Romancing the Raku.”Southern Homes Magazine, September 1987.

 

 

 

 

the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
   
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

 

Typical Marks

 From David Westmeier in July 2017.

CHOP MARK 1975 – 1985: Berea chop represents a sunset over quiet seas, my cerebral safe space...accompanied by a piece made in Berea, discovered on Ebay...Berea Kentucky period: 1975-1985

 

CHOP MARK 1985 – 1994: Atlanta chop represents myself (fingerprint), a relationship (two crossed lines, as in organic, springtime growth) and a trio of dots, the reason I moved to Atlanta after Berea, a relationship broken down by a triangle. Accompanied by two photos of same vessel, made in Atlanta. Atlanta period: 1985-1994.

 

CHOP MARK 2017 – CURRENT: Current mark, the last one I will use, living right now in the metro Louisville, Kentucky area, moving by October 1st. to Bakersville N.C. Accompanied by representative work from current period. Current period: 2017 forward.

 

1975-1985
1985-1994
2017
Lidded Canister
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Lidded Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Photo: TMP
Lidded Vessel
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Photo: TMP
Vessel
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vessels and a Lamp
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Photo: TMP
Seed Pods
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Unglazed
Photo: TMP
Ancient Koan
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 8, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/westmeier