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Blue Note - John Balistreri

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This smaller sculpture, reminiscent of a music note, is made of stoneware and decorated with colored slips and glazes of vibrant blue. Measures 45" x 20" x 13".

Totemic, monumental, fluid in form and color, Balistreri's new body of work is an amalgamation of what he considers the most visually interesting characteristics of his previous work. He creates work that challenges his understanding of the material as well as his own capabilities as a maker.


John Balistreri is a Professor of Art at Bowling Green State University, where he has been the head of the Ceramic program since 1996. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986, his MFA from Kent State University in 1988, and received the Emerging Talent Award at the 1995 National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference. Balistreri also serves on the Board of Directors of the Archie Bray Foundation. His articles have been published in Ceramics: Art and Perception, Ceramics Monthly, and American Craft and his work has appeared in many books on ceramic art.

Balistreri is best known for his large-scale ceramic sculpture as well as his innovations using digital technology to create ceramic objects using ceramic 3D printing techniques. He has been awarded two patents related to this research.

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