I have been told by my Father that there are two types of people in this world, those who like to fish and those who like to catch fish. To me this articulation reaches beyond fishing. Preoccupation with specific outcomes hinders our ability to appreciate the endeavor. Beauty is an experience that is realized through both participation and observation and it is best when shared. I use illustration in my work to explore ideas about wildlife that I have encountered while spending time on the water. I pair this imagery with vessels commonly used when having shared experiences. I attach great value to these experiences and seek to protect our ability to meet with nature in a truthful way.
— Bradley Klem
Bradley Klem has lived much of his life in Arizona and was first introduced to clay while studying painting at Arizona State University. Since completing his undergraduate degree in 2014 with a focus on ceramics Brad has been regularly exhibiting his work in national and international exhibitions as well as hosting workshops and presentations across the U.S. In 2015 he partnered with Alexandra Jelleberg to co-found, coordinate and direct “GrowlerFest 2015 East and West.” As a founding director of GrowlerFest it is his aim to emphasize the link between the craft brewery movement and the vitality of handmade pottery. Currently he is the studio manager, resident artist, and instructor at the Mesa Arts Center Ceramics Studio in Mesa, Arizona. Bradley continues to live and work in the Phoenix area, where he is producing pottery influenced by his love of fishing and fueled by his concern for local fisheries.