In my work, I use a combination of materials create objects to represent memories, time, and events to preserve and create discussion. I often create work that incorporates the physical properties of clay create objects. Clay offers a variety of material characteristics depending on the state it is presented, allowing for my work to range from temporary to permanent objects. This variable of permanence allows me to consider clay in many different ways when making decisions on the hierarchy of the material I choose to work with in each piece or body of work.
— Alexander Thierry
Thierry left high school teaching to attend the University of Kansas where he received an M.F.A. in Ceramics. Using the many resources of the university, Thierry experimented with clay as material and moved from making pottery to working conceptually with clay being the main material. Along with growing and evolving as an artist, he built a visiting artist series that received over $40,000 in three years of funding. He has also attended and workshops, and received assistantships to attend craft schools in Colorado, New Jersey and Tennessee.
Thierry now resides in Columbia, South Carolina and is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at South Carolina State University. His work has been shown all over the United States in museums, galleries, and juried and solo exhibitions. His current bodies of work can stand alone or be intertwined between sculpture, video, and pottery.