Steve Hilton

Artist Statement

As a geologist and a clay artist, I have developed an appreciation for the anomalies in the many forms of life, clay, rock, and soil covering the Earth. I am intrigued by the way the Earth’s surface is changed by both erosional and depositional means.

I am currently thinking about these iterations as I work. Since these fragmented shapes are repeatedly subdivided into parts, each a copy of the whole, I'm compelled to continue to use self-similarity and texture which allows me to interpret nature for the viewer and myself: with both of us seeing the world differently after viewing my work.

Because of social and environmental concerns, I am committed to not firing any of my ephemeral work.

-- Steve Hilton


Steve Hilton earned his MFA in Ceramics at Arizona State University in 2005. He also holds an MS in Art Education, and a BS in Geology from Missouri State University. In the past 15 years, his work, a fusion of sculptural and wheel thrown (sometimes functional) components, has been placed into the permanent collections of museums, universities and individuals in the United States, Thailand, Australia, Austria, Portugal, China, Japan, Canada, Korea, Germany, Romania and Cuba. During the same timeframe, he has been juried into numerous international and national exhibitions in conjunction with curated solo shows in the United States. Steve is currently a full time ceramics and art education faculty member at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX and is a Fellow of the Council of NCECA (The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts).