As a geologist by training, 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’s landscape. I am intrigued by the way plants, animals and weather influence the Earth’s surface, by both erosional and depositional means. This fascination has become an integral part of my art.
I am currently thinking about these iterations as I make art. Since these fragmented and geomorphic shapes are repeatedly subdivided into parts, each a smaller copy of the whole, I’m compelled to use self similarity, iteration and subsequent textures which in turn allows me to interpret nature for the viewer and myself: hopefully with both of us seeing the natural world differently after spending time with my work.
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 9 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 currently is a full time ceramics and art education faculty member at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX.