I create ceramic sculptures and functional objects that resemble obscure mechanical devices from our industrial past. I draw inspiration from the forms and surfaces of antique medical devices, farm machinery and domestic appliances to create works that reflect a spirit of inventiveness, ingenuity and whimsy. The work is a product of my desire to be engaged in a creative process of posing questions and solving problems. The mechanical forms and antiqued surfaces that I use are meant to be familiar to engage viewers in a creative process of their own as they attempt to discern the true function of the objects amidst varying levels of real and imagined functionality. At the same time, the forms and surfaces remain slightly unfamiliar to emphasize the true nature of the processes and materials being utilized in the creation of each object.
— Todd Volz
Todd Volz was born and raised in a small town in Wyoming. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from the University of Wyoming and his MFA from the University of Idaho. Since graduate school Todd has maintained a studio practice and taught ceramics in adjunct positions at the University of Idaho, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and Colorado State University. He also served as studio director at Santa Fe Clay for two years. He is currently living and working in Colorado.