CRYSTALLINE GLAZE & PORCELAIN POTTERY RESOURCE


SPIRAL


 STUDIO

Artist's Statement:

I find the inherent challenges posed by creating crystalline glazes to be alluring. It requires both an analytical mind and a preoccupation with experimentation to bend crystals to one's will. Also required is the selective eye of the artist, the ability to recognize success and the intuition required to transform the successful into the sublime. Beautiful crystalline glazes are as stimulating to make as they are inspiring to behold.

Artist's Biography #1:

In 2005, William Melstrom was an invited artist to the first two international crystalline glaze exhibits in over ten years. The first, during April, took place at Espace Grandjean in Valluris, France. The second, during September, occurred at the Red Star Studios in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1995, William Melstrom won First Place in the Tenth Annual San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts National Ceramics Competition. William earned a Fine Arts Degree with Highest Honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 1993, and a Ceramics Merit Scholarship in 1994. William uses bowls, platters and vases as canvases to display his extraordinary glazes and surface effects. Currently, the artist is exploring the shimmering, mesmerizing qualities of crystalline glazes. Prior to becoming interested in clay, William majored in Architecture at Rice University in Houston, beginning in 1975. He has worked as a draftsman, served in the Asian Pacific with the US Navy, and bent pipe and pulled wired for twelve years as a Journeyman Union Electrician. William Melstrom's work is in permanent museum collections, and has been pictured in Ceramics Monthly. The Artist resides at his Austin studio/home with Bosco, his holstein-colored cat, and with Bunny, a Greyhound mix.

Artist's Bio #2:

In 2005, William Melstrom was an invited artist in the first international crystalline glaze exhibits in over ten years. The first, during April, took place at Espace Grandjean in Valluris, France. The second, during September, occurred at the Red Star Studios in Kansas City, Missouri. William Melstrom won first place in the 1995 Tenth Annual San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Ceramic Competition. He received a Fine Arts Degree with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to becoming interested in clay, he majored in architecture at Rice University in Houston and worked as a draftsman, served in the Asian Pacific with the US Navy, and bent pipe as a Union Electrician. William's work is in permanent museum collections and has been pictured in Ceramics Monthly.