APRIL 9, 6:00 P.M. (CST)


Gary Hatcher

I am interested in the perpetual journey that working with

clay provides. Historically the question of why an object is declared beautiful is contingent on the cultural definition of beauty. Why in some cultural-historic periods are simple pots recognized as ART and in others the same simple pot considered in the diminutive? Making clay vessels for me is more than selection of clay, glaze and firing. For me working with clay is a philosophical journey comprising many considerations beyond materials. 

Current work addresses symmetry of form and the random trailing of many glaze colors on those symmetrical pieces.

I am interested in creating a tension between that symmetry and randomness. Most works are glazed and fired in a bourry box wood fired kiln. Wood firing provides a subtle interaction with light wood ash from the burning wood which accumulates on glazed ceramic surfaces accentuating form. The long firings with an atmosphere alternating between oxidation and reduction breathes life into the surfaces with every stoke of

the kiln.

Gary C. Hatcher apprenticed in ceramic art studios in Devon, England, with Michael Leach and David Leach from 1976 to 1979 as well as shorter apprenticeship experiences in France and Greece.  He studied ceramics at The University of North Texas where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics and at Texas A&M at Commerce where he received

a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture where he worked in large scale stone carving. He served as Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Tyler for 13 years stepping down from that position in 2013. Currently he is the B.J. and Dub Riter Professor of Art and taught at UT Tyler since 1992. 


Pine Mills, Texas