David SwensonDavid Swenson

Associate Professor
Ceramics, sculpture

E-Mail: David.Swenson@ndsu.edu
Office: Downtown 324C
Phone: (701) 231-8691
Web: web.me.com/swensondavid/Site/Home.html

Degrees:

  • M.F.A., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute

David Swenson’s recent work includes three consecutive engagements at the International Snow carving Symposium in Winnipeg, Manitoba and an appearance on The Food Challenge Network’s Incredible Edible Landscapes in 2009. He also had a solo show at Sam Houston State University 2010.  Most recently He has completed the construction of the NDSU Woodkiln.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University focusing on sculptural media and research in wood kiln design, construction & firing techniques.  More information can be found at ndsuwoodfire.com.

Utilitarian ware
I have sought to incorporate forms associated with architecture and the figure to produce pieces that could be part of a daily ritual and create an aesthetic awareness.  This current body of work is press molded or slip cast and altered.  The materials chosen are to display a variety of surface qualities and working properties. 

Clay
The works selected are made from porcelain clay that has been formulated to be slip cast.  It is then molded and carved into differing permutations of the original form.

Glaze
This cup has been glazed prior to being fired in the wood kiln with a plant based ash glaze.  Ash glazes can be made from a number of burned plant materials such as oak trees, sunflower seed hulls, or flax straw.  The ash is washed, screened to particle size and dried before being added to a glaze formula.

 

  • "Medusa" Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2009
  • "Medusa" Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2009
  • "Medusa" Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2009
  • "Medusa" Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2009
  • "Medusa" Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2009
  • "Medusa" Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2009
  • "Medusa" Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2009
  • "Medusa" Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2009
  • "Medusa" Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2009
  • Birth Icon from cedar reliquary, wood fired stoneware, 12"x12"x15"
  • Birth Icon from gauze cocoon, bronze, 12"x12"x15"
  • Birth Icon from cedar reliquary, wood fired stoneware, 12"x12"x15"
  • Icon 1, cedar reliquary, 6'x3'x4'
  • Icon 1, front view, cedar reliquary, 6'x3'x4'
  • Gauze womb for bronze birth icon, 6'x6'x15'
  • Gauze womb for bronze birth icon, 6'x6'x15'
  • Birth Icon, interior view
  • Birth Icon, interior view
  • Elastomeric Icon in Cage, plastic and metal, 8'x3'x3'
  • Detail of Elastomeric Icon in Cage
  • Salt Icon, salt and wood, 2'x2'x3'
  • Salt Icon, salt and wood, 2'x2'x3'
  • Detail, Salt Icon, salt and wood, 2'x2'x3'
  • Detail, Elastomeric Icon in Cage, plastic and metal, 8'x3'x3'
  • Elastomeric Icon in Cage, plastic and metal, 8'x3'x3'
  • Work in Progress, Large Scale Head for Psychological Portrait series
  • Work in Progress, Large Scale Head for Psychological Portrait series
  • Work in Progress, Large Scale Head for Psychological Portrait series
  • Work in Progress, Large Scale Head for Psychological Portrait series
  • Work in Progress, Large Scale Head for Psychological Portrait series
  • Work in Progress, Large Scale Head for Psychological Portrait series
  • Work in Progress, Large Scale Head for Psychological Portrait series
  • Work in Progress, Large Scale Head for Psychological Portrait series
  • "Time Arches On," Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2010
  • "Time Arches On," Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2010
  • "Time Arches On," Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2010
  • "Time Arches On," Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2010
  • "Time Arches On," Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2010
  • "Time Arches On," Festival du Voyager Snow Carving Symposium, 2010
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