Rovin Ceramics will be open late this Friday, May 8th for a FREE artist talk with Troy Bungart. Stop in to learn more about this Michigan artist and pick up any last minute supplies before the weekend!
Recently, Rovin Ceramics had the pleasure of sitting down with Bungart to find out just what it is that drives his creativity.
When Troy Bungart started working with clay in the 1980s, he became so dissatisfied with the quality and designs of the pottery tools available to him, he decided to start making tools of his own. Tools that could not only better serve him functionally, but were aesthetically pleasing in his studio and would stand up to wear. By having the skills to make the tools that he’d subsequently use in shaping his own pottery, he was able to further experiment and have control over the forms, details and textures he set out to achieve.
Sharing his vision of pottery, tools and brushes with other potters continues to give Troy a sense of deep accomplishment. Seeing other potters make connections with their tools in order to elevate their craft and more directly express themselves, is always something Troy has greatly appreciated. He is often working with other artists, be it through conversations, email, text or scribbled on napkins to help them achieve the perfect tool.
You've heard the phrase: "if you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day...if you teach a man to fish, he'll eat for life"...Troy believes that showing someone how to make one brush can help them realize the possibilities, giving them more control over variables, he says.
Workshops, such as the one at Rovin Ceramics on May 9, are designed to show how a potter’s tool can hold more value than simply its ability to manipulate clay...tools can hold deep sentimental meanings too. One example of that at a previous workshop, some children of a horse owner who recently lost an animal, brought in strands of the horses hair to be included in a brush so that their mother could remember her beloved horse. Another time, at a workshop in Pendleton, N.C., a group of five women had Troy play barber so they could each have a bit of themselves included in their brush.
So, come spend your weekend at Rovin Ceramics, we're sure you'll make more than just beautiful tools.