As a geologist and a clay artist, I have developed an appreciation for the anomalies in the many forms of life, clay, rock, and soil covering the Earth’s landscape. I am intrigued by the way plants, animals and weather influence the Earth’s surface, by both erosional and depositional means. This fascination has become an integral part of my art.
I am currently thinking about these iterations as I work. Looking at nature as fragmented or geomorphic shapes that are repeatedly subdivided into parts, each a smaller copy of the whole. The use of self-similarity in art allows me to interpret nature for the viewer and myself: hopefully, with both of us seeing the natural world differently after spending time with my art. -- Steve Hilton
Steve Hilton finished his MFA in Ceramics at ASU in 2005. He also holds an MS in Art Education, and a BS in Geology. Steve has taught math, English, history, astronomy, oceanography, environmental studies, art education, ceramics, 3-D design, sculpture, drawing, graphic design, and optical art at the secondary and post-secondary levels. In the past three years, his work, a fusion of sculptural and wheel thrown (sometimes functional) components, has been placed into the permanent collections of museums and collectors in the United States, Australia, Austria, Portugal, China, Canada and soon to be Cuba. During the same timeframe, he has been juried into numerous international and national exhibitions in conjunction with solo shows in the Southwestern and Midwestern United States. Steve currently is a full time ceramics and art education faculty member at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX and is the programs director for NCECA (The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art)