John E. Weis, December, 1935 @cincyartmuseum
John Ellsworth Weis (1892-1962)was born in Powell County, Kentucky. His family moved to Higginsport, Ohio when he was very young and then to Norwood, Ohio, just out of Cincinnati. At the age of 14, he enrolled at the Art Academy of Cincinnati while working various jobs to pay for his training. Among the Art Academy faculty at the time were notable painters such as Frank Duveneck, James Hopkins, L.H. Meakin, and Herman Wessel. He impressed his teachers and was offered a full-time position at the Art Academy at the age of twenty-two. He held his position there for thirty eight years.
Weis traveled to Europe and spent time in Paris in the 20's with his student, Frank Myers and exhibited at the Paris Salon. He also made contact with fellow Cincinnatians Elizabeth Nourse and James Hopkins. Upon returning to Cincinnati, his work was exhibited at the Art Museum in 1921 and 1923. He was also an active member of the Cincinnati Art Club and served as their president during 1927-1928. During his career he traveled to Taos, New Mexico; Provincetown, Woodstock, Rockport, Gloucester, and Booth Bay Harbor. He died in his home in Cincinnati in 1962.
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PROCESS. I use traditional coil building techniques to make my hollow ceramic sculptures. It’s a technique that has been used for thousands of years. Coil building is an ancient ceramic process of rolling out “snakes” of clay, placing them in the desired shape, and smoothing them together. Here I’m blending my hand rolled coils together using my fingers with a hand inside to support the walls. I then use a variety of metal and rubber ribs to blend and smooth my pieces to the desired result.
I took my first introductory pottery class in 2012 but developed a steady committed practice in 2015(after I got my first full time job as a software engineer). I fell in love with and became quite proficient on the pottery wheel first. I loved throwing off the hump and making teapots. I also loved altering my thrown vessels to achieve unique shapes after but I always had this urge to express more than my functional work could say. I started coil building sculptures in 2019. It was frustrating at first and I struggled to make nice coils and control the shape of the pieces, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. Coil building gives me considerable control over the shape of my sculptures. You can carefully sculpt the coils in the air and make your sculpture bulge outward or narrow inward. The possibilities are limitless and I’m so happy I get to keep discovering what is possible with this method.
Come see my solo exhibition of ceramic sculptures made using this technique @locallanguageart
On Exhibit September 11-October 30(Open Saturdays 1-5pm. No appointment necessary.)