Blake Kennedy graduated from Appalachian State University earning a BFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics and Sculpture. After graduation, he maintained his studio practice in the Boone, NC area including being a member at the Collective Studio and Gallery. Kennedy has been the Ceramic Studio Technician and a faculty member at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX since 2015. Recent work has been included in exhibitions at Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; The Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX; the Butler Art Center, Butler, PA; and the Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX. In addition to active studio practice, he enjoys spending time with his four dogs, two cats, and two chickens.
Constantly drawn to nature’s many different landscapes, my central interest is in liminal areas between a landscape’s changing topography. For example, where an ocean meets a shoreline. This space is never static. Instead, it remains a visual example of the landscape’s constant flux. These ambiguous points of transition ruminate, and in doing so, provide moments of reflection, memory, and growth. In a similar way, I think of working with clay as a liminal process. The material goes through a constant transformation as the object is being formed. The pieces I make reference to the different landscapes I have experienced, and the impressions they have left on me. My studio practice alternates between exploring these landscapes through utilitarian pieces, and investigating them in more sculptural installation based works.
Ceramics, and Sculpture