Bob Bruch

“Surge” 
Ceramic Stoneware, 11” x 12” x 11”


In developing my asymmetrical work, I am guided by the interaction of volume and line during the making of each piece.

My irregular, apparently random, coil-built constructions result from variances introduced at the base of each vessel during the initial phase of my hand-building process. From these slight modifications in the base upon which I coil-build each vessel, a uniquely organic—yet “predetermined”—shape emerges.

As my construction begins to close in along the top of each vessel, I introduce a more deliberate edge or line in finishing the piece. The tension and dialogue this edge creates between line and volume in each piece tells a story.

My surface treatment of each pot aims to highlight and complement the work's narrative contour. 

Artist Bio

I have led a "double life" of sorts in the fields of both business and art. I received a B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University and an MBA from Stanford Business School. Upon graduating, during the tumultuous era of the Vietnam War, I spent several years in a pilot MBA program for VISTA (domestic Peace Corps) consulting for community groups in a Hispanic neighborhood in San Francisco.

I first began to make artwork during my time in VISTA—a practice I continued to develop while later working at IMG (the dominant firm in the sports marketing field). My expertise in business and art led me to create the first ceramics co-op in Cleveland in 1978. In 1990, I went to art school at the Cleveland Institute of Art. I also received a graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University in 1996.

I have since had the good fortune to show my work in a range of venues, including the prestigious Strictly Functional Pottery National and the Clay National Exhibition.

Website: bob-bruch.blog




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