Michael Hough Clay and Sculptor

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I am a Collector. Gathered in my studio, in my office, and at home are thousands of found objects; displayed on shelves, grouped as still lifes, and balanced on each other as models for future works, or I pick them up just because the objects look really interesting. There are bones, machine elements, furniture parts, toys, and found ceramic objects. Each has a story and a history, and each is visually intriguing. My ceramic sculpture, and wall reliefs are derived from these; either as enlarged copies or as stylized responses to each. The wall reliefs begin with a table full of clay “parts”, assembling each still-life intuitively, searching for a visual and emotional relationship between each. I hunt for contrasts that are fun, that intrigue, and cause you to ask “What was this guy thinking?”.

My welded steel sculptures are constructed like assemblage. Working with farm implements, industrial cut-offs, and interesting scrap yard finds, I weld each piece to the next in search of formalist relations. I look at the lines, shapes and negative spaces the parts create, relishing the process of discovery, and the surprise of how the individual elements relate.

I am interested in scale, how a viewer interacts with piece of sculpture that is larger than they are. The ceramic pieces are bigger than life, dwarfing the viewer, breaking the rule that clay is not supposed to be big. The wall pieces are based on the knick-knack shelf; a gathering place for the strange, the sentimental, and the kitsch. I am interested in junk drawers, those repositories of miscellaneous found in most kitchens. Each object has a story to tell and combined give a glimpse into the owner’s life.

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Michael Hough: Clay and Metal Sculpture
Michael Hough: Clay and Metal Sculpture is feeling excited.
Day one, starting to sort and organize in preparation for my sabbatical... officially starts May 2!!! A very good way to self isolate
Michael Hough: Clay and Metal Sculpture
Michael Hough: Clay and Metal Sculpture
Only two of my small masks have sold and now that VMRC is closed to visitors that looks like it...that said, if you see one you love, they are $85 each with a portion going to support the Spitzer Art Center...I believe #12 and #20 are the two sold,
Michael Hough: Clay and Metal Sculpture
Michael Hough: Clay and Metal Sculpture
It is OFFICIAL, I am going to the Salem Art Works (SAW) in October for an artist residency...part of my sabbatical next fall!!! Thank you Alex Soler for writing my letter of reference...it must have done the trick!!!
Michael Hough: Clay and Metal Sculpture
Michael Hough: Clay and Metal Sculpture
In preparation for my upcoming sabbatical this summer/fall, I am watching a lot of videos about work I love...check out this interview with George Tobolowsky!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdbFnQLhcKo
Michael Hough: Clay and Metal Sculpture
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http://GeorgeTobolowsky.com Form and Substance by George Tobolowsky George Tobolowsky is a Texas Metal Sculpture Artist who has always worked in the business...
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Michael Hough: Clay and Metal Sculpture
Michael Hough: Clay and Metal Sculpture
First batch of bowls for the Empty Bowls event next month...
Michael Hough: Clay and Metal Sculpture
Michael Hough: Clay and Metal Sculpture
Spent the afternoon mounting some fish...so the big one at Hanks has some company...