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Ceramic Artist Andy Brayman to Talk on “Pragmatism and Decadence” as Koopman Distinguished Chair in Visual Arts

Posted 02/08/2011
Posted by David Isgur

Andy Brayman, the Richard & Georgette Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts at the Hartford Art School, will present a lecture entitled, “Pragmatism and Decadence through Applied Research:  Artworks by Andy Brayman and the Matter Factory.”  The talk, being held on Tuesday, Feb. 8, beginning at 2:30 p.m., is free and open to the public The program will take place in Wilde Auditorium in the Harry Jack Gray Center on the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford..

Throughout his career, Brayman has consistently focused on traditional domestic ceramic objects, though in a highly fresh and original way.  Borrowing from ceramic history, Brayman truly reinvents these objects through the manipulation of form, incredible design, craftsmanship and strong conceptual content.  Decals, slip casting and other manufacturing processes typically associated with industry are his primary methods of fabrication.  His work can be functional, sculptural or purely decorative.

In 2005, Brayman founded The Matter Factory in Kansas City. It is part artist studio, part laboratory, and part factory. In addition to producing objects of his design, the company contains a collaborative element. Guest designers and artists are invited to develop objects for production, which might otherwise have trouble finding an eager manufacturer.

Brayman holds a BA in sociology and a BFA in ceramics from the University of Kansas (1996) and an MFA in ceramics from Alfred University (1998). His work is a combination of traditional craft, industrial processes, and contemporary art strategies. At their best, his pots demonstrate an object’s potential to be both beautiful and cerebral.

For more information, contact Karen DeGrace, executive assistant to the dean of the Hartford Art School, at 860.768.4392, or