Geoff Wheeler

Geoffrey Wheeler

Program Director / Professor

Phone 715-232-1236
Office 103D Applied Arts

Biography:

Geoffrey Wheeler received a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, and an MFA from University of Minnesota. He has been teaching ceramics at the University of WI-Stout since 1999, and has presented lectures and workshops throughout the United States, and in Canada, Hungary, Taiwan and China. Wheeler’s colorful porcelain vessels have been exhibited widely, and included in numerous books on contemporary ceramics and featured in the journals, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perspective and Studio Potter. Wheeler’s work is collected both nationally and internationally.

 Professional Interests:

"While rooted in the European and Asian traditions of functional pottery, my work explores the vessel both as metaphor and as object of corporeal physicality. The forms allude to plants and human bodies; imagery that artists have used throughout the centuries to express ideas about their relationship to the world. I work with volumes that reflect the interactions of flesh and bone and breath, exploring the idea of vessel as body, and volume as spirit. Through the investigation of line and volume, form and color, interior and exterior, I am able to find balances within myself, between my intellect and intuition, my masculine and feminine qualities, my flesh and my dreams. My intention is to make life-affirming objects. In order for them to be fully realized they must be used, becoming active parts of the celebration of life."