BRUCE HOWDLE- CERAMIC SCULPTURE EXHIBIT | Monday, July 10 – Thursday, August 31, 2017


Meet the Artist Reception| Friday, July 14, 4pm – 7pm

Artist’s Statement

After a college career focused in the fine arts with an emphasis in clay, I founded a studio in the middle of the USA and vowed to make it work. Motivated to maintain my identity by my instructors in four universities, I avoided areas of the arts that compromised individuality for the ubiquitous commercial style that looks the same from east to west.  My style, surface, and method make my work my own. It is more important  to me to maintain the spontaneity of the surface than the identity of the subject portrayed.  I want to see the clay and the gesture of the subject expressed through how I worked the surface. To me it is all about the surface.

Over the years my work has become increasingly more colorful and more playful. My themes have expanded to encompass animals in motion, under-water worlds, human aspirations and human history.  Part of what I do is also engineering. I have designed installations that wrap around building corners, follow large curved surfaces, and adorned plaster, brick and stone walls.

Working in clay I have derived a profound respect for the earth and what it has to offer. The malleability of clay allows me to create virtually any image in as much or as little detail as I wish out of the simplest material and with confidence that it will last hundreds, even thousands of years.

In the decades I have been working in clay I have often thought about the days as a boy when I saw the rusted remnants of old cars, barbed wire and old machinery thrown in gullies to help slow erosion from farm fields. As young adults we knew these dump sites as places where wild animals used our refuse for shelter and as a hunting ground. I was aware even then of the contrast between nature and the rusted remnants of human activity.This exhibit is about animals in motion and wild things in the human habitat.


1976    • MFA, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Major: Ceramics

1974    • MA, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ Major: Ceramics, Minor: Education

1969    • BS/Ed, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Platteville, WI Major: General Art, Minor: Education


2016    · A Healing Arts Exhibition, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson,WI, Exhibitor

2015    · Wild Things In The Human Environment, Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, WI; solo show

2014    · Wild Things In The Human Environment, Howdle Gallery, Mineral Point, WI; solo show

2014    · Ring of Fire, Sugar River Gallery, Verona, WI; Exhibitor

2014    · Perceptions of the Material World, Harry & Laura Nohr Gallery, Platteville, WI; Exhibitor

2014    · Generations of the Paoli Clay Family Show, J Nikolai Art, Milwaukee, WI; Exhibitor

2014    ·Elevating Clay; From Wheel to Wall, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison WI; Exhibitor

2003    • Slane Scholar Solo Exhibit Bradley University, Peoria, IL; Lecturer and Exhibitor

1996    • Clay AZ Art XVIII, Flagstaff, AZ; Lecturer and Exhibitor

1993    • World Clay Stomp, NAU Art Gallery, Flagstaff, AZ; Lecturer & Exhibitor

1993    • Dubuque Public Art Museum, Dubuque, IA; One-Person Show

1991    • International Exchange at Jurmala, Latvia; Guest of Soviet Artist Union

1989    • Clay Arizona Art, National Crafts Gallery, Finland; Exhibitor

1988    • Clay Arizona Art, Underground Gallery, Sweden; Exhibitor

1987    • Red Carpet Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; One-Person Show

1986    • Clay Arizona Art, Helsinki, Finland; Exhibitor

1985    • Clay Arizona Art, Rotorua, New Zealand; Lecturer & Exhibitor

1984    • West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts, West Bend, WI; Exhibitor

1984    • NAU Western Regional Conference, Flagstaff, AZ; Lecturer & Exhibitor

1983    • Marietta Representative Show, Elements Gallery, New York, NY; Exhibitor


Major Commissions

2014    Six residential commissions from 25 to 40 sq ft

2013-14 Wild Things In The Human Environment, series of 11 murals for exhibitions

2013    Various residential commissions from 15 to 25 sq ft

2012    Cornish Society, Mineral Point Public Library, Mineral Point, WI, Immigrant Pioneers, (three panels total 9’w 3.5’h)

2012    Private residence, Cassville, WI, Fell Pony (8’w x5.5’h)

2011    Culver Corp., Prairie du Sac, WI, Cranes, (three panels from 3’h x 3w to 3”hx6’w)

2011    Rider Transit Center, Concord, NC, Public Transportation Retrospective, (five panels from 3’ x 4’ to 5’ x 6’)

2010    Private residence, Galena, IL, Eastern Canadian Moose, (5.5‘hx9’w)

2009    The Fort Group, St. Augustine FL, Mermaid with Dolphins, (8’6”h x 12’w),

2008    Peru State College, Peru, NE, (five window sized panels on façade of building)

2008    City of Menasha, Working the Locks, (7’h x 8’w)

2008    Café 4, Mineral Point, WI. Wisconsin Tuscan Landscape, (4’h x6’w)

2007    Sheboygan Public Ed Fnd, Sheboygan, WI ,Landmarks of Sheboygan ( two 3’h x 40’w)

2006    Crocodile, private residence, Mineral Point, WI (5’h x 8’w)

2005    Waunakee Community High School, Waunakee, WI, 150 sq. ft. Prehistoric Wisconsin

2004    Various Residential Commissions, ranging in size from 15-42 sq. ft.

2003    TDS Metrocom/Wall Properties, Madison, WI, Reaching Higher, 5ʼx15ʼ

2002    Brighton, CO Police/Municipal Court Facility, Transportation History, 27ʼx9ʼ

2002    First Presbyterian Church, Fond du Lac, WI, Christ Surrounded by Children, 10ʼx5ʼ

2001    John Deere & Co, Davenport, IA, Buck and Doe in the Woods, 11’6”ʼx6’6”ʼ

2000    Primate Research Center, Madison, WI, Rhesus Monkeys in Forest Canopy, 38ʼx2ʼ

2000    Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh, WI, Peacable Kingdom, 17ʼx8ʼ

2000    City of Menasha, Menasha, WI, Commercial History of the City, 53ʼx32ʼ

2000    Stafford Schools, Stafford, AZ, K-12 Activities, five 6ʼx4ʼ

2000    NAU, Flagstaff, AZ, Elk and Havolina in Mountain Landscape, 7ʼ6”x7ʼ

2000    Private Residence, MN, Native American Wildlife Scene, 8ʼw x25ʼh

1998    University Hospital Clinic, Madison, WI, Celebration of Life, two 5ʼx18ʼ

1998    Education Center, Camp Ripley, MN, Timber Wolf, 5ʼx7ʼ

1997    Private Residence, WI, Fish and Birds, 18ʼx8ʼ with 20º corner

1996    Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, Lawton, OK, Elk, Buffalo, Longhorn and Deer,

28ʼx10ʼ on concave wall (66ʼ6” degree radius)

1995    National Jockey Club, Sportsmen’s Park, Cicero, IL, Jockeys and Horses,

23ʼx7ʼ with 90º corner

1993    American Family Insurance National Headquarters, Madison, WI, Children at Play in Rural Landscape, 20ʼx14’with 54º radius

1992    Jerry’s Old Town, Germantown, WI, Life Size Pig and Corn

1991    Dubuque Internal Medicine, Dubuque, IA, Human Life Cycle , 5ʼh

1991    Puskin Museum, Moscow, Russia, Life Size Pigs Head

1991    Latvia Art Museum, Riga, Latvia, Life Size Pigs Head

1989    Altar Piece for Chapel on the recommissioned USS Wisconsin

1988    Honey Baked Ham Co., Corporate Office, Life Size Pig and Corn

1987    Bigsby & Kruthers, Oakbrook, IL, Horse Sculpture, 8ʼ7” tall

1986    Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, University Activities, 9ʼx9ʼ

1986    Epply Airfield, Omaha, NE, The West Begins, 8ʼx30ʼ

1985    Bolinger Marketing, California, MO, Life-sized Wild Turkey

1985    John & Deborah Appleton, Dallas, TX, Life-sized Pig and Apples and Matched Pair of Geese


1985    McDonaldʼs Corporate Office, Oakbrook, IL, Life-Sized Pig & Corn

1980    Inter-North, Omaha, NE, Four Vases with Varying Themes, average height 42”

1979    Iowa Beef Processors, Dakota City, NE, Cattle herd, 9ʼ4”x27


2012    · Mural Magic, The Fell Pony Express, Vol. 11, No. 1

2005    · World Contemporary Public Ceramic Art, Zhang Yushan, Hunan Fine Arts Press

2003    • The Craft and Art of Clay, by Susan Peterson (third edition)

2003    • Working with Clay, by Susan Peterson (second edition)

2002    • Ceramics: A Potterʼs Handbook, by Glenn C. Nelson and Richard Burkett

(sixth edition)

1999    • Art Calendar, November

1998    • Working with Clay, by Susan Peterson

1996    • Ceramic Art and Perception, Issue 23

1991    • The Craft and Art of Clay, by Susan Peterson

1988    • Studio Potter, Volume 16

1987    • Ceramics Monthly, September

1985    • Studio Potter

1983    • Images in Clay Sculpture, by Charlotte F. Speight

1981    • Clay is the Way, Gen Kleinsmith

1980    • Ceramics Monthly, on September cover


Bruce Howdle

225 Commerce St. Mineral Point, WI 53565



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