Bruce Howdle Ceramic Exhibit : Animals In Motion and Wild Things In The Human Habitat.

Monday, July 10 – Thursday, August 31, 2017
Meet the Artist Reception| Friday, July 14, 4pm – 7pm
howdle_tractorArtist’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

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)

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

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

Bruce Howdle

225 Commerce St. Mineral Point, WI 53565