Artist Statement and Resume

Garret Pendergrass Artist Statement

Garret Pendergrass | Fort Worth Ceramic ArtistGarret Pendergrass is a Fort Worth  based Ceramic Artist and teacher.  Coming from three generations of builders, design has always been a part of his life:

“My grandpa, an engineer, helped rebuild Anchorage after a large earthquake in 1965. Until his retirement, my father took part in building homes and assisting in downtown revitalization in major metropolises like Houston, DFW, and San Antonio. My mother’s calling was to help people and families build their lives by assisting them in buying their        first homes or starting their businesses.”

It is no wonder why he is drawn to clay. Pottery allows Garret to construct his ideas into forms that excite him and realize what he is, a builder.

Garret is partially influenced from his childhood memories:

“My friends and I would go down to the river by my house and play explorer, fish, and swim. We threw rocks against other rocks to see if we were strong enough to break them apart. Surprisingly, they were pretty easy to crack open, and sometimes what we later deemed to be “valuable crystals” became exposed upon impact. We spent hours trying to break open rocks to see what it looked like on the inside. If it shined, we later hid them in a box for fear that if others found out what valuables we found, they would take them. Little did we know we amounted more of a mess in my mom’s garage than riches and glory.”

Recalling the energy and excitement he experienced from finding “treasure” allows him to use these memories to influence and transform the clay into works of art.

Over the years he has continued to hunt for hidden “treasure” by taking the time to find, not just what is pleasing to his eye, but also what excites his. Early in the twentieth century, prior to WWI, a formation of ideas stirred together to create Expressionist Architecture. In reaction to the dreary, unattractive buildings being built in Berlin, artists like Taut, Scharoun, and Fensterlin desired to create structures that enhanced their cityscape for the exponentially growing population. Although, few of their designs were actually constructed, they left behind innumerable drawings, writings, and models that communicate their aesthetic criteria. Though there are a myriad of characteristics, some traits seem to sparkle like the rocks by the river Garret recalls from his childhood.

Distortion helps express the energy Garret had as a child in his own work:

“Every day as a boy I saw grass, flowers, and other organic, even unruly, images by the river. They became commonplace to me, but by breaking open a rock, I revealed the unordinary, hidden beauty of nature. Mineral formations are one quality Expressionist architects employ that associates with my “treasure.” Expressionist architects distort the entire building as opposed to just the building’s accents — such as railings and balconies found in Art Noveau architecture. Like their blueprints, I plan each form with a preliminary drawing but try to keep a sense of spontaneity, allowing the form to grow and take its own shape during the building process. Fueled by fond memories of my past as well as becoming familiar with Expressionist architecture provided the foundation to build my vessels.”

See some of Garret’s Ceramic Gallery here!


Artist Resume

Education

Master of Fine Arts, University of North Texas (3.92 G.P.A.)  |  May 2007

Teaching License (7-12), University of Mississippi  |  May 2002

B.A. Graphic Design, Business Minor,Univ. of Mississippi (3.45 G.P.A.)  |  December 2001

All Saints Episcopal High School, Fort Worth, TX  |  May 1997

Professional Experience

Guest Artist Decatur ISD  |  Spring 2014

Firehouse Pottery and Gallery, artist and instructor  |  August 2013- Present

Present Adjunct Professor Tarrant County College, ceramics I/II  |  August 2013

K-6 Art Teacher, All Saints’ Episcopal School  |  September 2009 – May 2013

Guest Instructor, All Saints High School, Ft. Worth, TX  |  March 2007

Workshop Facilitator, Eastfield Community College, Mesquite, TX  |  March 2007

Sales Assistant, Texas Pottery Supply, Saginaw, TX  |  January – August 2007

Teaching Fellow, UNT  |  August – December 2006

Teaching Assistant, UNT  |  January 2005- May 2007

Junior High, High School Art Teacher, Bruce, MS  |  August 2003 – August 2004

Exhibitions/Sales

Selections, Community Art Center, Fort Worth, TX  |  July 2014

FWADA Gallery Night, Fort Worth, TX  |  March 2014

Open Streets, Fort Worth, TX  |  November 2013

ARTS Goggle, Fort Worth, TX  |  October 2013

Alumni Art Show, ASES  |  September 2008

Best of Show, Forms and Shapes: Inspired by Architecture, Juror, Wayne Branum  |  August 2007

Visual Arts Society of Texas 39th Annual Spring Event, Juror, Karen Kunc  |  April 2007

Texas Arts and Craft Festival, Kerrville, TX, Juried  |  May 2007

Construct, Solo Exhibition, Edmund Craig Gallery, Fort Worth, TX  |  May 2007

“Coffee, Tea, or…” Angelo State Ceramic Exhibition  |  April 2007

Denton Fine Arts Show, Juried  |  April 2007

Voertman’s Art Competition, Juried  |  April 2007

Denton Arts and Jazz Festival  |  April 2007

Texas Arts and Craft Festival, Kerrville, TX, Juried  |  May 2006

Current Works, Group Exhibition, Denton, TX  |  April 2006

Force, Group Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Natural Science  |  April 2006

Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, Denton, TX  |  April 2006

Out of Sight Group Exhibition, Dallas, TX  |  September 2005

Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, Denton, TX  |  April 2005