Meet Seward Artist, Bert Casperson
Makes: Whimsical, colorful, fun, functional pottery
From the artist: “I make wheel thrown and altered stoneware. Functional pots incorporating color, movement, natural elements and whimsy.”
About Bert: I have been an artist my whole life. Drawing is the one thing that I can say came naturally to me. My mother might say a little too naturally to a four year old with a box of crayons and a blank wall. As I started my formal training at the University of Wisconsin- Madison I stumbled upon a Ceramics class. I was drawn to the seldom used potter’s wheels in a corner of the studio. The spinning motion and fluidity of the clay was hypnotic and I was hooked immediately.
I make functional pots with the hope that in using them, people will be reminded to slow down and notice the beauty that surrounds us. From a crashing wave to a weathered stone to the rain and the sunrise our world is astonishingly beautiful if we take the time to lift our eyes and see it. I believe that incorporating handmade aesthetic objects into our daily lives helps us to keep in touch with our essential humanity.
Bert Casperson at the Ivy Building