Sunday, April 19, 2009

Xiem Clay

The featured artist is Kevin Nguyen, who is also a good friend of mine. Kevin is a professional industrial designer who found a passion in pottery.  Only a few artists that I have known, have the confidence and the courage to leave their daily 9-5 job in order to pursue a dream. Although working with shapes and sculpting with his hands is not unusual for an industrial designer, this medium allows him the freedom of expression through using natural earthly materials.  His style has a characteristic mixture of Eastern, Western, and European countries. 

Kevin founded Xiem Clay Center in 2003.  
Most of the time, you'll find Kevin burning the midnight oil, usually from a spark of a thought or testing new materials and techniques. Xiem Clay Center offers a wide range of Ceramic materials and supplies, a gallery, as well as numerous courses.  If you are in the area, stop by the studio and view his work in person.  Who said playing in the mud isn't rewarding?