Colby Charpentier – Artist in Residence 2021-2022

Pictured: Colby Charpentier, Lobed Bowl, 2021. Stoneware, slip. 15 x 15 x12 inches.

Colby Charpentier began his residency at AMOCA in September 2021 and continued through August 2022. Charpentier is a process-oriented sculptor dedicated to the exploration of ceramic materials. His artistic process, grounded in a study of historical and contemporary materials production, deconstructs and reinterprets traditional vessel forms with visually arresting studies of texture, form, and color. His works are a tenuous balance of chaos and order, and a meditation on the tension between the organic and the ethereal.

Charpentier received his M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI) and his B.F.A. from Alfred University (Alfred, NY). Before coming to AMOCA, he served as a resident artist at the Morean Center for Clay (St. Petersburg, Florida), Sonoma Ceramics (Sonoma, CA), Goggleworks Center for the Arts (Reading, PA), and the Harvard Ceramics Program (Boston, MA). Charpentier has taught at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA) and the Harvard Ceramics Program (Boston, MA), and has been the recipient of numerous awards.

To learn more about Charpentier, visit his website or follow him on Instagram.

More information about AMOCA’s Artist in Residence Program can be found on the residency web page.

Colby Charpentier Closing Talk

July 23, 2022 • 11 AM (Pacific) • Virtual

Artist in Residence Colby Charpentier gave an artist talk to share and discuss recent work; this talk marked the closing event of his 2021-2022 AMOCA residency. This talk was given live via Zoom.

Teaching at the AMOCA Ceramics Studio

Resident Artists may have the option to teach classes at the Ceramics Studio. Charpentier taught wheel throwing classes and offered special skill-based workshops in the AMOCA Studios, bringing his expertise to local clay enthusiasts.

Pictured: AIR Colby Charpentier leading an Introductory Wheel Throwing session at AMOCA
Pictured: Colby Charpentier, Clay Whistles

Colby Charpentier Opening Talk

November 16, 2021 • 12 PM (Pacific) • Virtual

This artist talk, offered toward the beginning of Charpentier’s AMOCA residency, was recorded live on November 16, 2021.

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