My recent investigations involve the way the natural world suggests patterns, textures, and imagery. The shapes and textures of insects, fish, rocks and water influence my process of carving and glazing the surfaces of my pots.
I usually choose to create functional objects that are easily integrated into everyday use. It is my hope that when the user of the piece interacts with it, their domestic activity is enhanced by the beauty and / or functionality of the object.
Visiting Professor of Art and Art History
Director of the George Waters Gallery
MFA Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 2005
BFA Alfred University 1991
Chris Longwell is an artist and art
educator. His ceramic works are
exhibited nationally at venues such as the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA), the M.T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, NJ, and Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL . His work has
been published in numerous books (Lark Books 500 Cups; 500 Pitchers) and magazines (Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics:Art and Perception). A recent one-man exhibition was installed in the gallery at Clayscapes, Syracuse, NY.
Four years of teaching high school art at Notre Dame High School has provided Professor Longwell with the experience to mentor art education majors at Elmira College. As gallery director, he reaches out into the international, national and regional art communities to bring the artwork of artists to campus. Recent shows include “One Billionth of a Meter: An International Show of Nano Artists"; Ceramics Invitational; Sculpture and Paintings by David Hayes; and works from the collection of children's book author/illustrator Tedd Arnold.
In addition to exhibiting work, Professor Longwell is also involved in community organizations that utilize his expertise in art, including the Arnot Art Museum, Catholic Charities' Empty Bowls Project, Tanglewood Nature Center (Board member) and the ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes.