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Steve Gardner

Steven Gardner

"Behind all of my imagery is a legend or myth that I create along with the work—both the story and the sculpture develop together."

Steve Gardner's sculpture focuses on the human figure, surface pattern, and a sense of story. He uses both ancient and contemporary stylizations to tell his stories. Often both epic and ordinary, his work joins elements that are seemingly incongruous: pictorial illusion with three-dimensional space, loose gesture with controlled detail.

Utilizing traditional techniques with new innovations in surface color, Gardner hand sculpts his work from terra-cotta slabs that are colored with ceramic slips. After drying and bisque firing, subsequent layers of glaze are applied and fired to fuse together for a rich finish.

Gardner studied art and biology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, then received his MFA in ceramic sculpture from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Both his gallery work and his architectural commissions

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Fig. 4c: The Dream
Ceramic Wall Art

$ 1,000
Bird in Thorns
Ceramic Wall Art

$ 1,200
Blackbird
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 900
Fig 3a
Ceramic Wall Art

$ 435