2018 Brad Bachmeier

Artist-in-Residence Brad Bachmeier works with clay on a potters wheel on a cabin porch.
Bachmeier works on a piece of pottery created during his 2018 residency at the monument.

NPS/M. Draper

As a ceramic artist, Bachmeier spent years researching and creating works that center around the core of his artist statement which is: "Honoring Mankind's ancient and universal partnership with clay". Inherent in this statement is the investigation of indigenous people and how clay as a primal element was specifically used in pre-historic cultures and geographies to create not just pottery, but kilns, roads, pipes, tile, buildings etc... More recently this research has turned his attention to geologic elements and locations.

The distinct geology of Parashant makes it the ideal location to continue, expand, and develop his research in both scientific, and artistic ways. Bachmeier considers the National Park Artist-in-Residence program a rare privilege and the single best opportunity for inspiration for new ceramic pottery and helping to tell the story of Parashant National Monument.

Last updated: September 28, 2018

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