Artist Statement

My Father has told me many times that there are two types of people in this world; those who like to fish and those who like to catch fish.  This articulation reaches beyond fishing.   Preoccupation with specific outcomes hinders our ability to appreciate the endeavor.  Beauty is an experience that is realized through both participation and observation and it is best when shared.

I use illustration in my work to express ideas about conservation and fishing.  Ideas that I have in large part developed through sharing experiences with my father on the water and in the mountains of Northern Arizona. I pair this imagery with handmade pottery in order to exploit its universal familiarity and utilize the relationship we have with objects that inhabit our everyday lives. The illustrations become part of the overall experience with these objects and possibly even add to the conversations which may take place around them.

Carefully made pots create chances to momentarily decelerate our lives through their use. The user responds to an impression made just below a handle or wonders at the deception of weightlessness which a thickened rim can deny. I take advantage of these momentary pauses in order to allow the viewer to build upon a new experience with the imagery.


Bradley Klem
531 Puddintown Road • State College, PA • 16801
CELL (602)695-0224 • E-MAIL



Ceramics – 1st year
Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 16801

Bachelor of Arts in Art Studies
Focus in Ceramics
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281
Graduated May 2014

Associate in Arts Degree
Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ 85302
Graduated December 2006


(2015 – present) Founder/Director of GrowlerFest

(2014 – present) Ceramics Studio Manager; Instructor
Mesa Art Center, ceramics studio; Mesa, AZ.

(2015) Ceramics Studio Technician
Phoenix College, ceramics studio; Phoenix, AZ.

(2014 – 2015) Ceramics Studio Technician
Mesa Art Center, ceramics studio; Mesa, AZ.

(2010 – 2013) Lighting Technician
Subcontractor for Creative Designs in Lighting; Phoenix, AZ.
residential and commercial lighting design.

(2010 – 2013) Technician
AVAI Ventures; Phoenix, AZ.

(2008 – 2010) Lighting Technician
Creative Designs in Lighting; Phoenix, AZ.
residential and commercial lighting design.


2016   Ceramics Monthly – September, 2016; Clay Culture: GrowlerFest; written by Amanda Barr

2016   Ceramics Monthly – September, 2016; Tips and Tools: Growler Lids

2016   The Growler – July, 2016; Art and Artists

2014   Ceramics Monthly – September, 2014; Undergrad Showcase


2017   Yunomi Invitational – AKAR Gallery; Iowa City, IA

2017   Images on Clay – Victor F Keen Gallery; Las Vegas, NV

2017   NCECA Student Juried Exhibition – Oregon College of Art and Craft: Hoffman Gallery; Portland, OR

2017   Last Call 2 – Companion Gallery; Homboldt, TN

2017   Small Favors XI: Think  Inside the Box – The Clay Studio; Philadelphia, PA

2017   Twin Cups – Potter Fine Arts Gallery: Missouri Western State University; St. Joseph, MO

2017   5irst – Zoller Gallery: Pennsylvania State University; State College, PA

2017   Particularly Political: Humpday gallery; Pennsylvania State University; State College, PA

2017   Mugshot Monday – Lillstreet Art Center: Lillstreet Gallery; Chicago, IL

2016   Hand Candy: A Ceramics Lending Library – Penn State University: Patterson Gallery; State College, PA

2016   Cheers – Medalta: Yuill Family Gallery; Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

2016   Clay National XI: Intimacy of Scale – Carbondale Clay Center Gallery; Carbondale, CO

2016   The Second Annual Dirty South Mug Competition – River Oaks Square Arts Center: Bolton Davis Gallery; Alexandria, LA

2016   GrowlerFest – Lawrence Arts Center: Free State Brewing Company, NCECA 2016; Lawrence, KS

2016   Last Call – Companion Gallery; Humboldt, TN

2016   Twin Cups – Potter Fine Arts Gallery: Missouri Western State University; St. Joseph, MO

2016   Drink Me – Mariani Gallery: University of Northern Colorado; Greeley, CO

2016   2nd Biennial Wings and Water – River Arts Gallery; Prairie Du Sac, WI

2016   15th Annual ASU Ceramics Research Center Studio Tour and Exhibition – ASU Art Museum: Ceramics Research Center; Tempe, AZ

2015   GrowlerFest 2015 East – Featured Artist – Project Art Summer Gallery; Cummington, MA

2015   GrowlerFest 2015 West – Featured Artist – Eutectic Gallery; Portland, OR

2015   Graphic Clay: A Survey of Illustrated, Printed and Innovative Surfaces – Baltimore Clayworks; Baltimore, MD

2014   Seventh Annual Cup Show: Form and Function – Amelia Center Gallery; Panama City, FL

2014   Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics – Michael Seiler Studios; Zanesville, OH

2014   KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2014 – Thornhill Gallery; Kansas City, MO

2014   American Potters – For the People; Phoenix, AZ

2014   Ceramics Showcase – Art One Gallery Inc.; Scottsdale, AZ.

2013   Bound & Combined: Variable Figuration with Rose Simpson – (group) Combine Gallery; Phoenix, AZ


2015   Project Art 01026 – Short Term Resident, October 2015; Cummington, MA

2015   Mesa Arts Center – Resident Artist; Mesa, AZ

2015   Project Art 01026 – Short Term Resident, March 2015; Cummington, MA


2016   Xavier College Preparatory – Visiting Artist; Phoenix, AZ

2016   Mesa Arts Center – Artist Workshop; Mesa, AZ

2016   Phoenix College – Visiting Artist and Lecturer; Phoenix, AZ

2016   NCECA 2016 – Presenter, Blinc 20/20: GrowlerFest;  Kansas City, MO

2016   University of Iowa – Guest Artist and Lecturer; Iowa City, IA

2015   Harvard Ceramics – Guest Lecturer; Boston, MA

2015   Project Art 01026 – Guest Lecturer; Cummington, MA

2015   Arizona Clay Guild – Guest Lecturer; Phoenix, AZ

2015   Phoenix College – Visiting Artist; Phoenix, AZ

2015   Queen Creek High School – Visiting Artist; Queen Creek, AZ

2014   ASU Ceramics Research Center – Tempe Festival of the Arts event; Tempe, AZ


2016   Mesa Contemporary Art Museum; Mesa, AZ

531 Puddintown Road • State College, PA • 16801 • CELL (602)695-0224 • E-MAIL