Fred Wiesener creates one of a kind art deco inspired ceramic sculptures reminiscent of the graceful fashion design of the 1920's. Fred has been working as a ceramic artist for 50 years and his work is in collections around the world. He is also the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Niche Award for clay.
Fred Wiesener's inspiration for his clay ladies came from his grandfather, who came over to America from Germany in the late 1800's. He was educated to be a civil engineer, but his passion was design, drawing and painting illustrations. One of the first jobs that he held in America was in New York City designing and illustrating fashions for the Delineator magazine, a forerunner of Harper's Bazaar.
He continued to draw and paint all of his life, depicting his sophisticated "ladies" in relationships with their families, friends and lovers.
Fred has tried to incorporate these same concepts and themes in his clay work by using pure curves, strong primary design and with the exact subtle color relationships used by the fashion industry around 1908 -1910.
He received his MFA in Ceramics from Syracuse University, New York, NY in 1971 and a BA in Art from Henderson State University, Arkansas, 1969.
Fred says "The running theme behind all of my work is that of using light, space, calligraphic forms and reversible figure-ground relationships to create visual tensions. To achieve this I try to make the plane of space that determines a specific edge against my forms just as important to the viewer as the figures themselves."
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