Benjamin Krikava

 

Benjamin Krikava

Benjamin Krikava

Artist Statement: The majority of the work that I do is wheel-thrown stoneware and porcelain dinnerware.  Following the Japanese folk tradition I try to strike the perfect balance between form and function, with the ultimate goal that the piece is used daily in your home.  When I think of my work I see myself as giving birth to each individual piece, but the life of the work is created by the relationship between the pot and the buyer.  Many people have spoken with me about the comfort that a coffee mug brings them each morning, the style or aesthetic that a platter brings to dinner parties, or how a certain bowl I’ve made is a must when eating soup, curry, or chili.  That is the ultimate compliment to my work.  I want the piece to be used and given a role in your home, not sitting on a mantle merely to be observed and dusted.  It may be a strange thing to say, but I want the piece to be used over and over until it breaks, not because I want to sell you another pot, but because I think the life cycle of pottery is what attracts people to clay art.  The daily coffee mug that breaks and is missed can compliment the mug that you’ve owned for 20 years and still survives.  The small cup that you drank whiskey out of during college can be held and contemplated while drinking from it in your old age.  Indeed, we ourselves have been molded from the earth, I think that says much about our attraction to clay.

Benjamin Krikave, stoneware, ceramics, uptown clay, art gallery, whittier, Lyndale, art gallery, artist studio

Benjamin Krikava, reduction fired stoneware, 2015

Biography:
Benjamin studied ceramic arts at the University of Minnesota under Mark Pharis, Tom Lane, and Curtis Hoard from 1996-2000.  Following graduation Benjamin apprenticed with Peter Leach at his St. Paul studio for several years until moving to Fire on the Greenway studio in Minneapolis in 2005.  In 2007 Benjamin became a nationally registered paramedic and currently works in the Minneapolis area.  He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.
Benjamin Krikava, Blue cups, 2013, reduction fired stoneware
Benjamin Krikava, blue cups, 2013, reduction fired stoneware

See more of Benjamin’s work here on MNartists.org

Benjamin Krikava, stoneware pieces, 2013, reduction fired stoneware
Benjamin Krikava, stoneware pieces, 2013, reduction fired stoneware
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Benjamin Krikava, Reduction high fired stoneware dinnerware pieces, 2015

Benjamin Krikava, Pottery, ceramics, Uptown Clay, Stoneware, made to order pottery, custom made pottery,

Benjamin Krikava, Reduction high Fired stoneware dinnerware set, 2015

Benjamin Krikava, Pottery, ceramics, Uptown Clay, Stoneware, made to order pottery, custom made pottery,

Benjamin Krikava, Reduction high fired stoneware dinnerware glazes, 2015

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