Timothy Langholz
 American Studio Art Pottery                                                                            About
charger vase teapot box bottle pitcher jar banner

Artist's Statement


    I was taught to coax that small ball of mud into the first shape; the dog dish.  The flower pot and mug followed.  I shaped hundreds of thousands of those mugs for the factory.  I've traveled the Midwest United States, working for, and learning from, the older regional Studio Art Potters.  Beautiful, curvy, lady vases.  Some with big heads.  Dark angels and black Marys.  Swimsuit models.  Navigational aids.  Bowls, Bowls. Bowls.  Big bottles, and little bottles, and all the bottles in between.  More mugs. Plates and platters.  Vases and jars, and even more mugs.  I work mostly on my own pots now.

    I throw crisp, traditional, functional forms.  My decoration is applied when the pots are leather hard, by hand carving lines and textures, and painting with slip clay, tinted with metal oxides.  The pots are bisque fired, glazed, and fired a second time to stoneware temperature.


    I enjoy the message of the decoration most.  On a small cup or bowl, the message must be short and to the point.  A simple band, or some little squares.  A large vase might require the story of creation.  With a strong math background, many of my decorations tend to be very geometric.  I feel the human image to be the most interesting and satisfying to use as the basis for my compositions.  These images help to continue to ask, "who are we?"
Tim with a really big vase!
on polar bear  cardboard production  310 center
mugs for the factory
Education

     Luther College, Decorah, Ia.  B.A.  1987
     University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Ak.
     University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Ia.
     South Bear School, Decorah, Ia. 1986
     Central Waterloo High School, Waterloo, Ia. 1983

Work Experience

     Langholz Pottery, Decorah, Ia. (Burr Oak) 1993-present
     Canoe Creek Pottery, Decorah, Ia.(Rural) 1990-1993
     Contract Studio Potter  - Midwest U.S.
        Clay Bay Pottery, Ellison Bay, Wi.
        What Cheer Potters, Kate & Jerry Huffman, What Cheer, Ia.
        Mary Deneen/Martha Winter Studios, St. Paul, Mn.
     Production Potter, Cloth & Clay Inc., St. Paul, Mn.
     Thrower for Hire, Dean Schwarz Pottery, Decorah, Ia.
     Production Potter, Red Wing Pottery, Red Wing, Mn.
     General Manager, Heritage Designs Pottery   Hayward, Mn.
     Production Potter, Heritage Designs Pottery, Hayward, Mn.
     Production Potter, Deneen - Coiner Pottery, St. Paul, Mn.
     Mold Maker, Deneen - Coiner Pottery, St. Paul, Mn.
     Community of Artists, South Bear School, Decorah, Ia.
     Volunteer Laborer, Dean Schwarz Pottery, Decorah, Ia.
     Lab Technician, Museum of the North, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
     Lab Assistant, Luther College Ceramics Dept., Decorah, Ia.


lunch at south bear

throwing in morocco

Collections

     Continental Clay Co., Minneapolis, Mn.
     University of Iowa, Museum of Art,  Iowa City, Ia.
     Terrace Hill, Iowa Governor's Residence, Des Moines, Ia.
     Amoco Corporation, Chicago, Il.
     University of Alaska-Fairbanks,  Fairbanks, Ak.
     University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wi.
     South Bear School, Decorah, Ia.

Exhibitions

     Seasons on St. Croix, 2 person, Hudson, Wi.   2006
     Cornucopia Art Center, solo, Lanesboro, Mn.  2005
     Seasons on St. Croix, 2 person, Hudson, Wi.  2004
     Potters Who Paint, group, Luther College, Decorah, Ia.  2002
     Iowa Artisans Gallery, solo, Iowa City, Ia.   2001
     Laumeier Sculpture Park Gallery, group, St. Louis, Mo.
     Jensen Gallery, solo, Luther College, Decorah, Ia. 1987
     University of Alaska-Fairbanks, solo , Fairbanks, Ak.  1986
     M.O. Running Gallery, solo, Luther College, Decorah, Ia. 1986
     Centennial Union Gallery, 2 person, Luther College, Decorah, Ia. 1986
     M.O. Running Gallery, vigilante, Luther College, Decorah, Ia. 1986


Christie Vilsack visiting the StudioAwards

     Invitational Awards

     American Craft Festival, Lincoln Center,  New York
     Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, Ks.
     Cambridge Pottery Festival,  Cambridge, Wi.
     Art Fair on the Square, Madison, Wi.

     Best of Show

     2006 Evergreen Festival of Art, Evergreen, Co.
     2006 Bayfield Festival of Art, Bayfield, Wi.
     2005 Bayfield Festival of Art, Bayfield, Wi.
     2005 Cresco Art Festival, Cresco, Ia.
     2004 Marion Art Festival, Marion, Ia.
     2000 Edina Art Fair, Edina, Mn.

     Award of Excellence

     2003 Art Splash, Sioux City, Ia.
     2001 Artigras, Green Bay, Wi.
     1999 Laumeier Contemporary Art Fair, St. Louis, Mo.
     1999 Edina Art Fair, Edina, Mn.
     1998 Edina Art Fair, Edina, Mn.

     Award of Merit

     2001 Riverssance, Davenport, Ia.
     1998 Laumeier Contemporary Art Fair, St. Louis, Mo.
     1996 Edina Art Fair