About The Artist
Brad Bachmeier currently serves as the Professor of Art Education at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Prior to that appointment in 2008, he served as a public school art instructor for 15 years, having the opportunity to teach in every grade from K-12 in both North Dakota and Minnesota. In 2007, Upon completion of his MFA degree in ceramics from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, his exhibit “A Ceramic Humanity” was bestowed the only Award of Distinction for Creative Exhibition ever granted at the school. In 2009, Professor Bachmeier received the prestigious bi-annual ND Governor’s Award in Arts Education for his “numerous, significant and continued contributions to the state and region.”
Brad’s ceramic work is collected nationally and has been featured on HGTVs’ “That’s Clever” and Prairie Public TV’s “Prairie Mosaic”. Bachmeier has also been awarded the national NICHE award in wheel-thrown ceramics as well as the ARTBUZZ International art competition 3rd place award in ceramics and the 2016 international Art & Design Award of Excellence. Brad’s work is in numerous regional and national public and private collections including the ND Governor’s Mansion, The Microsoft Permanent Collection, The SD Museum of Art and Michelle Obama’s office in the White House.
The Sticks and Stones work is part of a larger series that investigates the physical properties and historical uses and relationships of clay as a material. As rock weathered into sand and sand became mud and clay, the surface of the world became alive. This series proudly embraces the strength of a 10,000-year-old ancient and global tradition of vessel making across cultures, borders and time. The vessel form is chosen to tell part of the story for its universal accessibility, timelessness and symbolic power. Reference to rock as parent material, archeological ceramic artifacts, and cultural decorative patterns all reinforce the universal significance of pottery as a meaningful discipline.