Callahan Foose Ceramic + Woodwork
Greeley native, Callahan Foose has found a way to capture hearts with his nature-inspired ceramics and woodwork. Having grown up as a craftsman of woodworking, Callahan happened upon ceramics to fulfill a college elective and it clicked. Originally attending school for painting, he instead decided to pursue a life as a potter.
Much like his artwork, his studio is well organized, mindful and ready to be put to good use.
“I think I’m very detail oriented, I like things to be a certain way so that tends to result in successful work. It’s also a double-edged sword because sometimes not everything can be perfect. My daily routine sort of revolves around working in the studio. On work days I try to get at least six hours in the studio doing various things. If I can throw work by the beginning of the week I tend to be able to fire work at the end of the week. In between is time spent working in the woodshop or on new ideas,” says Foose.
A tasteful and well-practiced aesthetic is displayed in his pieces. While the overall designs are minimalistic, sharp directionality is created by the bold horizontal lines and reinforced by color choice. The overall effect is a warming one, with the ability to put any viewer at peace. Functionality plays a crucial role for creating these type of usable wares.
Foose says, “I think there’s something special about making something for someone to actually put to use. I love creating something that is still art and is unique and beautiful but also has a purpose.”
His works uphold a natural quality and structure. Surfaces are charmingly tranquil. Some cups look so creamy smooth you want to drink them up. He explains the process of achieving this surface.
“Right now I’m really into super smooth surfaces. My ceramics rely on a lot of raw surfaces so I tend to do quite a bit of sanding and smoothing before they are complete. In my woodwork, I am also really into sanding down surfaces to a buttery smoothness. However, I am also getting into mixing rough handcut and facets with the smooth surfaces.”
Admittedly, he is a trial and error type of artist. I believe this is a trait found in many successful artisans.
On Instagram he has begun to intertwine the two mediums at a foundational level. Constructing wooden panels to accompany ceramic coffee mugs and accessories.
“I think the two materials work really well together in a lot of ways! I grew up learning the basics of woodworking so I’ve always had interest in it and I’ve sort of started to build off of that and create work that fits my brand.“
He insists the wood maintains a natural shape. The inclusion of this natural flow functions as an enhancement to his ceramic work. While he is unwilling to comment on where he thinks he will be in the next five to ten years with his art, as he prefers to live in the present; I am sure we can expect much more serenity and functionality from his art for years to come.