"carrés encadrés" dans l'amphithéâtre de la Fondation Camargo
Cassis, France, 2010
Brian Molanphy makes pots because they are empty. They propose less to the beholder and may demand more (to be filled). A double-walled vessel may appear on the outside to have the potential to contain a lot. If the containing space is limited to the volume provided by the smaller inner wall, however, then the vessel is just full of itself. This can be a surprising, absurd, & beautiful thing.
A European bicycle tour introduced Brian to wood-fired ceramics & wood-oven-baked bread. He studied pots & pastry until a Pennsylvania State University Fellowship put pastry on the back burner. A Fulbright Fellowship at the National Manufactory of Sevres, France, led to exhibitions in Pennsylvania & in New Mexico. A Visiting Artist residency at Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Canada, afforded him the time to complete two exhibitions for the Robert Nichols Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. He returned to France as a Fellow of the Camargo Foundation in Cassis (pictured) & as a Fellow of the Brown Foundation in Ménerbes, which led to several exhibitions in France. Brian teaches ceramics at Southern Methodist University.