Design + Anarchy


Instructors: Ben Medansky and Earl Elowsky

CERAMICS, 3 credits

Offered in Ox-Bow's ceramics studio, Design + Anarchy creates an environment for thoughtful construction with irreverent intent. Instructors will guide students through technical ceramic exercises, like throwing and hand building, with the objective to create functional work with rowdy purposes. Experimentation, play and iteration will be dominant strategies. Instructors will also lead discussions about how to practically engage with a design market and how studio thinking and production relate. Previous work with clay is preferred.


Ben Medansky’s desire to make forms was forged by the bright blue skies and soaring mineral formations of his home state of Arizona where, since the age of 14, he served as a glassblower’s apprentice. Medansky’s practice was further informed by his studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he experimented in a variety of mediums from fibers to furniture design leading up to his work with clay. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2010, Medansky worked under a number of prominent artists until, at the age of 24, he began Ben Medansky Ceramics. Inspired by brutalist, motifs of technology and space exploration, Medansky’s Sculptural Objects, limited run daily wares and Instruments of Peace are collected worldwide and sought after by such clients as Herman Miller, Kelly Wearstler, and Bergdorf Goodman. Medansky continues investigate aesthetics employed by the mechanical world in his latest body of work.

Earl Elowsky is an artist working in Detroit, Michigan. Utilizing a broad range of media, he makes work heavily influenced by his experience growing up in a small, rural town in Northeast Michigan. He earned a BFA from Alma College (Michigan) in 2009 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2013. He recently had a solo exhibition with Faber & Faber, Chicago, and participated in the screening mid.east/mid.west at Aspect/Ratio Gallery, Chicago.

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