Robert Dixon

Associate Professor Emeritus of Visual Art

Art by Robert Dixon

Bob Dixon’s work uses traditional construction and finishing methods to create a strong formal power of the work.  This is due to the use of tradition as balanced against more original concepts.  A balance between structure and spontaneity, the works are organic and free flowing with sculptural lines.  The dualities of past and present are revealed in a re-interpretation of traditional ceramics.

After 31/2 years in the Air Force, Bob returned to school and received his M.F.A. in 1975 from Illinois State University.  He began teaching here in 1976 and retired  in 2002 to pursue his career in ceramics.  Bob’s work has been published in books and periodicals, here and abroad, and his work shown throughout the U.S., with collections also in China, India, and Japan.  He has exhibited his work throughout China, with a one person exhibition in Qingdao, China, and has won Best of Show in the National Vase competition. Invited to four International wood-burning conferences in China, Bob continues to work on wood-fired related ceramics and Shino glaze research. He continues to do workshops and exhibit his work, as well as enjoy his retirement and travel.