B.A., Drury College
M.A., University of Missouri
M.F.A., Southern Illinois University
Randy Edmonson is an award-winning artist whose paintings and ceramic work have been widely exhibited in over 100 juried, invitational and one-man exhibitions in the United States, Germany, Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Italy. His work has appeared in Ceramics Monthly, the New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Ceramic Art Monthly (Korea), The Korea Times (Washington, D.C.),The Art of Contemporary American Pottery , 500 Bowls and 500 Plates, Platters and Chargers. His 2004 article "Living the Dream" appeared in Studio Potter Network News. Edmonson has paintings or ceramics included in the permanent collections of several museums as well as corporate and private collections. He has been the recipient of an Artist Grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and has conducted workshops at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a number of schools and art centers.
For three summers (1994, 1995, 1997) Edmonson served as a ceramics consultant for the Near East Foundation in Morocco, helping to develop ceramic stove liners that would reduce health hazards and increase fuel efficiency when used in rural Moroccan homes.
A native of Washington, D.C., he received a B.A. degree from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, a M.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Edmonson currently maintains a studio in Prince Edward County, Virginia.
"Sometimes I make sculpture and sometimes I make pottery. My pots are traditional wheel-thrown shapes that may include such surface treatments as slips, incising and inclusions. Some are glazed while others are not. I hope each surface will be receptive to the flame and ash of the firing.
My sculptural work refers to pottery and is influenced by the contrast and juxtaposition of man-made forms against the natural forms and textures of the landscape. I work thrown and hand built shapes into compositions I feel have a visual and emotional impact. The forms, frozen by fire, speak of time and transformation not only in the landscape but in our own lives as well. The process and the product become my contemporary connection to a vital ceramic tradition."