I grew up in Vermont’s countryside off the grid on an organic vegetable farm absorbed in science fiction and fantasy. I first encountered clay during my undergraduate studies which began at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. I completed my ceramics BFA in 2001 after transferring to Maine College of Art. After a short stint as a production potter I worked out of my studio for six years and attended residencies at Medalta (Alberta, Canada), Haystack, Domaine du Boisbuchet (Lessac, France), and Watershed. This year I graduated with an MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design and now live in Rumford, RI with my wife and son. I am currently the Artist in Residence at Arch Contemporary in Tiverton, R.I. and an employee at Gleena in Pawtucket. In September I will be the Visiting Artist at Albion College in Michigan and will then begin a long term residency at Worcester Center for Crafts in November in Massachusetts.
In my work I hope to offer my viewers a moment of reprieve from their hectic existences and allow them a chance to reflect and meditate. I grew up living a self-subsistence lifestyle off the grid in the county side of Vermont on a vegetable farm. As a child, the culture shock I experienced moving between my home and the post-industrial computer age awakening in New England was alienating and overwhelming. In response, I use my work to create and illustrate balance.
I design using a language of the wheel, speaking a dialect of circles, cylinders, and curves which converge into compositions of peaceful monumentality. The space between elements and the relationships of differing proportions generate balance and clarity. I have recently expanded this dialogue, introducing other processes and materials yet wheel throwing remains the foundation. As a result, material and process are elevated within the overall meaning when in conversation with contrasting methods and substances. In my most recent work I explored Brutalist architecture, urban and industrial decay, and the utopian/dystopian concepts presented in Science Fiction and used these themes to express an environment of peaceful monumentality. I hope to reflect on these ideas and fully evolve my designs into a mature body of work and apply them to functional pieces. My work can be seen in Tiverton, Rhode Island at Arch Contemporary Ceramics and online at www.joshuaprimmer.com, on Facebook, and on instagram.com/joshuaprimmer.