Brad Curtsinger is a studio potter with a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Louisville in Kentucky with an emphasis on ceramics. As a college student, he was awarded the lab assistantship to both Tom and Ginny Marsh, heads of the ceramics department at different times. He has continued his education through dozens of workshops, including workshops with John Leach, Marie Woo, Warren McKenzie, and several with Don Reitz. He worked at both Ford Motor Company plants in Louisville, Kentucky; after 15 years as a line worker and elected team leader, he left to run his own business, Stray Dog Pottery, Inc.
His 30-year career as a ceramic artist has earned him many one man shows, including a solo exhibit at the Yellow House Gallery in Fort Worth Texas. Over the years, he has been a regular exhibitor in juried art shows, including the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, the Butchertown Art Fair in Louisville, and Art in Speed Park and Art on the Parish Green in Indiana. He is a juried member of the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) and has exhibited in KMAC’s Hollidazzle Shows. He is also a multiple grant recipient, including one from the Kentucky Clay Conference for his performance art piece entitled “Native Tales.” Brad was part of the American Festival for the Arts grant-funded multimedia performance art piece entitled “Earth Dance.” Throughout the years, he has been awarded multiple ribbons in the fine arts ceramics division of the Kentucky State Fair. This includes several blue ribbons first premium awards as well as the distinguished purchase award.
Brad was part of the Maker’s Mark 2009 “Mark of Great Art,” a juried exhibit; his work from that show are now on permanent exhibit in London, England. His work is in private collections all over the world, from Italy to South Korea. Brad’s work over the years has been a result of extensive exploration with wood firing.
As an educator, Brad has taught art and ceramics to children and adults of all abilities. He was program coordinator and creative mentor for an art-centered day program for disabled adults. He managed an art gallery dedicated to the work of disabled adults. He has over 25 years’ experience working with therapists in developing adaptive art projects, texture boards, and quiet rooms. His biggest inspiration to work with disabled individuals was his special needs daughter, Morgan, who passed away in 2010. He has taught at the Islamic School of Louisville, the Portland Neighborhood House, and schools all over Kentucky and Central Florida.
After many years in Louisville, Kentucky, Brad has moved to sunny Florida, where he continues to teach private students and workshops. He has been an instructor of ceramics and the glaze technician at the Foosaner Art Museum at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). He was the art instructor at the Promise in Brevard Creative Arts Center. He is a member of the Strawbridge Art League. His work is for sale in representative galleries and by appointment at his studio.
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