John Brickels will be presenting a talk on February 7th at 7 PM at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts in the Cabaret Room. He will have sculptures on display and will be discussing his creative process.
He was raised in the “Rust Belt” city of Akron Ohio, and grew up to appreciate the beauty of entropy and weatherization, especially when applied to architecture. Nautical themes close by in the Great Lakes also grabbed his attention. His slab and extruded stoneware clay sculpture range from architecturally themed sculptures, life size robots, and vintage pedal car bodies refitted with ceramic mechanicals.
John has exhibited and lectured across the United States. The City of San Antonio commissioned John to create sculptures of the Spanish Missions which were presented to visiting dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth, President George H. W. Bush, and Pope John Paul II.
His work has been exhibited by the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Vermont and the Springfield Museums Group, Springfield Massachusetts. He has been featured in Ceramic Monthly magazine and Hemming’s Classic Car Magazine.