David "Swen" Swenson is a Minneapolis based ceramic and sound artist.
I use clay and sound to make most of my work. I make some ceramic work intended for daily utility. Bouncing between sculpture and pottery fairly regularly keeps me from having a hard agenda when I enter the studio to maintain a spontaneous and honest exploration.
My favorite ceramics are old pots from various parts of the world and this current body of work discusses classic ideas and motifs in a contemporary interpretation. Specifically, I’ve been looking at historical pots from Iran, Japan, China, Korea, Turkey, Norway and Morroco. In an effort to develop personal style, I have quoted painted pattern structures and design methods to adapt them to my own forms. The resulting pots are hybrid in structure and surface from these sources.
Find my resume here.