Andy Bissonette holds a BFA in graphic design from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. He began making pottery at the age of 17 and has melded his two passions into a style that emphasizes form, shape, texture, and pattern. He is currently experimenting with raku firing, a process in which work is removed from the kiln red hot and subjected to post-firing reduction (or smoking), blackening the raw clay and causing crazing/cracking in glazed surfaces. Functional or otherwise, Bissonette is interested in creating surfaces that are rich in texture but also subtly beautiful in their simplicity. He works with limited colors, choosing to emphasize form through carving. He believes juxtaposing simple, yet elegant, forms and complex patterns creates a dynamic that is approachable, while still maintaining an aura of mystery. He says the complexity of his pieces can only be realized through intimate interaction. His goal is to draw the viewer into the piece with its classical elegance and continue to engage them with the intricacy of the surface.
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