Tony Wise – Artist Biography

Tony Wise started working in clay when he was a student in Lubbock, TX. After a few years in clay there he moved to Snyder, TX where he worked under Dave Funk at Western Texas College.
This was one of the best decisions he could have made. Having a love of crafting with his hands at the time he started, it wasn’t long before the tactile fulfilment of clay and his instructors sincere passion for ceramic work led him to where he is now; making pots. After graduating with an associates of art from WTC, Tony transferred and was accepted into the arts program at Utah State University. At USU Wise broadened his ceramic horizons from bake ware and slip-casting to kiln and oven building. There was also an opportunity to spend time in China and work with ceramic artists in Jingdezhen, the porcelain capitol of the world. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Ceramics and has been traveling the last few years producing utilitarian wares. He has recently been doing residencies and making pots in Colorado and Australia.

But really, Tony likes the simple things. Good art, good beer, good food and great people. The rest falls into place from there.


2011 BFA in Ceramics – Utah State University, Logan UT
2010 Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen China International Student Exchange
2008 AA – Western Texas College, Snyder TX
2005 Diploma – Lubbock High School, Lubbock TX


2013 Fremantle Bazaar – Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle WA
2012 Toys in Babeland – Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO – Solo Exhibition
Made For Eachother – Studio 550 Art Center, Manchester NH
CMC Faculty Show – Colorado Mountain College, Aspen CO
Valley Visual – Carbondale Center for the Arts and Humanities, Carbondale CO
2011 Holiday Invitational – Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO
19th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National – Kevin Lehman’s Pottery, Lancaster PA
Atmospheric 2011 – Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO
14th Annual CCC Cup Auction – Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO
Senior BFA Exhibition – Studio 102, USU, Logan UT – Group Show
Cafecito – Cafe’ Hey, Tampa, FL
Please Touch the Art – 7th Annual Warehouse Show, Twain Tippetts Gallery, Logan UT
2010 Shared Journeys – Jingdezhen, China – Group Show
Generations – Gallery 421, Michigan City IN – Invitational
13th Annual CCC Cup Auction – Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO
NCECA Regional Juried Student Exhibition – Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe AZ – Group Exhibition
Utah State Undergraduate Show – Twain Tippetts Gallery, USU, Logan UT – Group Exhibition
2008 Walking on Eggshells – WTC, Snyder TX – Group Show
2007 Coffee Talk and Stew – Aroma’s Therapy, Lubbock TX – Solo Exhibition

Workshops and Lectures Given

2013 WorkShop Colorado Mountain College, Rifle CO
2011 Artist Lecture – Mesa State College, Grand Junction CO
2010 Workshop and Lecture – Helen DeVitt Jones Clay Studio, Lubbock TX
2008 Workshop Class – Western Texas College, Snyder TX
2007 Workshop Class – Western Texas College, Snyder TX

Teaching and Related Experience

2013- Lecturer – Central Institute of Technology, Perth, Australia
2013 Food Designer and Stylist – Mangia! Cookbook
2013- Tutor – City of Nedlands Tresillian Centre, Nedlands, Australia
2013- Resident Artist/Tutor – The Clay House, North Fremantle, Australia
2012-13 Producer/Chef/Owner – Culinary Clay
2011-12 Resident Artist/Instructor – Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale CO
2011-12 Lab Technician – Colorado Mountain College, Aspen CO
2011-13 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Honorarium
2010 Travel – Ceramics in China
2008-13 Personal Research – Ceramic and brick oven building
2008-11 Member – USU Ceramics Guild, Logan UT
2007 Lab Assistant – WTC, Snyder TX

Awards and Scholarships

2010 WVU China Scholarship – WVU
2010 Eccles Scholarship – USU
2009 Nora Eccles Harrison Scholarship – USU
2008 Phi Theta Kappa – WTC
2005-06 Art Department Scholarship – WTC

Representation and Publication

Mangia! Cookbook
Carbondale Clay Center Sales Gallery
WVU-JCI Int’l Ceramic Studio Robert P. Anderson Gallery



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