Collection: Dallas Wooten

Hackettstown, NJ

Dallas Wooten was born in Louisville, KY, and earned his BFA degree in ceramics from Indiana University Southeast (New Albany). Wooten completed his MFA from Ohio University (Athens) in 2020. Following his time at OU, Wooten was a long-term artist-in-residence at Hope Center for Arts and Technology, Inc. (Sharon, PA) and in 2022 was recognized as a Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist. Wooten founded Wooten Clayworks in 2020 which has recently opened its physical location in Hackettstown, NJ. Wooten currently teaches and curates high quality ceramic exhibitions and workshops at Wooten Clayworks. Wooten’s work explores historically utilitarian and simple forms. These pots are then adorned with process and gestural marks abstracted into status-based patterns, such as vine scroll and floral imagery. The work aims to take process and residual information left by the hand to emphasize the importance of the human mark within the context of status-informed pottery. Form and silhouette are of the utmost importance, as they serve as the canvas and frame in which these explorations take place. The pots, although functional and minimal, then serve as both objects of desire and functional vessels for consumption or display.