Eric J Hoefer
Eric Hoefer is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Central Oklahoma where he teaches courses in hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramic art. While growing up in upstate New York, he developed his passion for the arts. Hoefer’s formal education in Fine Arts began at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute in Utica, New York. His artistic studies continued and he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. After graduation, he pursued post-baccalaureate studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and then spent one year working in Tom Coleman's Studio and Gallery located in Las Vegas, Nevada. He received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois and completed a one-year artist-in-residency at the Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri. Currently, Eric’s research as a ceramic artist involves creating soda and wood-fired architectonic porcelain vessels. Teaching in higher education for over 10 years has provided him with opportunities to share his knowledge with his students and individuals in his local community. He continues to exhibit his work throughout the United States.
“The timeless quality that can be found in ceramic vessels and objects drives my work; it is a strong reflection of humanity revealing our history, values and spirit. Clay is a uniquely intimate material that allows one to create through the act of touch. Its infinite possibility of abstraction and expression is inspiring. Historical ceramic iconography, modern painting, architecture, sculpture and contemporary design all merge together and inform my work.”