Performance art was the catalyst for David Allyn’s career as a ceramic artist. His gigs as “Uncle Thirsty” led him to make ceramic cups, which he says led to a “more grounded” approach to his craft. Using photo decals and silkscreen printing on porcelain, Allyn creates one-of-a-kind handmade porcelain objects, filled with color and imagery. His work often reflects popular culture, and a recent series has focused on Providence buildings. Allyn is the founder of the Steel Yard’s ceramics department, where he has taught classes for over a decade. Originally from the Midwest, Allyn graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, before earning an MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has a full-time studio practice at the Nicholson File Building in Providence, and curates exhibits in his gallery at Monnohasset Mill, Thirsty’s Gallery #104.
Source: NetWorks 2015-2016 Catalogue
Video: Richard Goulis
Executive Producer: Joseph A. Chazan, M.D.
- Artist’s website: www.davidallyn.net
- Providence Initiative for Psychogeographic Studies