Saying Goodbye

Visiting Instructor Brad McLemore will be leaving the Department of Art & Art History at the end of the semester.  Chair Brian Kreydatus recently interviwed Brad about his time at William and Mary.

Interview with Brad McLemore

Brad McLemoreBK: What initially drew you art?

BM: I enjoyed cooking since I was in my teens; and I always did a lot of drawing, painting and crafts in school. I started looking with more interest at pottery as something of handmade beauty that was for everyday use and particularly for the service of food or drink. I took a pottery class from a studio potter in my early 20's, took to it immediately and have never lost interest in exploring the craft and the artistic possibilities.  


Brad McLemore, Raft on Ochre

BK: What are you working on currently?

BM: I still make many pottery forms for utilitarian purpose; but I'm also making sculptural forms abstracted from mechanical devices, considering the formal relationships imbedded in tools and objects of industrial design. I'm interested in expressing the tactile and stone-like characteristics particular to clay and the ceramic process in vaguely purposeful objects, the particular utility of which might be just beyond understanding.    


Brad McLemore, Split Pump

 

 

BK: Tell us about your teaching experiences at William and Mary.

BM: I have always been generally impressed by the academic rigor and capabilities of most of the students that I have encountered at W&M. The most gratifying experience for me as an art teacher is having a student take the techniques that I have demonstrated and the clues imbedded in the project objective, commit the time to explore the boundaries of the material and their will, and come back with a visually engaging solution that I did not predict. There have always been students in each class to provide that commitment. I would also like to give a shout out to the fantastically talented and clever theatre students and faculty that welcomed me to participate with them in the production of Damn Yankees-a scary and life-affirming experience.


BK: What are your future plans?

BM: I intend to work as a studio ceramic artist, while also pursuing further opportunities to teach my craft. I have also considered that, like Williamsburg, most communities could use more taco wagons, so I may look closer at that endeavor.