Local Wisconsin clay, sculpture clay, glass, and wood
Will Hare, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
In Collaboration with Dr. Kristopher Wright, Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Flow-State is a collaboration between water specialist Dr. Kristopher Wright, and Will Hare at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. This piece was constructed using local clays, repurposed blue glass, wood, and over 150 pounds of personally made sculpture clay. Found rocks from the driftless region were used to form the rivers, lakes and valleys. The piece was covered with a local clay wash to provide depth and color. Lake Michigan clay deposits can also be found along the east boarder of the state. These local clays are captured segments of life immortalized in a ceramic sculpture, connecting the people of Wisconsin forever.
“This was such a cool experience. Melding science and art illustrates that creativity and interpretation are inherent aspects of both practices.” –Dr. Wright
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Will Hare is a student at the University of Wisconsin Platteville, getting his Bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in ceramics. After graduation he will go back to school and get his MFA and pursue his passion for teaching wherever that might be. Will focuses on creating and experimenting with various clay bodies, glazes, and firing methods, avidly searching for his own voice through constant experimentation. Find Will on Instagram @harewood_studios
ABOUT THE Water Partner
Kristopher Wright is in his 22nd year as a freshwater biologist in the Biology Department at UW-Platteville. He teaches a variety of courses from introductory to advanced lab-based classes and is one of the primary advisors for Biology Majors with an Ecology Emphasis. Kris’ research focuses on Southwest Wisconsin trout streams and the effects of restoration activities. For the past 20 years, Kris and his students have maintained research partnerships with WI DNR and the Harry and Laura Nohr Chapter of Trout Unlimited.