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Ryan LaBar

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Great Falls Montana

Birth year

Lives in
Joseph Oregon

Works in
Joseph Oregon

exhibition/performance, sculpture, conceptual, abstract, research mixed-media performance painting drawing, gallery installation modern photography


As manufacturer and creator, I fabricate parts: I wheel-throw clay to make columns, tubes, bands, rings, and capsules. I extrude clay to make rods, pillars, and beams, and I compress clay to make floors and walls. As architect and engineer I assemble the parts into structural systems and then I place the precarious constructs in a kiln. Acting as geologic time compressed, the kiln conducts the melt and movement of clay and glaze, composing the final system.

The clay parts subjected to heat deform as the material softens. Gravity and tension exert themselves, causing the system to undergo a domino effect best described as a cascading failure. This term is used to describe failed systems where the failure of one part triggers the failure of successive parts. As the heat progresses, the movement quiets, and the system of parts become a rested whole.

The final piece captures the motion and tension of the integrated clay parts. The elements of the system appear suspended in space or compressed by the weight of another. Cool blue celadon bands twist around soft white porcelain rings as brown stoneware rods, once rigid, bend and weave their way throughout.

These systems are studies in causality. I view the system before and after the firing and develop a set of deterministic means that affected the final system. Each piece’s effects inform the next piece's cause. Currently I am working with internal and external support devices that direct and aid the system’s integration within the kiln at high heat. With these support mechanisms I can begin to guide the resulting composition with greater clarity. I can begin to incorporate quite zones of empty spaces and visual paths that unite the overall form.

The integrated forms are complex mixtures, busy and balanced at times. Others seem piled and chaotic. These systems are metaphors for our times, our bodies, and our philosophies. Time ages all things. It softens hard edges and moves material to alternative states of rest. Not only does time test form, it tests ideas. Some become foundations for future breakthroughs as others fall into oblivion. My process is the concept. My ideas are subject to the same cascading failure as are my forms.


2007-2010    MFA  University of  Nebraska-Lincoln
2005             Post Baccalaureate studies at NYSCC @ Alfred University
1998             B.S. Biology, Art and Chemistry minors @ Gonzaga University

Artist Resident

2012 (Jan-Mar)  Gaya Ceramic Arts Center, Ubud, Bali

2011 (Dec) Da Wang Culture Highland, Shenzhen, China

2009 (July-Aug) LH Project, Joseph OR 

2006-2007 (Sept-Aug) LH Project, Joseph OR
2004 (May-Dec) Archie Bray Foundation, Helena OR
2008 (June-Aug) Enrique Martinez Celaya,, Santa Monica CA
2006 (July-Aug) Haystack, Deer Isle MN
2006 (July & Aug) Kohler, Kohler WI
2006 (Jan-May)  Professor assistant MSU, Bozeman MT
2005 (March-May) Penland Spring Concentration, Penland NC
2004 (June) Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT
2006 (May-June) Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT
2005 (June-Aug)  Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT
2006 (Oct)  Guest lecturer, University of Idaho, Moscow ID
2004 (Sept-Dec) Community classes, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT
2002-2003  Community classes, Paris Gibson Museum of Art, Great Falls MT



The June Galery, Helena MT

2008, 2011
The Art Spirit, Couer d’Alene ID
The Clay Studio, Missoula MT
NAU Wood fire exhibit, Flagstaff AZ
Archie Bray Silent Auction, Helena MT
Mad Hatter’s Teapot Show, Portland OR
Strictly Functional, Lancaster PA
Spring and Teatime:  Trinitas Gallery, Great Falls MT
30/30 Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago IL
Archie Bray Silent Auction, Helena MT
Archie Bray Holiday shows:  Helena, Billings, and Bozeman MT
Archie Bray Summer Exhibit, Helena MT
Pitcher This:  Artworks Gallery, Bozeman MT
Strictly Functional, Lancaster PA
Just Bowls:  Artworks Gallery, Bozeman MT
Teapot Invitational:  C.M.Russell Museum, Great Falls MT
Clay and Glass Exhibition:  Trinitas Gallery, Great Falls MT
Solo Show:  Gallery 16, Great Falls MT

Recent Exhibits

Ryan LaBar participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2014 Flow
Milwaukee Art Museum
Jan, 2013 2013 NCECA Biennial
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Jun, 2011 The Genuine Article
June gallery

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