Thinking in Form
Bill Macholdt's stoneware objects reflect his interest in form. His work is often monochromatic, as a means to focus the viewer's engagement with the object primarily on its form. Many of his pieces include metallic lusters, which Macholdt uses as a means to enhance the preciousness of the object.
For his exhibition at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Macholdt will show high-fire and Raku work. His work reflects his artistic influences as well as the influence of his work in the environmental field. He cites as one of his earliest artistic influences the late Toshiko Takaezu and a chance visit he had to her studio when he was just four years old. In addition, he draws a connection between the organic forms he creates and the study of nature's ecosystems that comprise his work as an environmental consultant.
Bill Macholdt was born and raised in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science from East Stroudsbourg University and Master's Degree of Fine Arts from Bennington College in Vermont. Macholdt is employed full time as an environmental consultant and is also an adjunct professor currently teaching ceramics in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerset County, New Jersey. His ceramic work has been included in exhibitions at the Newark Museum and various other galleries throughout the region. In addition, he has been included in several group exhibitions at the Hunterdon Art Museum in the past.