Norman Deesing is an award-winning sculptor and educator who specializes in both animal and human high-fire clay figures. He is known for his unusual style and attention to detail.
In 1984, Norman Deesing graduated from UC Davis with an undergraduate degree in Fine Art methods, including ceramics. At Davis, he studied under famous artists such as Robert Arneson for ceramics, and Wayne Thiebaud for painting. Deesing is currently employed as a ceramic sculpture teacher at the high school level.
“I am exploring the way textures work together with clay. It turns out that combining textures and various clay types and colors with the human form is quite visually appealing”, says Deesing. Much of his ceramic work reflects upon the human state, natural disasters, and current world affairs. Deesing recently began showing his work publicly at Idyllwild Art Alliance events.
Artist’s Statement: About the Work
My sculptures are created as a way to visualize important world issues. The human figure is used as a universal symbol that connects us all. With that connection made, I hope to first create a sense of empathy, then hold the viewer long enough to stimulate thought and wonder. My environmental statements are subtle and require time to digest; but, once one goes beyond the obvious aesthetics of each piece, important issues of our times slowly emerge. For example, my sculpture titled: “Global Warming” seems to be a humorous exaggeration of the desire to look cool (by wearing sunglasses). In fact, my intent is to visualize the idea that the people of the earth cannot develop a permeable shield large enough to protect our species from the cumulative effects of heat retention from our sun.
I am making sculptures for a variety of tastes – sculptures that will appeal to a large audience; sculptures that make a connection to a variety of intellects. Sculpture is my way of making people aware of important planetary issues.