During my forty years as a consulting civil engineer, designing buildings and outdoor spaces never allowed me the time I needed to develop my artistic side. My retirement from consulting gave me a chance to explore my artistic creativity and craftsmanship. Ceramics provided me a great outlet, blending creative design and the manual dexterity needed to execute an artistic work. Not only is ceramics a manual art, but there is also the brain teasing chemistry required to formulate a well-fitting, pleasing glaze. To better arm myself for my second career after retirement, I decided to return to school and earn a Master of Arts degree, specializing in ceramics, from Kean University.
The works I present here combine my love of painting with making clay tiles and integrate my former life as a design engineer in the construction field in developing a series of ceramic models of various pieces of construction equipment. The pictures in the clay tiles are from photos or sketches I made on location. The two whimsical vehicles allowed me to have fun with my clay. I challenged myself with the three construction vehicles by making sure each piece has some elements that move. Much of the fun of making these vehicles derives from the ability to make them look like other materials, i.e., the wood slats composing the cable spools on the mechanical shovel, or the wood poles on the shovel or dump truck, or the rubber tires on the front end loader.
Philip is a retired civil engineer living in Bradley Beach. He grew up in East Orange, NJ. He attended St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, The University of Detroit in Detroit, MI and MIT in Cambridge, MA. Philip served in The Army in Ft. Huachuca, AZ and Viet Nam. After a 40 year career in engineering he returned to school and obtained a master of art degree from Kean University in Union, NJ.