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Graduating from Emily Carr University, Aaron Nelson moved to Chicago to establish a studio practice. After leaving Chicago he established studios in Vancouver, Victoria, and Montana and is now currently residing in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Currently Aaron is working with experimental, highly translucent soft paste porcelain that matures at an extremely low temperature. His interest in this new material, for which there are few historical precedents, grows out of a concern for the environment and reducing the carbon footprint of his practice. With his new porcelain body, he is able to marry the gesture, spontaneity and aesthetics of hand made ceramics with material a generally associated with industrial ceramics or glass.
He is intrigued by the capacity of ceramics to act as an aesthetic placeholders of style,while addressing concerns that are much more technological and global in scope.
Aaron Nelson has taught art in a variety of contexts and brought his enthusiasm and passion to many different learning situations. In addition, he has taught technical workshops on topics such as glaze chemistry, kiln building, mold making, and wheel throwing in both the US and Canada.
Presently Aaron is the Artistic Director at Medalta in Medicine Hat Alberta. This position has allowed him to develop relationships with a regional, national and international community of makers, and thus contextualize the diversity of contemporary approaches to ceramic practice.
In addition to his work as an arts administrator, consultant and technical educator, Aaron also maintains an active studio practice. Currently his studio research focuses on the intersection of digital technology and traditional ceramic practice. He recently received a Canada Council grant in order to present these investigations in an exhibition entitled Conductivity.