For thirty years George Woideck has been
developing a career as a prominent ceramic artist Trained as
a painter with time off to tour and record as a rock musician,
Mr. Woideck began working full time in clay in 1975. He initially
established a line of functional stoneware pottery. More recently,
Mr. Woideck has turned to creating individually-decorated works
in porcelain. Many of these new pieces are meant for wall display
and include Japanese-shaped porcelain kites and fans decorated
with colorfully airbrushed abstract and figurative designs. He
has also become well known for creating major ceramic tile murals
and mosaics installed in dozens schools and business locations
including Newton D. Baker Elementary School of the Arts in Cleveland,
the Inland Paper and Packaging Headquarters in Streetsboro Ohio
and the new Performing Arts Center at Westlake High School in
Westlake Ohio. Recently he completed a ceramic tile kitchen for
a summer home in Maine and has begun work on a fireplace and
chimney tile installation for a home in one of the Chicago suburbs.
You can see these works at artisanarchitecturalceramics.com.
When not working in his studio, George Woideck gives ceramic
workshops on new techniques to school instructors for the Teacher
Resource Center of the Cleveland Museum of Art. He completes
artist-in-residences in Northeast Ohio for Young Audiences of
Northeast Ohio and regularly curates and juries exhibitions.
George Woideck has been a member of the advisory committee of
the Arts Management Program of the Weatherhead School of Management
of Case Western Reserve University and received an award in recognition
of his work in art education by the Ohio Art Education Association.
George is a Kennedy Center Fellow in the Initiative to Develop
Effective Workshops for Teachers and has offered professional
development workshops to teachers throughout Ohio. In 2008 he
was the keynote speaker at a national architectural ceramics
conference sponsored by the Potters Council of the American Ceramics
Society. George's blog for education professional can be found at Tile, Mosaic + Clay in Schools.
Exhibited in museums and galleries in New
York, Chautauqua, Chicago and Cleveland.