Alex Anderson is an American ceramic artist, a graduate of Swarthmore College, and a Fulbright scholar. His work surrounds ideas of ephemeral beauty and decay and seeks to capture images of nature in its prime while evoking the darkness and tragedy inherent in the fact that if these forms were not frozen in clay, they would melt back into the earth, as everything does once expired.
During his undergraduate career, Anderson studied abroad in Jingdezhen, China, a ceramic mecca where porcelain was discovered and the location of many workshops that formerly produced the famed ceramic treasures of the ancient imperial court. This experience left a significant impact on his aesthetic and gave him knowledge of the traditional techniques of the region that he pairs with his training across the ceramic medium to make the elegant and conceptually grounded pieces of his present work.
In 2014 he will return to China to complete an artist residency at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.