Hello! I’m David Swenson, please call me Swen! I am a ceramic and sound artist from Clearwater, Minnesota. I am also a ceramic instructor at various institutions around the Twin Cities area. I have been working with clay since 2002 and teaching since 2009.
Artist Statement: My work is about nostalgia and play. These pieces are meant to evoke feelings of times past, and to revere the motifs and patterns from historical decorative arts. They offer a contemporary perspective of those traditions while re-contextualizing their content. These objects are meant to embellish the home and daily practices, as well as to provide their services and entertainment.
UPSTATE MN is emerging with an aim to reflect this northern landscape through element, tone and materials. Artist made goods!
A whole lot of beauty arrived today. A very long day of work and photographing and uploading so many incredible pieces by David Swenson. I want them all. Do me a favor and head to the web and at least see them…and maybe just maybe have me send you a few to save me from taking them all home. It’s such incredible work from a super great fella.