Welcome MMoCA Virtual Fair Goers!!!

July 11 &12, 2020

No Need to wear your face mask while learning about my craft and shopping! Thank you for your interest in my work!
Be blessed!



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Artist Statement

My main work is wheel thrown 3-6 ft. tall ceramic vessels, and they are fired in a large kiln up to 2350 degrees Fahrenheit. My art allows me to express the world and beauty that I see around me. Crafting works on a larger scale creates a fuller surface to carve into, which allows for more designs and more creativity than I might find on a smaller piece. Oftentimes the images and designs carved into the vessel will be assimilated with the sculptures that I mount on top of the vessel, creating a seamless work that connects naturally. Living in a rural area certainly impacts my subject matter, as the serenity of working in a studio in Northern Michigan allows for a close interaction with the pastoral. Clay is derived from the earth, so there is a natural expression of nature themes—a bond between the earth and the rest of nature, trees, birds, fish, and other animals. In addition, my Japanese heritage informs my work as I experiment with traditional Kimono motifs and Japanese aesthetics. I am a second generation potter and have been working in clay for over 20 years. I live in Charlevoix, Michigan with my wife Mary Grace and sons Owen, Noah, and Levi.

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As part of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Virtual Art Fair, which is held July 11 & 12, 2020, I am showcasing my large scale work under special circumstances. With the art show season being cancelled, I am grateful to MMoCA for giving us artists an opportunity to promote our work through their network of connections.

I am pleased to offer FREE delivery to the Madison area for any of my large scale ceramics, with delivery dates scheduled in August of 2020. As a show of gratitude to supporting my work during this time I am also offering a special gift during this weekend to anyone who purchases one of my signature large scale pieces. The FREE gift is a 4 piece dinnerware place setting, which consists of 4 dinner plates, 4 salad plates, 4 dessert bowls, and 4 tumblers. A limited choice of glaze color will also be offered to the recipients.

Many thanks for your interest in my work! 

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Stay safe and may art buying make you smile!


Andrew Otis


cell: 231-459-6869

studio: 231-536-7856

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