Clay Cunningham is continually intrigued by the wonderful material of clay. It exists in dualities of soft and hard, smooth and rough, resilient yet fragile. Exploring classical forms with modern surfaces is at the center of his work.
Clay’s artwork is inspired by a multitude of muses, but mostly just a love for hard work and constant exploration. He is not interested in making ground-breaking work that begs for attention. Instead, he is concerned with making a fine hand-crafted object that has spent hours of loving attention in his hands. Much of his work contains materials dug locally in the Loess Hills of Southwest Iowa. These pieces contain a permanent connection with the legacy of the area’s local history.