To Hunter Teig, art is all about chemistry

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Many artists focus on the composition, light and colors in their artwork, but local ceramic artist Hunter Teig focuses on the chemistry. The process, chemistry and uses of the artwork hooked him on the medium. Teig grew up in Jackson Hole. He had never taken an art class until his senior year of high school when he was required to have an art credit to graduate. In college, first at Montana State University and then he transferred to University of Wyoming, he began taking the introductory art classes. He took 2D and 3D art, sculpture, ceramics, painting and drawing. "The first time I touched clay, I really fell in love with the process," said Teig. "Everything we use comes directly from the earth and everything is recyclable until it has been fired. There is a really interesting renewability about it." [image: Inline image 1] *Teig's Artwork. h/t Hunter Teig / Pitchengine Communities* More than the aesthetics, Teig fell in love with the process and the chemistry involved in ceramics, as well as the utilitarianism of the final product. "I am fascinated by the chemistry in ceramics. It is all chemical reactions and what happens at high temperatures," he said. "It is a really fascinating process, because we take something that is plastic and malleable and it goes through the process where it basically turns into stone." In 2013, Teig graduated form UW with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics. Since, he has been working in the ceramics studio at the Art Association and also teaches beginner throwing classes at the Art Association. At the Art Association, he is learning how to run a ceramics studio and how to make glazes from scratch. He experiments with different glaze recipes, which produce different colors on his pieces. Teig says that he isn't influenced by any type of imagery, but rather focuses on the process and experimenting with glazes. "It generally takes me two or three firings just to get an idea of how a glaze is working and then I go from there," he said. "I experiment and constantly change things up and play with the glazes as I go." Most importantly, he is drawn to the functional aspect of his art. "I am really drawn to the fact that functional art is not just something pretty sitting on a shelf or the wall, it actually has a purpose behind it," said Teig. "There is something really interesting about using a piece of art everyday to drink water out of. You get this intimate connection with something." This weekend, July 8-10, Teig will be selling his ceramic art at the Art Association's 50th Anniversary Art Fair at Miller Park. [image: Inline image 2] *Teig's Artwork. h/t Hunter Teig / Pitchengine Communities* See more of Teig's work at *Feature Photo: (Left) Hunter Teig, (Right) Three examples of Teig's Artwork. h/t Hunter Teig / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news #jhartfair