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  • "Soup Vendor," ceramic/steel/wood, 15" x 7" x 7"
  • "Strong Man Weighing Two Full Cups," ceramic/steel/wood, 14" x 8" x 9"
  • "Man in Bird Mask," ceramic/steel, 8" x 3" x 3"
  • "Bird with Two Friends," ceramic/steel, 5.5" x 3.5" x 2.5"
  • "Whiskered Bird," ceramic/steel, 6.5" x 5" x 3"
  • "Bird with Floral Back," ceramic/steel, 4" x 4" x 2"
  • "Bird with Rocket," ceramic/steel, 4.5" x 5" x 2"
  • "Catbird," ceramic/steel, 7" x 8" x 2"
  • "Nested in the Kingbird's Tree," ceramic/steel, 14" x 9" x 2"
  • "King Bird," ceramic/steel, 7" x 4" x 3"
  • "The Journey of Brothers," ceramic/steel/wood, 19.5" x 11" x 7"
  • "The Journey of Brothers," (back), ceramic/steel/wood, 19.5" x 11" x 7"
  • "Dressed for Sailing," ceramic/steel, 27.5 x 11 x 4
  • "Man with Comfy Shoes," ceramic/steel, 20 x 7 x 4
  • "Resting in the Between-Space," ceramic/steel


Robin’s Artist Statement:
John says the process for making crow’s feet isn’t interesting or important, but he describes it in detail when I ask. He lets slip the nuances of foot building as he walks away and says, “it’s all considered-it’s all important to the final outcome.”
He brings the birds inside one by one as he finishes welding their feet. They congregate on the mantle chattering and preening. I glance up from the stories I’m reading to my girls and think that I wouldn’t mind if the birds stayed. Maybe it is because some secret part of us carves stories into the birds, so, when I peer up at them, I am surprised.
John’s Artist Statement:
I am driven to make objects I find beautiful. Instead of thinking my art into existence, I feel it into existence. Like breathing, it happens on its own until I think about it. Then it changes; something is lost.


John & Robin Gumaelius: Education and Honors

John: Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2003

Robin: Ohio State University, Masters of Fine Arts, 2000

Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1998


First Place and Honorable Mention, The Art of Surprise, Portland, OR, 2006

Third Place, Viewpoint Ceramics, CA, 2006

Merit Award, San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo, TX, 2006

Best of Show, Feats of Clay, Lincoln Arts Center, CA, 2002

Merit Award, Monarch National, San Angelo, TX, 2002

Awards: John Gumaelius

Juror’s Choice, Utah Intercollegiate Art Competition, Weber State Art Gallery, Ogden, UT, 2002

Juror’s Choice, Mayhew, Brimhall Gallery, Provo, UT, 2002

Lewis Scholarship, Provo, UT, 2002

BYU Talent Award (also 2001-2002, 2000-2001), Provo, UT, 2002

Juror’s Choice, BYU Student Talent Show, Gallery 303, Provo, UT, 2001

Betty and Paul Boshard Scholarship, Provo, UT, 2000

Juror’s Choice, BYU Student Show, Gallery 303, Provo UT, 2000

Awards: Robin Gumaelius

Edith Fergus-Gilmore Materials Grant & Scholarship, Columbus, OH, 2000

Ohio State University Fellowship, Columbus, OH, 1998

Orca Grant, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 1998

Award of Merit, Spring Salon, UT, 1997