Robert Boryk was born in 1986 in Cleveland Ohio and first began working with clay as a teenager. Since then he has received a BA in Art Education and BFA from Kent State University in 2010 and his MFA in 2014 from Southern Illinois University. His work has been displayed nationally and has been part of international exhibitions. Robert currently teaches studio art at Juniata College.
I was and inquisitive kid who always wanted to know how things worked. When I found ceramics, I was introduced to a nearly infinite source of question to explore. Recently I have been wood firing which is perhaps the most serendipitous and complex forms of firing available. Each firing is a learning experience that gives me a greater understanding of how fire and clay interact within the kiln. I find the dynamic surface created thought wood firing reminiscent of stone and other geological formations. This connection has led me to look towards the natural world to find my forms. Man-made outcrops along the highway, stone markers used in Japan and the sandstone cliffs of Southern Illinois are a few of my inspirations. The resulting sculptures combine my ever enduring desire to better understand ceramics and my appreciation of the natural world.