When he discovered the small art workshop at his boarding school on Catalina Island at the age of 14, Heath Krieger also discovered his life-long pursuit. In 1968, when he was 20 years old, Krieger opened his first gallery, a nook of a studio in Solana Beach, California. Ten years later, Heath relocated to Prescott, Arizona, where he still lives today.
Krieger approaches the notion of art from multiple angles. Although ceramics occupies a primary position in his working life, he also teaches jazz improvisation. Heath’s musical relationship with art ultimately compliments his relation with ceramics; for him “art” is always insubstantial outside of the activities in which it is produced.
Moreover, art is a creative process of doing, and it utilizes the most practiced skills as well as consistent experimentation. Thus, the broad range of his artistic capabilities and the multiplicity of styles in ceramics, specifically, but also implied by the nature of jazz music, reflect an even broader conception of art that encompasses and permeates Heath’s life.
Cathy married into this lifestyle in the 1980s, contributing her art in the form of bronzes and painting, as well as clay. Her textured platters are her contribution to this body of work.
Heath’s sculptures reflect variations on the vocabulary of shapes in his pottery. Foe example, the shape of an oval lamp becomes the chest of the kachina, and the shapes that are not possible in fired clay are realized in commissioned bronzes. Furthermore, steel offers a large format potential for maquets done in clay and their forms are further enhanced through the various textures that are possible for steel surfaces.