Frank Vickery has dedicated over 20 years to the exploration of the ceramic arts. While he is constantly growing in his own studio practice, he also approaches his craft with a desire to impart both the joy and understanding for the material upon those who might seek instruction. His ceramic works and instructional approach centers around the contributing education model of workshops, academia, and dedicated studio hours. Frank discovered his calling to teach when he began a career as a middle school art teacher in Rock Hill, South Carolina. His graduate work was completed at Western Carolina University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2012. Currently, Frank is the Director of Ceramics at The Bascom where he instructs artists of all ages and backgrounds in the practice of the ceramic arts. Known for the quality of his work, his dedication to the field of ceramics, and his enthusiastic ability to share his talent and knowledge with his students, Frank continues to make a lasting impact in the Western Carolina region.
"Working with clay has never been a supplemental part of my life. Rather, it is an essential component of my existence. My love for clay began as a child; becoming aware of the plentiful material beneath my feet and the endless possibilities trapped in the form of mud. Since then, the intrinsically humble material has offered me endless possibilities of imaginative exploration. As I study, practice and evolve in my work, my understanding for the possibilities of clay as a material of creation have grown far beyond the mud puddles of my youth. A part of me and the journey it took to get here exists in every piece. "