Patz Fowle: Background
Patz Fowle Background:
Patricia was born in the South in the 1950’s. In her early years she was educated in public schools in Detroit, Michigan where teachers encouraged her creative abilities. Although her family would experience difficult times she always had her love of art as a positive strength growing up. In 1970 while Patz (nick-name) attended a rural high school she realized a genuine passion for working in clay and intuitively figured out a straightforward technique for making quirky, clay animals. As Patz continued to develop her hand-building skills she shared her unique process with others in the classroom. As a young adult she began her career working in the field of graphic arts. After marrying Mike Fowle, the two began their life-long journey and began a family. Still fascinated with all things clay, she and her husband, Mike, took traditional, wheel-thrown ceramic courses and glaze-chemistry/calculation under the direction of Master Potter, Yosuke Haruta. Both of the Fowle’s excelled at wheel thrown pottery, but soon Patz returned to her unique method for handbuilding and refined her techniques...even further.
In 1980 the diverse range of contemporary art created in New York was extremely exciting to the adventurous Fowle’s, so they and their young daughter moved from Michigan to Long Island, New York so they could explore the art world first-hand. While Mike was busy in construction Patz designed unique ceramic jewelry for New York City fashion designers and began creating upright-standing “animals with attitude” sculptures for art galleries in the city.
In 1981 Patz Fowle’s anthropomorphic, clay sculptures were becoming recognized in a big way in her first major art exhibition at the International Exposition of Emerging Visual Artist, New Artist at Madison Square Gardens in New York City.
1982, Fowle continued art studies at Parsons School of Design/Adelphi University, NY. (Focus of study: Illustration)
1983 Patz provided St. Lawrence University Fine Arts students summer internships in her private studio on Long Island, New York.
1980-1989 Fowle’s ceramic sculptures were exhibited in scores of prestigious exhibitions and received many awards. Each summer in the mid through late 80’s the Fowle’s would travel to Charlotte NC where Patz would exhibit and sell her work at the prominent arts festival Springfest. Following the event, she would visit family members living in South Carolina. In the summer of 1989 the three Fowle’s relocated to SC to be closer to family. She continued to create award-winning art and exhibited in local, national and international competitions and exhibitions.
* 1993 Patz Fowle was a Featured Artist on PBS, in a documentary series on SCETV. Palmetto Places highlighted people and places in South Carolina.
* 1995 the South Carolina Arts Commission approved Fowle to teach Visual Arts in schools as a Teaching Artist and Artist-in-Residence.
* 1995-present the American Ceramics Society/Ceramics Monthly Magazine has featured Fowle’s sculptures in their publications numerous times.
* 1997 Fowle’s ceramic sculpture is in the hardcover book Handbuilt Ceramics by Kathy Triplett published by Lark Books.
1995-2003 Fowle was an art designer creating limited-edition sculptures for NASCAR and the International Speedway Corporation.
*1999 Jim Hunter/UMI Publications published Fowle’s “Pole-Cat” sculptures in a book on the history of NASCAR Darlington Raceway-50th Anniversary.
The Smithsonian Museum, NASCAR and the Atlanta History Center selected Fowle’s sculpture for a traveling exhibition Speed and Spirit: NASCAR in America. (The exhibit was postponed due to the 9/11 crises)
2003-06’ Patz Fowle was lead illustrator in product development for the National Education Program: Literacy First with the Professional Development Institute in Seattle, Washington and Mesa, Arizona.
*2004 Patz Process Ceramic Technique was published in the nationally distributed art textbook Beginning Sculpture by Arthur Williams / Davis Publications
2004 Fowle traveled Internationally to Italy part of a Professional Development Art Study Group visiting Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence, Tuscany and Assisi.
In the summer s of 2004, 05,12,14,15,16,17 & 18, Fowle continued studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design at the Art Educators Forum in Savannah, Ga. (Focus of studies: Drawing, Metal Fabrication/Jewelry, Illustration, Animation, Scientific Illustration, Character Design and Ceramics.)
*2005 Patz Fowle was an International Artist-in-Residence in Tokyo, Japan teaching the Patz Process Ceramic Technique at the American School in Japan. While in Japan, she and Mike stayed in a traditional Japanese home and enjoyed the people and cultures of urban and rural Japan. Excursions to the countryside included the Historic Pottery village of Mashiko where the Fowle’s researched and studied the traditional Japanese potters, potteries and kilns.
* 2006 Patz Fowle's art is published in the award-winning, contemporary sculpture book The Sculpture Reference written by renowned sculptor Arthur Williams.
* 2007 Ceramic sculpture by Fowle is notably featured in a book published by the American Ceramic Society: China Paint and Overglaze by Paul Lewing
2007 Fowle presented the Patz Process Ceramic Technique at the National Art Education Association Convention in New York City, New York.
2007,08, 09, 12, 13, 14, 15,16,17 & 2018, Patz Fowle's art is included in the South Carolina State Museum's Traveling Exhibition “Palmetto Hands”
* 2008 Patz Fowle wrote and illustrated the book “Remember When” Remember When is available on Amazon.com
2009 Fowle studied at Kansas City Art Institute / Educators ArtLab summer program in Kansas City, Missouri. (Focus of study: Metal Sculpture & Fabrication)
Summer of 2008 and 2009 Fowle studied at the Teacher Institute in Contemporary Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (Focus: Oil Painting)
*2010 Patz Fowle became a Mentor for the Teacher Institute in Contemporary Art (TICA) at the SCHOOL of the ART INSTITUTE of CHICAGO (SAIC) Chicago, IL.
2010 To inspire & chronicle South Carolina Traditions and Techniques in Clay, Fowle creates Patz Process Ceramic Technique instructional/educational DVDs & Patz Process Ceramic Technique tools.
2010 Patz Fowle was Artist-in-Residence at each public school in the Darlington County School District, Darlington, SC.
2010 & 2011 Patz Fowle was high school Studio Art instructor at Trinity Collegiate School in Darlington, SC.
* 2010 Fowle’s sculptures are explored by Courtney Lee Weida in the UK Publication ANTENNAE the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture “Meet Animal Meat”
* 2010 The American Museum of Ceramic Art adds sculpture by Contemporary American Studio Potter, Patz Fowle to their permanent collection.
* 2011 “Patz Fowle in Progress” is a book published by Black Creek Arts Council documenting Fowle’s work from the 80’s – 2011
* 2012 Brigitte Martin features Patz Fowle’s sculpture (and quotes) in her award-winning book “Humor in Craft”
*2013 Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle were commissioned to design and create a metal public art sculpture for the McLeod Family Medicine Center in Florence, SC.
*2013 Fowle's sculpture is published in Cathy Elliott's book on NASCAR History: Darlington Raceway, Too Tough to Tame
2013-present Patz Fowle is Visual Arts Coordinator at the South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics in Hartsville, SC. (Art in the Interim instructor since 1997)
*2013 Patz Fowle & Mike Fowle were commissioned by the City of Florence to design and create a large-scale, Public Art Sculpture. Big Bleu Birdnanna is located in the Cultural Arts Corridor adjacent to the Florence County Museum, SC.
*2014 and 2015 Patz Fowle received funding grants from the National Endowment for the Arts & Black Creek Arts Council to serve as Artist-in-Residence for the Arts in Education programs in the Darlington County School District.
*2015 SC Governor's School for Science & Mathematics nominated Patz Fowle for the South Carolina Art Educator of the Year Award through the South Carolina Art Education Association
*2015 Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle received the 3D People's Choice Award at ARTFIELDS Competition/Exhibition for their mixed media, art installation "Consume" Lake City, SC
2017 Patz Fowle & Mike Fowle taught Kinetic Sculpture Design at the SCAD Educator Forum summer program at Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, GA.
2018 Patz Fowle & Mike Fowle continued art studies in Portland, Oregon at Pacific Northwest College of Art/ Art Educator Summer in the Studios. (Focus of studies: Welding, Body casting, Life drawing, Illustration analog-digital, Printmaking and Digital photography.
2018 Patz Fowle & Mike Fowle taught the Patz Process Ceramic Technique and Kinetic Sculpture Design at Savannah College of Art & Design summer art program for educators, 2018 SCAD Educator Forum
* 2018 Collaborative sculptors Patz Fowle & Mike Fowle created a large-scale, contemporary, kinetic metal sculpture Upward & Onward designed to honor American Physicist and NASA Astronaut, Dr. Ronald E. McNair located at the Ronald E. McNair Life History Center, Lake City, SC. The permanent, public art sculpture was commissioned by the Lake City Creative Alliance.
While sharing an awesome life together, Patz and Mike enjoy collaborating with others in their journeys through art.