Inspired by visits to Henry Mercer's Fonthill in Bucks County, PA, Christopher Russell began producing architectural ceramics in 1991, first for his own loft and then for private clients. His custom tile projects have been featured in the New York Times, New York Newsday, Food & Wine, and Tile and Stone. His sculptural ceramics have been exhibited at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; the Clay Center, Philadelphia, PA; and Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY. He participated in the Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Residency Program in Sheboygan, WI, and was a visiting artist at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Edgecomb, ME. Christopher Russell received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in 1983. He lives and works in New York City.
Russell’s 2011 project After the Golden Age is comprised of multiple components including fruit, birds and obelisks. The elements have historical references to European decorative arts and monuments as well as natural history. Russell is using a new glaze that mimics the feeling of stone.
In 2012, Russell completed a commission for the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Arts for Transit who selected his design proposal for the 9th Avenue Brooklyn Station. The commission included cast bronze ornamental gates and finials in the shapes of magnified, bee-covered honeycombs and flowers. The motifs of bees and birds and thistles had been carried over from his earlier ceramic work shown here in 2009 and at Wave Hill in 2008.
"After nearly 15 years of working exclusively in sculpture, in 2017 I circled back to the most fundamental of ceramic traditions, making and decorating the vessel. It has been a great pleasure. Setting aside the structure and complexity of figurative sculpture, employing a wide array of surfaces, textures and markings, and playing with the endless possibilities of form, I have produced a body of varied work that continues to grow."