Areas of Expertise
Ceramics, Art, wheel-thrown vessels, hand-built mechanical forms
B.S. Southern Utah University, Ceramics
M.F.A. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Ceramics
Stephen Heywood received his Bachelors of Science Degree in ceramics from Southern Utah University in 1999 and his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2002. From 2001–2003 Heywood acted as the Coordinator and instructor for the Erie Art Museum’s “Clay Space” community ceramics program in Erie Pennsylvania. He has been a visiting artist at a number of colleges and Universities. Heywood Exhibits his work extensively and had been in over 100 national juried shows and invitationals. In 2004 Heywood was selected to represent the United States in the First International, Ceramics Journal Editors Symposium, Emerging Artist exhibition, in Xian China. In 2008 Heywood participated in and won “Best in 3-D” in the Westmoreland Arts National in Westmoreland Pennsylvania.
Heywood is a member of The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and a previous board member for Florida Craftsmen. His work has been published in 500 Cups, 500 Bowls, Image Transfer on Clay and the Periodicals Clay Times and Ceramics Monthly. As an artist he is primarily interested in ceramic wheel-thrown vessels and hand-built mechanical forms that relate to function. His work is influenced by architectural structures including factories, silos and water towers. These vessels are often composed of many wheel-thrown and hand-built parts and take their shape as small “functional sculpture”. From 2003–2006 Heywood taught ceramics and design at Florida Community College at Jacksonville