M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
COURSES TAUGHT AT SANTA MONICA COLLEGE:
Ceramics, all levels
Art 52 a, b, c,
Independent Studies, Art 88a
Franklyn Phillipss primary artistic medium is ceramics where he has continued to redefine himself for the past fifty years as a professional studio artist, ceramic sculptor and ceramic painter. His earlier large scale sculptures were influenced by previous undergraduate studies in Biology and Comparative Anatomy while later ceramic paintings and sculptures evolved as expressions of his growing involvement with the mysteries of meditation, metamorphosis and the hidden drama of nature while stylistically exploring the fringes of indeterminate reality. Technical experimentation endures throughout all his work and teaching.
Over the past thirty one years he has taught Ceramics and Ceramics Sculpture at L.A. Pierce College, Mission College, Cerritos College, and Otis Art Institute. In 2006, Phillips was appointed head of the Ceramics Department at Santa Monica College.
His work in Ceramics has taken him to an apprenticeship in Spain, a factory in Southern Sweden, a workshop in Sifnos, Greece and more recently, Southwestern Costa Rica at the tip of the Osa Peninsula, where he designed and built three homes and a Ceramic Art studio, around which he is currently offering "Sustainable" Ceramics workshops every January.
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