Robert Anthony left a 10-year career in corporate marketing to pursue his passion for ceramics, photography and design technology. He is studying at the Carter Art Center on the MCC-Penn Valley campus.
His work is currently featured in C-File, a nationally renowned online magazine that focuses on contemporary ceramic art and design. The featured sculptures were completed in MCC instructor Bernadette Torres’ Ceramics II class last semester.
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His ceramics work has also been recently published by Zhen Porcelain, a website that features contemporary ceramic art and design. He was also an award winner at the student art show at MCC’s Carter Art Center Gallery.
“The amazing art department and staff (at MCC) is simply amazing,” Anthony says. “Without the top-notch instruction from Bernadette Esperanza Torres, none of this would have happened. I was actually ready to quit ceramics after my second class, and her advice inspired my to stay and flourish.”
Anthony considers himself a romanticist in the digital age, striving to combine classical art forms with new technology. He is working on his portfolio and exhibits to apply to a bachelor of fine arts program in ceramics and photography.
“My work is a conversation with duality, good v. evil and light v. dark, and my struggle to find balance. It is inspired by romanticism. Each piece draws from my intense emotions of sadness, bliss, isolation, and desire in an attempt to connect with a world in which I see myself as a distant observer.
“In Photography, Ceramics, and Digital Media my work explores technology to create interactive pieces that immerse themselves into environments, creating engaging experiences. Digital technology can enhance the craftsmanship of classical art forms without replacing it; have both definitive elegance and strengths. My work combines classical art forms with new technology producing a unique experience.”
To learn more about programs offered at the Carter Art Center at MCC-Penn Valley, visit mcckc.edu/pennvalley/humanities/art/.