I’m a Ceramic Artist and a Adjunct Professor from Missouri.  I like what the Buddha said about stuff….

Contact:  bobschultz1979@gmail.com





Artist Statement:

My ceramic art is directly influenced by my study of Buddhist philosophies. Though I would not call myself a Buddhist, the teachings of the Dharma and the visual culture of this religion greatly shape the way I think and how I approach my art.  At the core, my artistic endeavors are an attempt to understand what Buddhism holds for me in my life. I continually ask myself, “What does the Buddha mean to me?”, “Why do I keep coming back to these philosophies?” and “Do I even need religion in my life?”  In the Buddha’s teachings, he openly encourages individuals to challenge him in order to find their own path. I create my work around this central theme as a way to explore Buddhism as well as challenge my own beliefs.

On the surface, my work expresses my interest in the visual cultures of the East mixed with Western street art themes.   The deeper I go, the teachings of the Dharma are filtered through my mind and reinterpreted in the forms and characters I create.  This is expressed through an intuitive, visceral handling of clay as well as the graffiti tags I add to my work.  Using cute teddy bears and street art elements also act as a way to lighten the heavy subject matter I present.   By using traditional and contemporary techniques and philosophies, I can create unexpected combinations of the old and new mixed with the East and West.

In my work I urge individuals to find their own path, while simultaneously acknowledging the doubts I have about my own.  Creating art with religious influence comes with the risk of misunderstanding and the potential inability for viewers to detach from religious imagery.  I welcome this challenge.  I strive to make my work a symbol of the teachings of the Buddha ­­– to always question, to never be comfortable with an answer someone else gives and to encourage others to find their own unique path.



  • Masters of Fine Art in Ceramics, Kent State University, Kent, OH, 2007
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO, 2004

Selected Shows and Exhibitions:


  • International Cup, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT, Feb 8th – 27th
  • Transforming Viewpoints, Harry Krug Gallery, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS, Jan 21st – March 3rd


  • Sixth Annual Cup Show:  Form and Function, Gulf Coast State College, Amelia Gallery, Panama City, FL, Oct 18th – Nov 7th 2013
  • 12th Annual National Juried Cup Show, Kent State School of Art Downtown Gallery, Kent OH, March 13th – April 20th
  • Coffee, Tea or …? #2, Terra Incognito Studios, Oak Park Il, Feb 23rd – March 27th


  • The Clay Cup: Icon, Vessel, Canvas, A National Juried Exhibition, George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia, MO Sept 17th – Oct 4th
  • Kansas City Clay Guild Teabowl National 2012, Avila University, Kansas City Clay Guild, Kansas City, MO, Aug 17th – Sept 29th
  • Kashmir Crossover International Art Exhibit, Northwest Missouri State and Kashmir University, Srinagar, Kashmir, April 3rd – April 10th
  • Coffee, Tea or…?, Terra Incognito Studios, Oak Park IL, March 10th – April 11th


  • History in the Making VI: Ceramic Traditions, Contemporary Pots, Genesee Center for the Arts, Rochester NY, Sept 18th – Oct 24th
  • NWMSU Art Faculty Exhibit, North Central Missouri College, Trenton MO, April
  • Lux Center for the Arts First Annual Cup Show, Lincoln NE, April 3rd – 25th
  • Starbrick National Cup Show, Nelsonville OH, Feb 27th – April 19th


  • Gulf Coast Community College’s Second Annual Cup Show, Nov 21st – Jan 16th
  • Zona Rosa Arts Festival, Kansas City MO, Sept 12th – 14th
  • Contemporary Clay Biennial 2008, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, May 2nd – June 28th
  •  2nd Biennial Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition, Concordia University, Jan 24th – Feb 20th
  •   3rd Annual National Juried Cup Show, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Taylor Library Gallery, Monticello, AK, Dec 7th 2007 – Jan 25th
  • Maryville Festival of the Arts, Maryville, MO Sept
  • M.F.A. Thesis Show, Big Pots, Kent State University Gallery, Kent, OH
  • Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Kent State University Gallery, Kent, OH
  • Group Show, Kent State University Gallery, Kent, OH
  • Blossom Exhibition, Kent State University Eels Gallery at the Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls Ohio, Summer
  • Schmaljohn and Students: 35 Years of Ceramics at Northwest, Northwest Missouri State University DeLuce Gallery, Maryville, MO, April 23rd
  • Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Kent State University Gallery, Kent, OH


  • B.F.A. Show, Paintings and Ceramics, Northwest Missouri State University Fine Art Building First Floor, Maryville, MO, May
  • Kansas City Artists Coalition Undergraduate College Student Exhibition, 9th Annual Juried Competition, Kansas City, MO, April 9th – 23rd


  • Roberta Farrell Immigration Award, Transforming Viewpoints, 2014
  • Best in Show, Kansas City Clay Guild Teabowl National 2012
  • Best in Show, Maryville Festival of the Arts 2007
  • Jim Smeltzer Scholarship
Teaching Experience:

Adjunct Professor, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO, Fall 2008 – Spring 2014

Classes Taught:

  • – Introduction to Design
  • – Beginning Drawing
  • – Life Drawing
  • – 3D Design
  • – Sculpture
  • – Beginning Ceramics
  • – Wheel Throwing and the Functional Form
  • – Advanced Ceramics

Other Duties:

  •  Assisted in hanging shows in Olive DeLuce Gallery
  •  Participated in Advanced Standing and Senior Reviews
  •  Renovated student studios and sculpture classrooms

Substitute Art Teacher, Horace Mann Elementary, Maryville, MO, 2008 – 2010

Substitute Professor/Visiting Artist, Hiram College, Hiram, OH, March 2007

  • Conducted ceramics classes and gave demonstrations during regular professor’s medical leave.

Graduate Assistant in Ceramics, Kent State University, Kent, OH, Fall 2005 – Fall 2006

  •  Taught three semesters of Ceramics 2: Wheel Throwing.

Teacher’s Assistant and Tutor in Astronomy, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO, 1998 – 2002

Kiln Building:

– Rebuilt 27 Cubic foot Downdraft Kiln, Kent, OH

– Rebuilt Anagama Wood Kiln with Handmade Tatami bricks, Kent, OH

– Rebuilt 16 Cubic foot Alpine Updraft Kiln, Maryville, MO

– Converted Electric Kiln into Raku Kiln, Maryville, MO

– Built 27 Cubic foot Crossdraft Soda Kiln, Maryville, MO

– Built Bourry-Box Wood Kiln, Maryville, MO


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