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Ryan Bredlau grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, and attended Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in 2005, focusing on ceramics, sculpture, and glassblowing. After taking several graduate classes at the University of Iowa, Ryan went south to Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2010 with a focus in ceramics and sculpture. He then went to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he was a studio technician and adjunct professor of studio art for the University of St. Francis for four years. He now currently resides in St. Charles, Missouri, and is the assistant preperator at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, Missouri.
I have always been captivated by the creation process. For me, it is a place of refuge and self-expression. There is nothing like putting my thoughts and emotions into physical form, and my material of choice is clay because it allows me an endless versatility. The heart of my work has always been centered on the human condition and, more specifically, my own condition. The creation process is a form of therapy. Through this process of making and self -discovery, I try to connect with the frustration, amusement, disgust, happiness, and pain that I feel internally and that is present in our society. My work draws heavily from the California Funk art movement, and that humor has carried over into my functional work. My pieces tend to have a whimsical playfulness to their form and function.