I make sculptures based on paintings in what is traditionally considered a craft medium. In this translation, the sculptural representation of still life painting creates abstract forms. The results are beautifully made objects that simultaneously expose the crude structures of their creation.The pieces are both a simple exploration of residual forms derived from representation and a question regarding the merits of an Art object.


1998 Alfred University, Alfred, NY, Master of Fine Arts Degree
1995 University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL, BFA Degree

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Executing Merit, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA
2014 Bounty, Clark Collage, Vancouver, WA
2013 Sated, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA
2012 Falling Feels A Lot Like Flying, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
2009 Making Arrangements, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Ornament, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2004 Politics of Clay, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2003 John Elder Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Exhibitions

2015 Crafting a Collection, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
2014 Ceramic Top 40, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
Dark Matter, Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
2013 Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium, Birmingham Mueum of Art, Birmingham, AL
2012 Shifting Paradigms, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX
Enough is as Good as a Feast, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC
2010 BAM Biennial, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Hermaphrodite, Ferrin Gallery/Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Portraiture Beyond Likeness, Ethel Sergeant Clark Gallery, Wayne, PA
2009 New works, Two-person show, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC, Canada
5th World Ceramic Exposition Biennial, Gwango-dong, South Korea
SOFA Chicago, Chicago, Il with Wexler Gallery
2008 A Human Impulse, Arizona State University Museum, Tempe, AZ
(In) Between, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Confrontational Ceramics, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY
2006 Body and Mind, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
Edges of Grace, The Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
2005 Politics as Usual, The Yager Museum of Art and Culture, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
Vanitas, Lacost Gallery, Concord, MA
Renwick Art Alliance, Washington, DC
2004 Bare Clay, Ceramic Nudes in 20th Century Art, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Poetics of Clay, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Beaumont TX
2002 Ceramic Masterworks, Moderne Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Ceramic Artists of the Northeast, The Slater Museum, Norwich, CT
New Talent: New Work, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2001 Gallery Group Plus, Helen Drutt Galley, Philadelphia, PA
Craft at the Turn of the Millennium, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
Reunion, Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
The Figure Show, Pewabic Pottery Gallery, Detroit, MI
2000 Emerging Artists, John Elder Gallery, New York, NY
Political Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Spaces: Interior and Exterior, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, Juried
1999 Rendezvous 99, Invitational, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE
Looking In The Mirror, Aspects of Figurative Ceramics, Riley Hawk Gallery, OH
Artists on their Own, National Competition, The Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Publications

2015 Dirk Staschke Reveals Two Faces of Clay, Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times, 03.20.15
Dirk Staschke, Feature Interview, Pirita Litmanen, REVS Magazine, issue 14
Dirk Staschke, American Art Collector, issue 116
2012 Dirk Staschke, Nastia Voynovskaya, Hi Fructose Magazine, issue 23
Where Confection and Illusion Collide, Judy Seckler, Ceramic Art and Perception, issue 88
2009 Making Arrangements, Colette Copeland, Ceramic Art and Perception, issue 76
500 Ceramic Sculptures, Glen Brown, Lark Books, USA
2008 Industrial Chinoiserie, Glen Brown, Ceramic Art and Perception, issue 71
2007 Confrontational Ceramics, Judith Schwartz. Penn, USA
2004 500 Figures in Clay, Veronika Gunter, Lark Books, USA
2002 World Contemporary Ceramic Art, (author) Baiming, Jiangxi fine art Publications, China, p.36
2001 Consequences of Intent, Scott K. Meyer PhD. Ceramic Art and Perception, issue 44.


2015 The Burchfield Penney Museum, Buffalo, NY
2014 Fuller Mueseum, Brockton, MA
2013 Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
2009 Icheon Museum, World Ceramic Center, Gwango-dong, South Korea
2008 ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
2007 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX
2006 The Smithsonian, American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
1997 The International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY
1995 Southern Progress Corporate Collection, Birmingham, AL
1992-Now Various Private collections

Grants and Awards

2015 Virginia A. Groot Foundation, Production Grant, 3rd place, Evanston, IL
2012 Virginia A. Groot Foundation, Production Grant, 3rd place, Evanston, IL
2012 City of Bellevue Special Project Grant, Bellevue, WA
2011 Canada Council for the Arts, Production Grant, Canada
2010 First place in Bellevue Museum Biennial, John Price award of excellence, Bellevue, WA
2009 Honorable Mention, 5th World ceramic Biennale, South Korea


2007-11 Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC, Canada, sessional
2006 Wayne Art Center, Philadelphia, PA, Art faculty
2005 Alfred University, Alfred, NY, Visiting Assistant Professor
2003-04 Burlington City Arts, VT, Art faculty
2002-03 New York University (NYU), New York, NY, Adjunct professor Sculpture
2000-03 Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY, Adjunct professor Ceramics
1999-03 92nd Street YMHA, New York, NY, Art faculty
1998-03 Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY, Faculty
1999 Alfred University, Alfred, NY, Visiting professor, summer

Visiting Artist

2014 Clark College, Vancouver, WA
2013 Alabama Clay Conference, Birmingham, AL
2010 Givat Haviva Cultural Center, Israel, Artist Residency
2009 Capilano University, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2004 Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA), Beijing, China
2003 Queens College, Queens, NY
2002 Alabama State Council On The Arts, Montgomery, AL, Guest Speaker
2001 SUNY New Paltz University, New Paltz, NY
2000 University of Hartford, Hartford, CT