Travis Hinton exhibit on display at Pearson Lakes Art Center

Creativity is not easily confined to one pursuit and artful inspiration often comes from many sources.

Sioux Falls-based artist and education Travis Hinton specializes in ceramics.

But his creativity and his art showcases an appreciation and understanding of many mediums.

“What drew me to his work is that it combines elements of drawing and graphics work and to me, painting,” said Danielle Clouse Gast, visual arts director at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. “Of course there is the fundamental craftsmanship of ceramics and he builds from all of these techniques together to create really unique pieces of pottery.”

Visitors can see the latest results of his creativity now through Nov. 18 in the Goodenow Gallery on the lower level of the art center in Okoboji.

“You’re going to want to walk around each piece to look at things all the way around,” Clouse Gast said.

Pieces range in scale from 4-inch tall tea bowls to decorative vases two feet tall by two feet wide.

Even smaller pieces pack in plenty of details for visitors to inspect.

“I view the surfaces of these forms as drawings, each on different but incorporating similar elements,” Hinton said in his artist statement. ”Sometimes the elements are individually framed resembling patchwork while other pieces combine the elements creating a composition around the entire form. Influences expand from the historical blueprints of machinery and aircraft, ancient Greek pottery, to Post Modern Pop Art.”

Utilizing a variety of glazes, firing techniques, stencils, decals and drawings, Hinton’s pieces pull together these multiple elements into stand out works of art.

As Clouse Gast notes, they can be fully functional as well.

“That’s part of the beauty of ceramics — it’s functional artwork,” Clouse Gast said. “You can have a platter hanging on a wall and pull it down to use.”

If that’s an intriguing prospect for a visitor, it should be noted that all the pieces in the exhibit are available for sale as well.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, Clouse Gast says it’s a perfect place to peruse for a gift for that ceramics fan on the list.

There is plenty to enjoy in admiring another fantastic exhibit of artwork on display at the Pearson Lakes Art Center.