Wesley Anderegg – Artist Interview & Studio Inspiration
I adore Wesley Anderegg’s artwork. I love his work because it’s hilarious, quirky, and it tells great stories. I’ve using his work in my classroom, to teach ninth graders for years. The assignment is to get the students to tell a story using symbolism. They really relate to his to his work. The Anderegg assignment is one of my most successful every year. When I met Wesley, I found him to be hilarious, warm, and extremely generous. If you ever have the opportunity to take a workshop from him you won’t be disappointed. Wesley Anderegg’s website www.wesleyanderegg.com Tell us a little about yourself! Male, approx. 50 years old, brown hair, green eyes, no wants or warrants. How did you become an artist? I was lucky to go to college where I took a ceramics class, also at the same time every summer I was living in my Volkswagen Van on the streets in California by the beach. It was at this time I realized how I did not want to belong to the day to day work a straight job world. Even Johnny Carson is sitting in a traffic jam on his way to work. So I thought that being a potter would be cool. Maybe doing street fairs or having a little store front by the beach somewhere. Well it turned out I did not like doing street fairs and I couldn't afford a place by the beach. So I rented a little house and set up a studio and went to work and am still at it 30 years later. What is it like to have an artist as a spouse? It is great for me because she understands what I am ranting about. What is your inspiration for your pieces? My inspiration comes from all over, really anything that I find interesting may end up in a piece. What do you create? Where do you get your inspiration for your ceramics? Now most of my things are mixed media sculptures bit they all have clay in them. What has been the most effective way for you to promote your art? Through galleries, so far. But I think the internet has a lot of promise, especially for people that are some what known already because people are familiar with their work. What is the most important thing you'd like people to know and understand about your work? That it is light hearted with a serious side. What keeps you motivated? My main motivation is that I love to make stuff. How do you manage being an Father and artist? I am an artist and a father it isn't a problem. If I were a single parent it would be a problem. What or who inspires you? Anything I find interesting inspires me from animals to weird people and everything in between. Are you a full-time artist? Yes and have been for almost 30 years. How does your creative process work? I would have to say my creative process is totally intuitive. The End! Wesley thanks for letting me interview you!!!