Studio Snapshot: Andrew King

Jackie DishnerMarch 2019
Share This

“It was always about anything I could do with my hands,” says ceramist and painter Andrew King, 34, of his early proclivity for the arts. The Kansas City, Missouri, native graduated with a degree in digital media from Arizona State University and is a graphic artist by day and freelance artist by night, working out of his Tempe loft.

“Ceramics was always my favorite thing,” King says. His latest work is a city of Tempe public art project, a tree stump created out of 700 ceramic bookends, an artistic adaptation of an existing irrigation standpipe in a Tempe neighborhood known as Professor’s Row. Find his work at andrewkingart.com.

Photo by Angelina Aragon
Photo by Angelina Aragon

These wood panel paintings are part of a series called Rooted. They represent King’s move toward a more graphic style of art, with more white space, sharper edges and cleaner lines.

You won’t find a pottery wheel in King’s studio. “All my stuff is free-flowing and hand-built,” he says. Firing and glazing takes place at a friend’s studio.

“My ceramics started out as tree stumps. But most recently I’ve been doing cactus stuff,” he says. “I’m trying to make cool Southwest art, something you wouldn’t expect [like a white cactus].”

“I keep a lot of brushes, but really only use a few. I like the flat edge best.” He is also into paint pens. “I like to use them because they are great for detail work.”

For more than 50 years, PHOENIX magazine's experienced writers, editors, and designers have captured all sides of the Valley with award-winning and insightful writing, and groundbreaking report and design. Our expository features, narratives, profiles, and investigative features keep our 385,000 readers in touch with the Valley's latest trends, events, personalities and places.