My name is Cal Clements. I make all the work of Tinker Wagon by hand in my studio in Athens, Georgia. Athens is my hometown. I studied art at the University of Georgia in the mid 1980s. My ceramics professor, Andy Naisisse, taught me to work in series of at least 100 pieces. I've had great success with that because I like to do things over and over again, with subtle changes.
This is a ceramic tower that I made in art school. I had stayed up all night working on it. When my dad came by in the morning, this is how he found me.
Also at the University of Georgia, I studied painting with Jim Herbert. I loved to make a big mess! The more drips and splatters, the better. I tended to paint in a frenzy, moving faster than I could think. This evolved into an expressionistic figurative style with symbolism, such as the work (below). A person goes through many personalities over time.
Starting in 1995, I began charting on a daily basis. The early charts recorded emotions. Later charts looked at habits and practices.
With the Coronavirus, my wife, Morgan, and I began staying at home. We set up studios in the shed. Hers is blue and mine is orange. That pretty much brings us up to date!
In subsequent years, my painting became more controlled. I suppose my personality went in that direction too. More orderly and symmetrical.
I began to sew in 2004 and made many giant curtain/tapestries. These were used in theatrical productions and hung in my yoga studio, Rubber Soul.