Biography of Stephen Phillips
Stephen Phillips was born August 2, 1988 and raised in the small town of Crawford, MS. He attended and completed grade school at East Oktibbeha County High School, formerly known as B.L. Moor Attendance Center or Moor High in 2006. Stephen Phillips has always been intrigued by the arts whether music, dance, or visual art. His start in ceramics can be linked back to his childhood as kid who found enjoyment in the mixing of earth with water.
His pursuit for the medium began in his attendance at East Mississippi Community College. Stephen learned the basic fundamental skills of hand building and throwing at EMCC receiving an Associate of Arts degree in 2008. He later attended Mississippi University for Women where he began to advance his throwing skills. He has trained under a national and international ceramics artist during his enrollment. While attending MUW, Stephen became the 1st place winner in the 2011 Mississippi Collegiate Show for the category of ceramics. He has received other awards while in his pursuit as a ceramics artist. He received his B.F.A. from MUW in 2013. Since then, he has taught classes, given demonstrations, and artist’s talks in various places.
Stephen seek to produce vessels that are functional, decorative, and well- crafted. He has explored with altering the vessels form and have come to the place of minimizing his alterations. Stephen states, “I enjoy the idea of being able to alter a form just slightly in the middle to leave an impression and thought that the vessels are handmade.” When creating, Stephen often reflects on his spirituality and faith, finding himself in the mindset as God created man. In the finishing process of glazing his work, Stephen uses a combination of glazes that work well with the form of the vessel. His work has been displayed and sold in the Rosenweig Arts Center and the MUW Eugenia Summer Gallery. He currently has work displayed at EMCC in their permanent collection located in Scooba, MS. Stephen Phillips currently lives in Crawford, MS and continues in his progress as a ceramics artist.