Erik Haagensen Artist Bio
Through all of my adult life, I have been experimenting in the arts. My work has included books of poetry, small-scale metal sculpture, photocopy art, outdoor sculptural installations, radio broadcast performances, handmade books, collage, digital art, and photography. Much of this has been rather silly and absurd, or Dada as they would have taught me to say in grad school.
I graduated from a liberal arts university where I studied theology, philosophy, psychology and business. It was a course of study that was perfect training for a young tel-Evangelist, although this was not my intent. I also took some art history and studio art and enjoyed the many fine art museums of Washington DC. Then, for most of the 90’s, I had an exhilarating day job in the fascinating world of enterprise software applications. When done waiting on the senior executives (not tables) all day, I would go home and make art. Sadly my oodles of stock options were never worth anything.
In 2001 my principal focus shifted to clay, as my sweetie and I began to chase the dream of creating a large community art studio dedicated to clay.We founded MudFire Clayworks in Atlanta, where for over ten years we shared space with over 100 artists and students, taught every day, produced monthly gallery exhibits, and hosted artists from around the world for workshops. It was pretty amazing.
In 2013, we got tired of the big city, sold the studio to a group of artists, bought a farm in Appalachia, and headed to the hills to try our hands at organic farming while making pots full-time.