3 Questions

3 Questions with Geoffrey Mann


Artist and craftsman Geoffrey Mann on finding balance, questioning everything, and reevaluating what you think you know.

3 QUESTIONS is series of brief, three-question interviews with PNCA’s visiting artists and lecturers. Each year, PNCA attracts innovative, thoughtful, and creative makers and thinkers who share our belief in the transformative power of creativity. In three short answers to three short questions, these artists offer perspectives on career, motivation, and transformation. When available, we include links to audio recordings, transcripts, slideshows, or video.

The MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research welcomes Geoffrey Mann as part of the 2012-2013 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

“It’s not a 9 – 5 career.
Prepare to live, work, and
breath it everyday.”


Photo by Marshall Astor, MA ’13.

What advice would you offer current students about to embark on a career in the arts?

It’s not a 9 – 5 career. Prepare to live, work, and breath it everyday, but remember to give yourself time to reflect upon your successes and failures. It’s all about balance.

How do you maintain your creative practice? What keeps you motivated and engaged?

I naturally question everything. This could be a classed as a curse. This keeps me awake and night and wakes me up in the morning. Such constant questioning will never be answered and allows for a potential lifetime of work.

Could you describe a moment or experience that profoundly changed the nature of your work?

In 2000, I spent 3 months at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary. The lasting memory from this was witnessing how such a raw material could transcend gender, age, culture, and language and be the seed to create a community. This made me question my preconceived perceptions of materiality.

Geoffrey Mann is a Scottish artist, designer, and lecturer whose fascination with transposing the ephemeral nature of time and motion has created a studio practice that challenges the existing divides between art, craft, and design. He has exhibited in National and International venues including MoMA New York; International Bombay Sapphire Awards, London and Milan, Jerwood Contemporary Makers exhibition, MAD New York and the European Glass Context in Denmark. In 2008, Mann was awarded the World Craft Council Prize for Glass and in 2009 won the Jerwood Contemporary Makers Prize. Mann has work included in MoMA New York, Design and Architecture collection and MAD New York, Design and Applied permanent collections.

— Posted on 02/20 at 11:49 AM

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