Eckerd College visual arts professor and artist Brian Ransom makes ceramic music, crafting pieces that are both whimsical and functional from clay, then composing music from his fashioned instruments; flutes, a stand-up bass, tablas, a “Sax-O-Snake” and more. His work is currently featured as part of Role Models — which sheds light on the relationship between artists and their mentors via the works of 17 Florida talents — and CraftArt welcomes Ransom for a very special visual and aural presentation held in conjunction with the exhibit this Saturday. During Sounds of Clay, he’ll demonstrate his skills as accompanied by assistant Matt Flynn, a musician and 2014 Eckerd grad.
Sounds of Clay takes place Sun., Feb. 7, 3-4:30 p.m.; Role Models is on display through Feb. 20, at CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-821-7391, free admission (donations encouraged).
Check out a few videos about Brian and his sound sculptures below.