Some of the most fun I have doing pottery is meeting people when I am doing sales and shows. This recent bowl has been particularly interesting to the younger set. I was at the Phoenix Festival of the Arts in early December, when a young man of 8 or 9 years approached my booth and started looking intently at this piece. He was very into it and started tracing his finger around the spiral (much to the horror of his parents!) I very seriously told him that this was my hypnotizing pottery and that he should keep tracing the spiral. I spoke in my best hypnotist voice telling him he was getting very sleepy and very relaxed. He kept going like a good kid until I started saying that he felt like cleaning up his room and doing the dishes. Alas, the spell was broken and he looked at me very suspiciously and said "Wait a minute.." and dashed away. His parents and I had a good laugh and his Dad started tracing the spiral. "You are getting very sleepy" I said. He nodded. "You want to buy this piece of pottery..." I said. He eyed me suspiciously and I shugged and said it was worth a try.
Stephen Bunyard Artist Bio Stephen Glenn Bunyard was born to be creative. His father is an Electrical Engineer who participated in pioneering work in the field of micro electronics beginning in the 60’s and a general wizard at doing "stuff" from working on hot rods to executing his wife's creative notions. His mother returned to University in her late 30s and earned a Bachelors Degree in Home Economics – Fashion Design. It was during the time of his mother’s work toward her degree that Stephen was introduced to ceramics. Too young to be left to his own designs, Stephen accompanied his Mom to the ceramics lab on many weekends during a ceramics course taught by Vern Funk. While this exposure did not result in any technical knowledge on his part, the enthusiasm for the medium was established. All of these experiences coupled with a very active imagination, love of learning and love of drawing things resulted in a tremendous creative output as a musician, cartoonist, and artist in his young life
Fast forward a few years and Stephen graduated from Texas Tech University School of Architecture and moved to Phoenix Arizona to pursue his career as an Architect. The training as an architect reinforced Stephen’s love for art and creativity. Working full time as an Architect, Stephen made time for his pastime as an artist creating images and gained some recognition as a photographer. Stephen’s Mom decided the time was right to gift her son with her wheel, a kiln, and her ceramics library. Stephen began working in clay, dividing his artistic time with photography. The old love was rekindled under the guidance of the resident artists at Phoenix Center for the Arts, first Seth Rainville, then Don Ridley.
Stephen has enjoyed success as a ceramic artist, participating in gallery shows at Phoenix Center for the Arts, The Shemer Art Museum, National Council on the Education for Ceramic Arts (NCECA) National Convention, The Bead Museum in Glendale, Chandler Center for the Arts, The Night Gallery, Art One Gallery and at the Peoria City Hall Art Gallery. Stephen has also been a guest artist on the Arizona State University Ceramic Research Center’s Studio tour since 2012. Stephen is a Juried Member of Arizona Art Alliance, An Artist Advisory Board Member of the ASU Ceramics Research Center, and President of AZ Clay Association.
Stephen’s Photography resume includes exhibitions at Art by Architects (Best of Show and three Jury Awards), Phoenix Center for the Arts and inclusion in the Photography magazines Best Photographers 1991.
Stephen's passions extend to other creative fields as well. Stephen is a musician and currently plays in the band, Safety Patrol. Safety Patrol is the brainchild of Stephen's longtime friend Don Cross, who made it his mission to bring safety messages to K-6th graders through music. Stephen plays the trumpet, bass, harmonica, tamborine, a mean cowbell (we all need more!) as well as lead and backing vocals. He even writes the occasional song for the group. Stephen's other loves are writing, glass blowing, working on his classic 1967 Mustang, and being a husband and father.