Derek Reeverts | Episode 159
Derek Reeverts grew up in rural Illinois surrounded by faith and farming. He received his MFA in ceramics from Miami University of Ohio in 2009 and his BFA in ceramics from Western Illinois University in 1999. He has been the Ceramics area Teaching Lab Specialist for the University of Florida since 2013. His work continues to be a part of many regional, national, and international exhibitions and is represented in many private collections.
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It kind of revolves around time investment. If something is pretty straight forward and I can polish it off in a certain period of time it is one price point, if it takes a little longer it is another price point.
HOW HAVE YOUR PRICES CHANGED OVER THE YEARS? DO YOU SET A TIME FOR YOUR PRICES TO GO UP?
I don’t know that they have a whole lot. I haven’t been out of grad school long enough to see a huge change in price.
DO YOU DO COMMISSION WORK?
I do and I have.
That’s my Achilles tendon, Paul. I hate to say this but I have a pretty terrible business mind. I don’t really pay attention to it. I make work and I try and get the work out there.
SOMEONE WANTS TO BECOME A FIGURATIVE ARTIST AND MAKE A LIVING AT IT, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THAT PERSON.
The advice I give my students, I try to explain to them when you are in school, when you are doing art, a lot of people believe in order to really succeed at what you do you really have to love it. I tell them that that isn’t enough. You really have to move past the point of loving what you do into becoming obsessed with what you do.
Depends what I’m doing. Sam Beam and Iron and Wine saw me through grad school. Something slow and emotive that tells a really good story tends to be what I listen to.