Born to the Lake Michigan coastal town of Petoskey, Christopher Dean always had a passion for the arts. Since he was a small boy, his mother; who was an educated BA; encouraged him to pursue his gals within the home, in school, and through summer camps such as "College for Kids," which was geared toward painting, drawing, and sculpture for children. Christopher obtained an Associates of General Studies from North Central Michigan College with certificates in Fine Craft and Studio Art; and most recently has obtained a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Northern Michigan University of Marquette, Michigan.
Christopher's works are blending of dichotomies and bridge boundaries of sculptural realism and utilitarian oddity. Influences for his works are generated from the natural world, and more often come from the creatures that exhibit perfection, yet most people fear for their displeasing reputations. Christopher wishes to change these status quos and open the realm of possibility for engagements with those eccentricities.
Christopher's goals toward being a self-sufficient studio artist may be on hold for the moment as graduate study programs become more and more alluring. The possibility of furthering his career through higher learning opportunities continues to call on him. The potential to instruct a new generation of inquisitive minds in the ever-expanding world of ceramics would be a full-circle way of honoring the training he, himself, received from his many mentors and instructors, and a way of fulfilling a community-based gratification in his own practice.