Branding: Who Are You?
Jonathan Castro is a ceramic designer who lives and works in New York City. Originally from Chicago, he earned his BFA in integrated studio arts from Iowa State University in 2007 and has spent the last decade in New York City, where he has worked for high-end furniture companies, boutique stores and interior design firms and has created collaborative projects with other businesses. Two years ago, he founded Jonathan Castro Designs to focus on custom handmade ceramic work, both functional and sculptural.
Castro’s influences and inspirations come from traditional Japanese forms and concepts, with an emphasis on American Modernism. He attributes many opportunities and successes to his involvement, skills and business sense learned early during his years at ISU.
Castro is an artist-in-residence Sept. 25-29 in the ISU Department of Art and Visual Culture. He is also teaching an intermediate pottery workshop at the Memorial Union Workspace.