Clint Neufeld was raised on a farm in rural Saskatchewan always surrounded by the mechanics of vehicles and agricultural equipment. “I’ve always been someone who’s worked with my hands, whether it’s been fixing machinery on the family farm or doing renovations. So I always used materials and always felt that materials weren’t really neutral. They had a history and a context. When I started the kind of work I’m doing now, the thought process was just that I really wanted to make a beautiful engine”. Working on engines on the farm alongside significant influencers like his father and grandfather Neufeld experienced a kind of bonding and community that he fears will be lost with the technology of today’s engines.
Neufeld currently lives and works on a farm in Saskatoon. He earned his BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and an MFA in sculpture from Concordia University. In addition to being featured in MASS MoCA’s “Oh, Canada” exhibition, Neufeld has had solo exhibitions at public art galleries across the country and was first runner-up for the 2011 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics.