Alfred Alumnus Andy Brayman is as much a conceptual artist as a ceramic artist, I believe. You can see in his work he's exploring something beyond the shape and surface of his pots, though those qualities too are of great importance to the artist. Hm... i just love the shapes he uses and his peculiar sense of decoration. You can read an interesting article with the man in American Craft here. For more images of Brayman's work check out this exhibition at Harvey Meadows Gallery.