Congratulations to those selected for Potters Council 2012 Juried Exhibition: “The Chromatic Edge”



The Potters Council announces the winners of its third juried exhibition of members’ work in conjunction with National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference (NCECA) 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The name of the show is “The Chromatic Edge“. For the third annual members juried competition, Potters Council was seeking entries with an emphasis on the impact of color. The majority of the composition should be ceramic with the focus on color. Consider the full spectrum. The Chromatic Edge addresses not the outer limits of our work, but some of the “edges” that can occur within it. In ceramics, form is often seen as paramount, and the visual surface may often become subordinate. However, no form can excel without surface, and color is one of its most evident properties. The edges and contacts between colors, and between surface and clay – can re-compose a work of art, and change our perception of the most humble of pieces. Color can generate emotion, create meaning single-handedly, or change what we think we understand. Color gives the “edge” to ceramists that use it well.

In this exhibition, we showcased work that used color in thoughtful, subtle, bold, or innovative ways. We challenged our members to examine and explore the use of color in their work. The exhibition was visually dramatic, thought-provoking, and brought color in from the periphery of our endeavor right to the center.

Jennifer Harnetty—Columbus, Ohio

Jennifer Poellot Harnetty is the managing editor of, a tips and techniques blog and website for ceramic artists with 75,000 registered users, and the online home of magazines Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. Also a potter, she has been working with clay for more than 10 years. In 2004, she became assistant editor, and later associate editor, of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. Recently, she has helped develop and launch the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, a growing collection of instructional videos for ceramic artists.
Robbie Lobell—Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington

Robbie Lobell is a full-time studio potter and pottery teacher living and working in Coupeville, on Whidbey Island, Washington. She has been working in clay for more than 30 years, receiving her education in ceramics through residencies, apprenticeships, and assistantships. Robbie was on the faculty at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts for 10 years and has taught workshops and classes at craft schools throughout the country and in her in her studios on Whidbey Island Lobell is a member of NCECA, Potters Council of The American Ceramic Society, Washington Potter’s Association, Artists Trust, Northwest Designer Craftsmen, and Slow Food USA. Jurors Statement Our jurying criteria for the Chromatic Edge was to include many different techniques and ideas for how color and form relate within a piece. The show we’ve assembled demonstrates a wide variety of successful interpretations of this theme and is a testament to the potential for expression with clay and color. VENUE Potters Council Juried Show Exhibition Resource Hall Washington State Convention Center 800 Convention Place Seattle, Washington 98101