Editor’s Picks: Top Five Ceramics Exhibitions and Events – July 2010

Namida, by Akira Satake.

Namida, by Akira Satake.

Hard to believe July is almost here so it’s time for the July 2010 Editor’s Picks, a compilation of five top picks of ceramics exhibitions and events from me, your trusty CAD editor (or perhaps some special guest editors!). If I could be in five places at once, these picks would be those places. This month I have chosen a few really amazing group shows and the work ranges from the controversial to the sublime. Have a look and see if you agree!
Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
To see a more complete listing of ceramic exhibitions and events, please check out the Ceramics Monthly calendar.

Detail of Ceramic tile wall piece by Ilena Finocchi, on view at Northern Clay Center.

Detail of ceramic tile wall piece by Ilena Finocchi, on view at Northern Clay Center.

This show features work by an impressive array of women artists: Ursula Hargens (I have a set of her gorgeous majolica work!), Maren Kloppmann, Ilena Finocchi, Elizabeth Smith, Yoko Sekino-Bov©, and Cary Esser. I was intrigued by the new direction of Ilena Finocchi’s work (shown here). Finocchi explores the idea of the freak show, which shocks by putting physical deformities on display. But Ilena’s freak show exposes other more disturbing elements of our society such as the practice of putting profits before people.

The details..
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Where:
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
What:

Six McKnight Artists
When:

June 18August 22, 2010
Web:

http://www.northernclaycenter.org/see/exhibition_current.php
http://www.northernclaycenter.org/

See more of Ilena’s McKnight Residency show here.


Three Vases, by Jennifer Allen.

Three Vases, by Jennifer Allen.

I love Jen Allen’s work, and was really excited by this piece because it is the first time I have seen her combine porcelain with raw earthenware – and I am so digging the combination! Well done, Jen!

The details..
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Where:
Plinth Gallery, Denver, Colorado
What:

Jennifer Allen – Addressing the Home
When:

June 4July 31, 2010
Web:

www.plinthgallery.com


Ai Weiwei, Coca Cola Vase, 1997, vase from Neolithic Age (5000-3000 BCE) and paint, 13 inch diameter.

Ai Weiwei, Coca Cola Vase, 1997, vase from Neolithic Age (5000-3000 BCE) and paint, 13 inch diameter.

The Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon, is featuring an exhibition by Chinese artist, curator, architectural designer, blogger and activist Ai Weiwei. Ai is probably better known for designing the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games (a.k.a. the Bird’s Nest) than his ceramic work. But this is an exhibition not to be missed if you’re in the area. Not one to shy away from controversy, Ai challenges the “preciousness” of art with his iconoclastic treatments of neolithic vessels. Although it may be shocking, it is sure to get you thinking about the way we value objects.

The details...

Where:
Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon
What:

Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn
Ceramic Works, 5000 BCE2010 CE
When:

July 15October 30, 2010
Web:

www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org

To learn more about Ai Weiwei, please visit www.aiweiwei.com

<p>Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995; triptych of gelatin silver prints.</p>

Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995; triptych of gelatin silver prints.



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<p>Tea Cup, by Akira Satake.</p>

Tea Cup, by Akira Satake.

Whew! That’s all for the heavy political stuff. Now on to the quiet beauty of Akira Satake’s work. I look at this work and a sense of calm comes over me. Just beautiful. And this exhibition features some other pretty fine studio ceramics. Check it out if you can!

The details...

Where:
The Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
What:

Studio Ceramcis 2010
When:

June 18July 24, 2010
Web:

www.thesignatureshop.com

To learn more about Akira Satake or see more images of his work, please vist www.akirasatake.com.


Lidded Jar, by Bo Bedilion.

Lidded Jar, by Bo Bedilion.

The Art Association of Jackson Hole, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is hosting a National Ceramic Invitational through August 20. For this exhibition, curator Sam Dowd invited noted regional ceramic artists to participate, and then asked each of them to then invite another ceramic artist, spreading the geographic influence of the exhibition. Pretty cool idea. This yellow and black jar by Bo Bedilion really caught my eye. Wish I could see it in person!

The details..
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Where:
Art Association of Jackson Hole, Jackson, Wyoming
What:

Rendezvous: National Ceramic Invitational
When:

June 4August 20, 2010
Web:

www.artassociation.org


 

Comments
  • Mofeda M.

    thank you . I want raku fairing?

  • Mofeda M.

    thank you . I want raku fairing?

  • Susana C.

    Taza de té , por Satake Akira .
    Que lindo y simple a la vez

  • Susana C.

    Taza de té , por Satake Akira .
    Que lindo y simple a la vez

  • Nancy Z.

    Wonderful inspiration first thing in the morning before heading into the studio to trim pie dishes and bowls!!! Denver is only 40 min away, may need to go see jeniffer’s work in person!

  • Nancy Z.

    Wonderful inspiration first thing in the morning before heading into the studio to trim pie dishes and bowls!!! Denver is only 40 min away, may need to go see jeniffer’s work in person!

  • This is the kind of thing I come here for.

  • This is the kind of thing I come here for.

  • Joyce L.

    SIMPLY MARVELLOUS…………………

  • Joyce L.

    SIMPLY MARVELLOUS…………………

  • Michael K.

    Love the CocaCola Neolithic Jar. Brilliant pattern that really wraps beautifully around the form.

    Good choice, also, of the Bo Bedilion jar. I love Bo’s pots!

  • Michael K.

    Love the CocaCola Neolithic Jar. Brilliant pattern that really wraps beautifully around the form.

    Good choice, also, of the Bo Bedilion jar. I love Bo’s pots!

  • Cat J.

    Southern Highland Craft Fair in Asheville NC july 15-18 Asheville Civic Cntr on Haywood street downtown Asheville.. rated top 3 craft fairs in the USA for quality crafts..

  • Cat J.

    Southern Highland Craft Fair in Asheville NC july 15-18 Asheville Civic Cntr on Haywood street downtown Asheville.. rated top 3 craft fairs in the USA for quality crafts..

  • Mofeda M.

    thank you . I need raku ceramic and clay ceramic raku please?

  • Mofeda M.

    thank you . I need raku ceramic and clay ceramic raku please?

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