With the holiday season ramping up, there is lots to do involving clay in November. From the annual SOFA exposition in Chicago, to sculpture by Wouter Dam in Amsterdam, to the plethora of fine functional work, there should be something for everyone in my picks for November 2010. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
To see a more complete listing of ceramic exhibitions and events, please check out the Ceramics Monthly calendar.
|SOFA (Sculpture Objects and Functional Art) Chicago takes place November 5-7. At SOFA expositions, prominent
international galleries and dealers present masterworks bridging the
worlds of design, decorative and fine arts, showcasing the rich visual
heritage of the decorative arts alongside new, innovative expressions. Sherman Hall, editor of Ceramics Monthly, and my cohost here at CAD, will be there representin’ so if you happen to go, stop by and say “hello.” The exquisite piece to shown here is by Navajo ceramic artist Christine McHorse (represented at Clark+DelVecchio, formerly Garth Clark Gallery). Christine learned to make pots through her husband’s grandmother, who taught her to work with micaceous clay, a rare, but naturally occurring clay high in mica content that can be found in the Taos area.
Festival Hall at Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois
To learn more about Christine McHorse or see more images of her work, please visit www.garthclark.com.
|Sebastian Moh has a solo exhibition at Crane House, part of the Asia Institute in Louisville. This exhibition showcases his
most recent body of work, which is inspired by his Malaysian heritage and straddles the line between
meditative object and functional item. I’d say the luscious bowl shown here fits that description perfectly.
Crane House, Louisville, Kentucky
To learn more about Sebastian Moh or see more images of his work, please visit www.SebMoh.com.
|Keith Phillips has contributed a couple of videos to Ceramic Arts Daily in the past. and I am really digging his latest body of work. He tops his wood-fired work off with really fun decals, as you see here. If you’re in Atlanta, you can see a nice selection of his work at “Asheville in Atlanta,” an annual curated exhibition.
Curated by Kyle Carpenter, this year’s “Asheville in Atlanta” exhibition features the work of Cynthia Bringle, Kyle Carpenter, Becky and Steve
Lloyd, Courtney Martin and Keith Phillips. More images from the show
viewable at www.mudfire.com/asheville-in-atlanta-2010.htm
MudFire Clayworks and Gallery, Decatur, Georgia
To learn more about Keith Phillips or see more images of his work, please visit www.mudstuffing.com.
|Wouter Dam started his career by throwing simple pot forms, but later experimented with the forms by turning them on their sides or removing their feet. The experimentation continues today and though he always references the basic pot form, his work today is first and foremost sculptural.
I love the buttery yellow piece shown here. Dam created it by throwing it on the wheel, cutting it up, and reassembling it into a new object. Coloring is done by rubbing engobes, layer by layer till the color he wishes has been achieved.
Galerie Carla Koch, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
To learn more about Wouter Dam or see more images of his work, please visit www.wouterdam.com.
|I am always excited to see new work by Julia Galloway so I had to call some last minute attention to her show at AKAR. There’s not much time left, but if you are in Iowa City, make your way over to AKAR and check out her gorgeous pots in person.
AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa
To learn more about Julia Galloway or see more images of her work, please visit www.juliagalloway.com.