The Month in Clay April 2008

Works such as this pitcher by Julia Galloway, will be part of Greenwich House Pottery's "Made in Clay!" benefit sale in New York City.

Works such as this pitcher by Julia Galloway, will be part of Greenwich House Pottery’s “Made in Clay!” benefit sale in New York City.

There are a lot of exciting things happening in clay in the month of April and we have pulled together a few highlights from around the U.S. and abroad as Ceramic Arts Daily’s April Month in Clay feature.

The exhibitions highlighted in this feature include everything from contemporary sculpture in the Netherlands to rare works by legendary potter Hamada Shoji that have not been widely seen in the West until this point. Remember, even if the exhibitions are not located in your area, many images are available through the gallery websites. This month, we have even included a great online exhibition that anyone can check out. And proceeds from this one happen to benefit a good cause! Don’t miss this one! -Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.

“Whispering Walls: The Art of Giselle Hicks and Laura Pickett Calfee” is on view through April 26 at the John Michael Kohler Art Center’s ARTspace Gallery ( in Kohler, Wisconsin. Featuring ceramic sculptures by Hicks and photographs by Pickett Calfee, the exhibition was an intimate exploration of the concept of home and the objects that provide comfort and protection.

Left: Giselle Hicks’ Untitled Quilt, 11 in. (28 cm) in height, porcelain, 2007. This will be on display at John Michael Kohler Art Center’s ARTspace, Kohler, Wisconsin.

“Speaking Low: Surfaces in Earthenware,” a group exhibition curated by Linda Arbuckle, Professor of Ceramics at the University of Florida, as well as a Ceramics Monthly advisory board member, was recently on view at The Clay Studio ( in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The exhibition featured the work of 28 artists who are currently exploring the use of earthenware or low-fired clay bodies in the creation of their ceramic work.

Kari Radasch’s butter dish is one of the works on display at The Clay Studio through April 27.

The 26th annual Oregon Potters Association Ceramic Showcase (, the largest all-clay exhibition in the U.S., takes place at the Oregon Convention Center, April 25th through 27th. The event will include works for sale by 230 OPA members. There will be hands-on clay areas for adults and children and a full schedule of demonstrations. In addition, works by 24 potters from Hokkaido, Japan, will be on display in a special gallery and fifteen Hokkaido potters will be doing demonstrations on the main stage.

Faith Rahill’s work (shown at left) will be part of this year’s OPA Showcase.

New work by Jordi Marcet and Rosa Vila-Abadal will be on view through April 26 at Loes&Reinier International Ceramics ( in Deventer, Netherlands. This artist couple has been making work together since 1969. Focusing on design and painting, they produce series of work that are sold in art shops throughout Spain. Boxes, plates, bowls and less functional stoneware shapes are rhythmically decorated with figurative or abstract motives or covered with comic book or ritual-looking figures.


Jordi Marcet and Rosa Vila-Abadal’s “Words,” 13 in. (32 cm) in height, stoneware with feldspar enamels. This piece will be on view at Loes&Reinier International Ceramics, Netherlands.

The second exhibition of pots by Shoji Hamada along with pieces by Tatsuzo Shimaoka and Hamada Shinsaku will be shown at the gallery showroom of Marston Pottery in Rhayader, Mid Wales, United Kingdom, from April 26th until May 3rd 2008. There will be in excess of eighty pieces of work to choose from and all of the pots are sourced in Japan and are therefore new and unseen in the western hemisphere. Rogers has collected together a range of work that spans Hamada’s career and stylistic phases whilst providing a wide range of prices. In addition, a selection of books about Hamada not normally seen in the West will be available.

Works by Bente Skjøttgaard are on display through April 26 at Galerie Maria Lund ( in Paris, France. This new artistic project results from glazing experiments using the most basic ceramic materials: feldspar, kaolin, chalk and quartz.

Left: An example of Bente Skjottsgard’s work, which is on view in Paris, France.

“Ahead of the Need,” an online invitational ceramics exhibition to benefit the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, will be on view at from April 5–30. The exhibition was curated by Lana Wilson and Anthony Schaller and is hosted online by Charlie Cummings.

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) is committed to supporting the careers of craft artists throughout the United States. Through business and career-strengthening programs, emergency relief support, advocacy and research CERF helps professional craft artists strengthen and sustain their careers so that they can thrive and, thus, contribute to the quality of life in our communities. For more information on CERF, visit

David Hiltner’s work (shown at left) will be featured in “Ahead of the Need.”

Greenwich House Pottery in New York City is hosting its annual benefit sale “Made in Clay!” through April 30. The exhibition features extraordinary functional ceramics by more than fifty artists from across the US. Whether you’re in the market for a rustic, wood-fired tea bowl or an ultra-modern porcelain coffee pot, there’s something for everyone and it’s all handmade. Visit to learn more about the sale and the programs for adults and children it helps support.

This vase and serving dish is representative of the work by Sanam Emami that will be a part of Greenwich House Pottery’s “Made in Clay!” benefit exhibition.

**First published in 2008.

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