The Month in Clay: January 2009

This piece by Kristina Riska is part of an upcoming exhibition at Flow Gallery in London, England.

On this the last day of 2008, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year! And to help you start it off right, today we’re bringing you the latest installment of the Month in Clay. In it, you’ll see a brief overview of what is going on in the world of clay on this 2009-Eve and beyond! From teapots in Helsinki, to abstract sculpture in London, to figurative works in Philly, to a functional pottery workshop in Cincinnati, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a maker, a collector, a fan or all of the above. And, as usual, if you don’t find anything below in your area, click over to the Ceramics Monthly Calendar for a more comprehensive listing.
Louisville, Kentucky
“DinnerWorks 2009” is on display January 24 – March 1, 2009, at the Louisville Visual Art Association ( DinnerWorks is a unique exhibition featuring one-of-a-kind ceramic and glass dinnerware from artists across the United States. Each set of dinnerware is paired with a local designer, artist, or architect who creates a dynamic tablescape. 2009 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Louisville Visual Art Association and there will also be a centennial tablescape with eight original place settings designed by eight local artists.
Molly Hatch is one of the ceramic artists featured in Dinnerworks 2009.
Oak Park, Illinois
The January Invitational is on view January 10 – February 11 at Terra Incognito Studios (
The exhibition includes work by Xiaosheng Bi, Jenni Brant (whose “Small Strapless Vase” is shown at left), Jeff Campana, Kyle Carpenter, Missy McCormick, and Tara Wilson.
Pomona, California
“On the River through the Valley of Fire: The Collaborative Ceramics of Frank Boyden and Tom Coleman” is on view through February 14, 2009, at the American Museum of Ceramic Art ( The exhibition features two ceramic artists – Frank Boyden, recognized for his masterful line drawings in porcelain, and Tom Coleman, known for his throwing abilities and glaze formulations – who have come together to create a collaborative body of work. It also includes works created individually by both Boyden and Coleman.
“Salmon Tea Bowl” is one of the collaborative pieces on display in On the River Through the Valley of Fire.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
Focus on Function, the next event in the Potters Council workshop series, will take place February 20 – 22, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio. This premier hands-on workshop features a wide-range of functional ceramic artists, including Mike Baum, Pam Korte (whose work is shown to the left), Chris Early, Gil Stengel, Steve Howell, Kelly King, Laura Ross, and Amy Sanders.
Register by January 23, 2009 and get $50 off your registration fees!
London, England
“Signals” is on display January 15 – March 14, 2009, at Flow Gallery ( The exhibition features works by Finnish applied artists whose critical and independent choices in different disciplines communicate the direction of contemporary applied art in Finland today.
Signals includes the piece pictured at left by Kristina Riska.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Spirit of the Figure: Four Views” is on view through January 17, 2009, at Snyderman-Works Gallery ( The exhibition presents the figure as metaphor, suggestive of but not necessarily replicating nature.
Ceramic Artists Adrian Arleo (whose “Two Bas, Consort & Console” is shown at left), Matt Nolen, Richard Shaw, and Jindra Vikova are the four artists featured in this exhibition.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
“Floral Explorations” is up through January 17, 2009 at Santa Fe Clay ( Floral Explorations features a range of functional and sculptural work created by six emerging and established clay artists who incorporate flower references on the surface and in the form of their ceramic creations. The show’s lineup includes Megan Bogonovich, Kim Dickey, Maria Dondero, Molly Hatch, Kristen Kieffer and Tim Ludwig.
Floral Explorations includes work like the jars at left by Maria Dondero.
Hanford, California
The Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture ( in Hanford, California, is hosting Generosity in Clay: Modern Japanese Ceramics from the Natalie Fitz-Gerald Collection, a special exhibition of Japanese contemporary ceramics drawn from the extensive collection of Natalie Fitz-Gerald, a collector now residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The exhibition is on view through January 30.
This exhibition presents 54 modern works by 30 Japanese artists, representing a dialogue between past and present, and the evolution in thought and technique demonstrated in works of recent decades.

Flare Vase by Kitamura Junko (b.1956) is one of the works on display as part of Generosity in Clay.

Helsinki, Finland
“Teatrip” is up through January 25, 2009, at DESIGNMUSEO ( This exhibition explores the history of tea in different parts of the world. Among other aspects, the Oriental tea tradition is displayed with exhibits of Chinese, Korean and Japanese tea-ceremony items. The Western traditions of tea-drinking are also presented with the paraphernalia of traditional English five o’clock tea, the magnificent porcelain tea services of the Meissen factory of Germany, the refined French tea-drinking customs, and the Russian tea tradition with its samovars and fine porcelain cups.
The Teapots and teacup (ca. 1945) at left are on view as part of Teatrip.

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