There is no shortage of great clay events in the month of May. If you are looking for something special to do for that special Mom in your life for Mother’s Day, why not take her to a pottery studio sale or studio tour and support your local potters and ceramic artists? Or go out gallery hopping? To help you plan, we have selected a variety of ceramic events and exhibitions from around the country and abroad for this Month in Clay feature. But we couldn’t possibly include everything here. Be sure to check out the Ceramics Monthly Calendar for a more comprehensive listing! –Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.
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The Art of the Pot Studio Tour will take place Mother’s Day Weekend, May 10-11 in Austin, Texas. This free tour allows the public the unique opportunity to view the pottery of sixteen ceramic artists who will be exhibiting and selling handmade pottery. Seven of the potters on this tour reside in Central Texas and nine nationally and internationally known guest artists will travel to the show from other parts of the country. The six founding artists have carefully selected guests whose ceramics are not often viewed in Austin or Central Texas. The participating artists include Sandy Simon, Josh DeWeese, Bernadette Curran, Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish, Jenny Mendes, Kowkie Durst, Andy Shaw, Rick Dunn, Rosalie Wynkoop, Mary Fischer and Eric Jackson, and hosts Lisa Orr, Claudia Reese, Ryan McKerley (see Ryan’s Ceramic Arts Daily feature article), Marian Haigh and Rebecca Roberts. For more information, including maps and more images of artists work, visit www.artofthepot.com. In addition to the tour, an exhibition of past tour participants’ work will be on display at Authenticity Gallery (www.authenticitygallery.com) in Austin.
Works such as the cup above by Rebecca Roberts, one of the founders of the Art of the Pot Studio Tour, will be a part of this year’s tour Mother’s Day weekend.
“Ten Years Innit,” an exhibition celebrating the first decade of Barrett Marsden Gallery, will be on view at Barrett Marsden (www.bmgallery.co.uk) in London, England, through May 10. Gallery owners Juliana Barrett and Tatjana Marsden said the exhibition will be “an extravagant visual feast of exciting new works from each of our fifteen gallery artists, plus invited guests. Proud of the reputation we hold for showing cutting-edge applied arts, the exhibition offers a current picture of the field — and one that we confidently predict will inspire and amaze. In this exhibition we will also be launching our exclusive collection of Limited Editions. These currently feature eminently affordable and collectable works by Gordon Baldwin, Ken Eastman, Philip Eglin, Chun Liao, Robert Marsden, Carol McNicoll, Sara Radstone & Richard Slee. Further sets of limited editions by other gallery artists will be added to the collection over the forthcoming year”
“Shopping” by Carol McNicoll is one of the objects in the ten year anniversary exhibition at Barrett Marsden Gallery.
New work by Victoria Christen will be on view through August 9 at Margo’s Pottery and Fine Crafts (www.margospottery.com) in Buffalo, Wyoming. Christen views her pieces as canvases for drawing, and tries to “capture a moment that I experience in the garden: the cherry blossoms floating on the surface of the pond, the wind in the branches.”
This earthenware set will be on view at Margo’s Pottery and Fine Crafts in Buffalo, Wyoming. Photo credit: Courtney Frisse.
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Make sure you pay a visit to ceramics museums and galleries when you travel!
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“School’s Out VI: Emerging Artists of the Southeast,” is on display through May 31 at City Art Gallery (www.cityartonline.com) in Columbia, South Carolina. The exhibition marks the sixth year that City Art has conducted a competition seeking recent MFAs, BAs, and BFAs of the southeastern region. The School’s Out exhibition results from a nominating process in which City Art asked studio art faculty members throughout Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, and Alabama to identify their most talented graduating artists – those who are, in their estimation, significant enough to have a chance at success in the competitive art culture.The exhibition features work that encompasses a variety of media and that exemplifies exciting new directions in contemporary art.
Ceramic artist TeaYoun Kim-Kassor’s recently graduated with an MFA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Her ceramic installation “Invisible Box,” shown at left, will be on display in City Art’s 100 year-old elevator shaft as part of the School’s Out exhibition.
“Beauty and the Beast: Ceramic Vessels and Sculpture,” a solo exhibition of new work by Liz Lescault, will be on view through June 7 at Waverly Street Gallery (www.waverlystreetgallery.com) in Bethesda, Maryland. In this exhibition, Lescault explores the two facets of the creative impulse that drives her work: the beauty and the beast. She crosses the line between beauty and ugliness, as the sculptures both invite and repulse.
Liz Lescault’s “Elegans,” will be on display through June 7 at Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland.
“Porcelain Now: The Alfred Connection,” a group exhibition featuring the work of Kristen Kieffer, Andy Shaw and Albion Stafford, is on view through May 18 at The Artisan Gallery (www.theartisangallery.com) in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Albion Stafford’s Vase Construction, at left, is slip-cast, thrown and constructed porcelain with an earthenware grid and is one of the works on display in Porcelain Now.
In describing his work and motivations Stafford explains, “Through the format of functional ceramics, I urge the viewer to see a representation of our landscapes and architecture then investigate the nature of the balance between them, and discover the beauty and complexity behind this relationship. Objects of utility provide a contemplative space and time in our daily lives in which we often enter into a state of reflection, a state in which we reconcile our relations to the world around us and with ourselves.”
“(In) Between,” a group show featuring the work of Dirk Staschke, Adelaide Paul, Damien Hirst, Randall Sellers, Tim Tate, Anne Siems and Joe Boruchow, will be on view through June 28 at the Wexler Gallery (www.wexlergallery.com) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An Opening Reception will take place on First Friday, May 2nd from 5-8pm.
Curated by Sienna Freeman, Associate Director of the Wexler Gallery, the exhibition is based loosely on the idea of Vanitas, the 16th and 17th century Dutch still-life paintings that included symbols of mortality, celebrating life’s pain and pleasures while meditating on their inevitable loss.
Dirk Staschke’s “Anonym 5” will be part of (In) Between at the Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Ceramic artist Paula Ross will host her spring show and sale at her studio May 3-4. The show will include mugs, plates, bowls and vases, as well as large boxes, and wall platters with paintings. Ross’s studio is located at 1934 Santa Clara St., Richmond, CA, 94804-5234.
Paula Ross describes her work, shown at left, as “low-fired earthenware, with lots of color and gestural brush strokes.” To achieve the look she desires, she uses many layers of slips and terra sigillata to create depth.