The Month in Clay – November 2008

<br />Marc Digeros' striped tumblers are on view as part of the "Functional Variations" exhibition at Freehand Gallery in Los Angeles.

Marc Digeros’ striped tumblers are on view as part of the “Functional Variations” exhibition at Freehand Gallery in Los Angeles.

If you’re going to be anywhere near Chicago in early November, you need to go check out SOFA (Sculpture Objects and Functional Art) on Navy Pier, November 7-9. There will be a ton of ceramics on view, as well as other craft media. It’s overload, really, but what better way to be overloaded? And don’t forget to stop by the resource center to pick up your complimentary Gallery Guide issue of Ceramics Monthly. We’ll see you there!
Below are several other great ceramics exhibitions happening in November, but if you don’t find anything happening in your area, click over to the Ceramics Monthly Calendar for a more comprehensive listing. – Sherman Hall, Ceramic Arts Daily

“The Archie Bray Foundation—Present and Past Residents” will be on view November 7–9 at the Galaxie Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by the Nevica Project, the exhibition of works by over 50 resident artists will take place the same weekend as SOFA (Sculpture Objects and Functional Art).
“The Archie Bray Foundation continues to be a leader in the field of the ceramic arts, drawing exceptional artists from all over the world to work together in a unique community,” said Steve Lee, Resident Director. “In my conversations with past resident artists, it’s clear that many former residents, including myself, are indebted to the time spent working here, and it is the success of the past and present resident artists that validates the efforts of this organization.”
John Utgaard’s Projection, 22 in. (56 cm) in height, glazed earthenware, 2008.
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From November 13–16, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present its 32nd annual Craft Show. This year’s show will feature works by 195 craft artists, selected from more than 1400 applications. The show will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Vered Trandler Dayan’s nested white vessels, porcelain.
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“Inspired: Students of Warren MacKenzie” will be on view through November 30 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) in Houston, Texas. The exhibition showcases the work of seven artists who have studied with MacKenzie and is on view in tandem with the traveling exhibition “Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter” [see the review in the August/September 2007 issue of CM], at the HCCC. Over 35 pieces by Wayne Branum, Tim Crane, Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Randy Johnston, Mark Pharis, Michael Simon and Sandy Simon will be on display.
“Warren MacKenzie is a potter and teacher who has passed to us his spiritual wisdom and has assured a continuous legacy for the generations of potters who follow,” said Johnston. “He is an important link to continuing the philosophies of Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada and Soetsu Yanagi. Through his example, he has shown us that the making of pottery is a creative and physical activity, one that draws on the intellect and the emotions, the conscious and subconscious.”
Jan McKeachie-Johnston’s wood-fired tray, 2 in. (5 cm) in height, wood fired stoneware, 2007.
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New work by Morten Løbner Espersen will be on display October 25–November 16 at Galerie Carla Koch in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
“Espersen restricts himself to simple, traditional shapes, since he is more interested in the skin of his objects,” said gallery director Carla Koch. “He gives his objects their grainy, rough structure by repeatedly glazing and firing them with the aim of enabling the ceramics and the heat to work together in order to create unique surfaces and structures. As a result, his work can look very different from different viewpoints. In the past, Espersen has experimented with glazes but he seldom succeeded at reproducing his best glaze results. Initially, this frustrated him but nowadays he appreciates it. Espersen has handed over control to the pieces themselves.”
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The 21st Annual Washington Craft Show will take place November 7–9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Artists from 34 states will exhibit and sell a wide variety of works.
Nathan and Amanda Grubich’s Nesting Bowls, 14 in. (36 cm) in height, soda-fired porcelain and stoneware, 2007.
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Vessels by Sebastion Moh will be on display through November 9 at McGrath Art Gallery, Bellarmine University, in Louisville, Kentucky.
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“Built: Sculptural Trends in Clay,” curated by Creighton Michael, will be on view at The Osilas Gallery in Bronxville, New York, through December 11. The show includes the work of Nik Grinchenko, Marc Leuthold, Ian Meares, and Jeff Mongrain.
Directions to the gallery are on the very bottom of the Osilas webpage:
Marc Leuthold’s Chinese, 2008.
“Functional Variations: A Unique & Compelling Touch with Clay” will be on view at Freehand Gallery in Los angeles, California, through November 29. Featuring: Margaret Bohls, Sam Chung, Michael Connelly, Marc Digeros, Steve Godfrey, David Gurney, Ursula Hargens, Maren Kloppmann, Irene Saito, Pete Scherzer, and Geoff Wheeler.
Pete Scherzer’s Tall Ewer, 19.5 inches in height.
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“Reconfigurine,” a group exhibition featuring works by Lisa Clague, Linda Cordell and Debra Fritts, will be on view from November 14–December 13 at Santa Fe Clay in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“Stepping into the artistic worlds of these artists means leaving preconceived notions of the figure and clay behind: This isn’t your grandmother’s ceramics after all,” said Peg Rivard, Gallery Sales Manager. “None of the three can be accused of playing it safe; each approaches her work with an unflinching honesty and a level of intimacy that allows a rare glimpse into a private and mysterious place.”
Linda Cordell’s Deer Bomb, 32 in. (81 cm) in height, slip cast and handbuilt porcelain, foam, rubber, 2007.
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“Vitrified Existence,” a solo exhibition of works by Jeff Whyman, will be on view at Armstrong’s Gallery in Pomona, California October 7–November 29. Whyman’s work displays a variety of sculptural forms completed with wood-fired, glazing surface techniques. His work is about the beauty, wonder and majesty of our daily life. Whyman is also a diver and his ceramic creations are reminiscent of the treasures found on the ocean floor.
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Eager for more ceramic exhibition coverage, check out the latest exhibition reviews in the Upfront section of the September issue of Ceramics Monthly!


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