The Month in Clay – October 2008

<br />Lisa Buck's work is included in “Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists,” at Northfield Arts Guild Gallery.

Lisa Buck’s work is included in “Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists,” at Northfield Arts Guild Gallery.

Even though I don’t spend as much time in the studio as I think I should, it’s easy to have my brain stuck there, thinking about what needs done—how dry those mugs have become, how to fire the fountain I made with my nephew (hoping his five-year-old glaze job won’t ruin my shelves). There are about a million things like this that I’m sure we all deal with. But it’s nice get out of my own studio (and out of my own head) to check out what’s going on in other peoples’ studios. The great thing about putting this little feature together is that I don’t have to go to all of their studios (though that could be interesting).

So if you’re looking to get out of the house to see some ceramics, or if you just want to go there online, check out the exhibitions below. And if you don’t find anything happening in your area, click over to the Ceramics Monthly Calendar for more listings of clay-related events.—Sherman Hall, Ceramic Arts Daily

The ceramic constructions of Annabeth Rosen will be on display at Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco, California, October 1–November 1. Rosen’s works simultaneously celebrate qualities and techniques of craft, sculpture, collage and painting. She pays homage to these various disciplines while not declaring allegiance to any. Her works demonstrate a special process whereby the fired clay pieces are glazed and then attached together, as an assemblage, or sometimes fired again with a film-like white slip. Rosen likes the visual sensation of paint, of the patina of a found object and the rawness of earthenware.
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“Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists,” is on display at the Northfield Arts Guild Gallery in Northfield, Minnesota through November 29. Juried by Jan McKeachie-Johnston and Deborah Sigel, the exhibition included over 50 works by 24 artists from the state, as well as six invited artists.
“In a state with such a deeply-rooted and rich clay tradition, it seems appropriate to celebrate the talents of the many women who are creating ceramic art here,” said Colleen Riley, ceramics artist and curator of the exhibition. “It represents a wide-range of artists from all corners of the state working in many different styles. Many of the pieces are by familiar artists with national name recognition, and many are by women who have rarely shown their work regionally. It’s inspiring to see the work of these artists shown together.”
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“Primordial Considerations: Earth, Mud and Clay” will be on display at Maxwell Fine Arts in Peekskill, New York, October 4–December 13. The exhibition, curated by Bill Maxwell and guest curator Jo-Ann Brody, will include the ceramic, porcelain and earthen works of Anna Adler, Roger Baumann, Lisa Breznak, Jo-Ann Brody, Dina Bursztyn, Ada Pilar Cruz, Kathy Erteman, Keiko Ikoma, Tania Kravath, Puneeta Mittal, Tony Moore, Luanne Morse, Ayano Ohmi, Chuck Plosky, Novie Trump, Judy Sigunick, and James Tyler.
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“Chuck Stern: Borders and Boundaries,” a solo exhibition, will be on view at The Artisan Gallery in Northampton, Massachusetts October 3–November 9.
“I came to clay by way of woodworking, painting and photography. And as time-consuming as the others were to learn, clay seems to me the most diffucult medium to assimilate—it’s simply the most willful of the bunch. A teacher of mine, Sadashi Inazuka said, ‘Chuck, the clay is 10,000 years old—it knows more than you do.’ And while it may seem a quaint homily (it did to me at the time), it turns out that the only pieces I feel have any satisfying qualities are the ones I didn’t try to beat into submission. The results were far more satisfying when I was patient enough to catch the hints the clay was giving—when I was calm enough to step back and see/feel the next step.”
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“Just Swedish,” is on view at Flow Gallery in London, England through October 31. Co-curated by Mats Jansson and Nääs Konsthantverk, the exhibition includes seven Swedish artists who, are all exploring the boundaries between art, design and craft.
“Eva Hild’s distinctive works epitomize current trends in Scandanavian ceramics, explores the relationship between the internal and external realities; the dualism between content and form, feeling and shape, impression and expression,” said gallery representative Yvonna Demczynska.

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“Confrontational Ceramics: The Artist as Social Critic,” a group exhibition featuring the work of more than 80 artists, will be on view at the Westchester Arts Council’s Art Exchange in Westchester, New York October 3–December 13.
Curated by Dr. Judith S. Schwartz, the exhibition explores social issues and human inequities in ways that are at turns pugnacious, unexpected, disturbing, humorous and ultimately enlightening.

“Historically, clay has been seen as utilitarian material, typically thought of as best suited for teapots and decorative tiles,” said Schwartz. “But the artists of Confrontational Ceramics break this traditional conceptual mold using clay as the most appropriate medium for their sculptural statements. Making use of satire, caricature, parody, erotica and the grotesque, these artists provide critical commentary on wide-reaching social, political and environmental issues.”

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“George Ohr Rising: The Emergence of an American Master” is a traveling exhibition that will be at Alfred University’s Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art in Alfred Station, New York, October 15–December 5, with additional venues in Canada and the U.S. pending. The show is selected from the permanent collection of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (OOMA) in Biloxi, Mississippi. Curated by Anna Stanfield Harris, Curator of Ceramics, the show makes full use of OOMA’s archive of documents, photos and writings by and about Ohr. Focusing on the late works, Harris makes a valid argument for stylistic shifts following a catastrophic fire that destroyed thousands of Ohr’s works, and much of Biloxi,
in 1894.

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“Transformations: 6×6,” a national invitational exhibition, will be on display at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York, October 3–November 22. The exhibition includes more than 600 tiles by 200 artists.
“The goal of Transformations 6×6 is to have all participating artists, many of whom do not usually work with tiles, apply their creative voice and aesthetic to the format of a 6×6 inch tile,” said Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Program Director at the Clay Art Center. “The walls of the gallery will be filled with work that has been transformed from three dimensions into two.”

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“Texting: Print and Clay,” a group exhibition exploring the use of print as both a subject and technique, will be on view at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, Michigan through October 26.
“The imprinting of clay with letters and other abstract communicative marks to carry a message are as old as the history of writing,” said Tara Robinson, curator of the exhibition. “Creating digital images that can be transferred to a clay surface is as recent as the explosion of computer imaging. However, the latter clearly follows in a direct line from the use of transfer prints on clay using much older printing methods. The use of fragments of text and images to convey abstract ideas in art devolves from the inventions of Pablo Picasso and George Braque, whose works incorporated words, letters and numbers, images of the labels of commercial products, and, ultimately, actual bits of paper and other materials in the pictures called collages.

“The works by the artists in this exhibition use print techniques, letters and numbers (printed, painted and carved) references to prints and printmaking, modern digital imaging, impressed letters and hand-drawn references to printed materials of all kinds to convey their artistic, personal and political ideas.”

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Eager for more ceramic exhibition coverage, check out the latest exhibition reviews in the Upfront section of Ceramics Monthly!


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