Is it soft? Is it hard? Is it ceramic?

Brooklyn artist Alyssa Ettinger's Knitware walks a fine line between high and low craft. I really like how this work sneeks up on me. At first glance I see a knitted basket. A closer look lets me see translucent porcelain with subtle patterns covering the surface of the soft volume . I like the visual trickery that is involved here.
The conceptual elevation of knitting is also interesting. Yarn is transient by nature and can be unraveled at the slightest provocation. By casting this form in porcelain the knitting assumes the durability and perceived value that porcelain has. Impermanent and cheap becomes permanent and expensive. I'm big into this transformation in my own work.


Swear to me you'll always be a winner

This drawing mysteriously showed up in the classroom that I teach in.
When you need a pep talk Bat Man is here to save the day!

Nice mention of my work in a Blurb about the Drink up Show in W.P.B. Examiner

WITVA Reception Photo provided by, Ann Fay Rushforth
Once again the Armory Art Center has three worthwhile exhibits: Vanishing Florida, a photography exhibit exploring our environment, Drink Up! Ceramic Cup Invitational, and Women in the Visual Arts’ Artistic Visions: On, Over, and Off the Edge of Our World. All three exhibits opened on Friday, October 9 and last until October 28, 2009.

The Opening Reception was so jam packed with art appreciators it was difficult to see the actual art work, but Kurt Hammerstein’s photographs of an Indiantown Cracker Shack and a trailer in the Everglades stood out as did photos by the husband/wife team of Robert and Jackee Swinson.

In addition to Florida, the Ceramic exhibit displayed the work of artists from New York, Nebraska, Minnesota, and California. Meredith Host sells her fine porcelain ceramics in craft stores and galleries in Ohio, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Chicago, Detroit, and Worcester, MA. Ben Carter celebrates the connection between food and relationships with his casual and functional terra cotta earthenware mugs using warm yellows and rich blue greens.

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Alchemy and Transformation Pt. Deux

Im currently in a two person show at Signature 9 gallery in Roanoke VA with Julie Hamilton. The reception was held on October 1st in conjunction with Roanoke's Art by Night studio stroll. I had a great time at the opening talking to old friends that stopped by. It was also great to make the face to face connection with my buyers. I'm always amazed at which pots sell first. There were some gems left at the end of the night that I thought would have gotten gobbled up early. I was glad to see my newer forms (condiment trays and oval platters) were well recieved.

After seeing the pots out of my studio and in the gallery space I got a better sense of how people see the colors I choose. Sig 9 has tan colored walls so the white wares that I have been making really stood out. I've been thinking about gallery presentation and the affect it has on my work. I am making glossy work that has subtle variations in slip tone within each piece. If my work is under lit the variations in the slip are lost. If the work is over lit the reflection on the glaze surface is distracting. It is a dilemma, especially when I have little control over the final environment the work is displayed in. Like many potters I feel my work looks better in a domestic environment while it is being used. Sig 9 did a good job of arranging my work with Julie's.


Drink Up Invitational

I received an image from the postcard from the Drink Up! show at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Fl. I was excited to realize my cup was chosen to be on the front. I'm the mug on the far right. My old class mate Stephanie Steufer is also featured with the image on the left. Im glad we are representing UF in the show. If you are down that way it opens this weekend.

Exhibition Dates: October 9 - October 28, 2009
Opening Reception: October 9, 2009 6-8pm.

Functional & sculptural drinking vessels made by local and nationally-recognized ceramic artists in porcelain, earthenware and stoneware.