The University of Florida's Harn Museum is currently hosting Alchemy: From Dust to Form. This show of 50 works covers functional pots, sculpture, and installation work from emerging and established ceramic artists. The exhibition coincides with this years NCECA conference and the UF preconference Creating Meaning. The show has an excellent online catalog. Check it out here or visit in person until September. I'm looking forward to seeing it when I visit in a few weeks.
Here are a few highlights:
Jennifer Allen Oil and Vinegar Cruets2010 – Porcelain
Fired cone 10 reduction
6.5 x 13 x 6 inches
Modest volumes and tailored profiles transition into generous knobs and ruffled edges. Details such as folds, seams, darts, dimples and pleats record the hand’s process of making as they relate to my love of fabric. The exterior surface contains patterning inspired by a fondness of textile design. I glean from post WWII textiles, Arts and Crafts Era designs and Edo period kimono fabrics as sources that historically honor and celebrate everyday life.
Amanda Small Zoetics2008 – Porcelain, slip, fiberglass, insulation foam, resin, digital imagery, vinyl
Technology allows us intimate views of otherwise invisible worlds. Our relationship with nature is vastly explored and exploited through this technology. Access to inter-cellular landscapes offers elaborate glimpses of chimeric worlds. Delicate layers arranged in undulating patterns reference internal structures found in nature, biology, and plant life, and discuss the relationship between ourselves, our technology, and our subsequent experience of nature. I signify my ideas about a living web through metaphor, using sacred geometry, radials, and lattice patterns to reference architecture found within living structures. Repetitive patterns common in nature act as an allegory for a collective identity, and reference the inter-connectedness of living things. Parallel symmetries found beneath the surface of organisms suggest kinships beyond comprehension. Simultaneously, my employment of unfired clay and slip remind us that our own subjectivity and relationships are in flux.
Garth Johnson Made in China 12010 – Porcelain
6 x 7 x 2 inches