I'm happy to be a part of this great big show at Clay Art Center.
What was once thought of as a simple vessel with historical roots and centuries of tradition has today developed into vessels with lots to say; the pot has turned HOT. Co-curators, Judith Schwartz, Ph.D. and Adam Chau present HOT POTS, the last installment of a year of programs, symposia, workshops and exhibitions that highlight the ceramic art of those artists who live in the New York metropolitan area. From sculptural vessels to functional pottery, fifty artists have been invited to share their current expression. They live and work within our region building careers and adding to the craft/clay community. Some focus on the vessel format, while others use the vessel as a stepping stone toward more sculptural concerns. Some choose humor, gesture, movement, color, form or pattern as motifs, but whatever the style they share a passion for the clay pot as a core principle of understanding and aesthetic involvement with ceramics.
In addition, the new IN OUR BACKYARD catalog, featuring all 5 exhibits from January to November 2016 will be unveiled and available at the preview and opening reception.
Participating Artists include:
David Alban, Jocelyn Armstrong, Posey Bacopoulos, Barry Bartlett, Hayne Bayless, Eve Behar, Jenny Blumenfield, Beth Bolgia, Bob Clyatt, William Coggin, Bryan Czibesz, Gary Dipasquale, Kathy Erteman, Suzy Goodelman, Lynn Goodman, Chris Gustin, Louise Harter, Susan Heller, Sin-Ying Ho, Judith Eloise Hooper, Waldo Jones, Lana Kova, Shida Kuo, Haakon Lenzi, Kate Missett, Puneeta Mittal, Tony Moore, Anne Mulford, Sana Musasama, Nicholas Newcomb, Matt Nolen, Janice Patrignani, Frances Palmer, Doug Peltzman, Brenda Quinn, Barbara Rocco, Tim Rowan, Lindsey Schneider, Bruce Sherman, Anat Shiftan, Phillis Kudder Sullivan, Julie Tesser, Kevin Thomas, Joan Walton, Dustin Yager, Arnie Zimmerman
About the Curators:
Judith S. Schwartz, Ph. D., serves on Clay Art Center’s Board of Directors and is a Professor at New York University, and Head of Sculpture: Craft Media Area, teaching studio courses in undergrad and graduate area sculpture and mixed media. She is a curator and author of national and international exhibitions and articles on contemporary ceramics, and author of Confrontational Ceramics, (A & C Black, London and University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). Curator of All Fired Up for the Westchester Arts Council which featured her exhibition, Confrontational Ceramics and most recently curator of InCiteful Clay which is currently touring the 2014-2017. She is an honorary member of NCECA, a J. D. Rockefeller III grantee and received the Everson Museum’s award for excellence in art education, Fulbright Senior Specialist to the National School of Art and Design, Dublin, and educator of the year award Renwick Museum of Art, Washington, DC.
Adam Chau is an administrator for Clay Art Center’s Adult Education and Exhibitions programs. He has worked internationally in the design field, notably at Atelier Ted Noten in The Netherlands and Fabrica in Treviso, Italy. His education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has brought him to research the effects of digital technology in studio ceramics. Recent publications include Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, and Ceramics Technical. His symposium on digital ceramics will take place at Clay Art Center in September 2017.