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Exhibitions

Ceramic Innovations

Juried Ceramics Exhibition

April 1 – April 29, 2017
Davenport Gallery

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This international juried exhibition is dedicated to enhancing the public's awareness of contemporary ceramics while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share their functional and sculptural creative endeavors.

Juror – Chris Gustin, Founding Member of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME and Owner, Gustin Ceramics Tile Production.

Gustin earned his BFA in ceramics in 1975 from Kansas City Art Institute and then his MFA in 1977 from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. His 20-year teaching career included terms at Parson’s School of Design, Boston University and the Swain School of Design (later Southeastern Massachusetts University, now University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth), where he headed the ceramics program. Along with other ceramicists, Gustin founded the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in 1986, which continues to offer residencies to artists from around the world. He now runs Gustin Ceramics Tile Production and produces large-scale sculptural and studio ceramics.

Says Gustin, “I am interested in pottery that makes connections to the human figure. The figurative analogies used to describe pots throughout history all in some way invite touch. The pots that I respond to all speak of a clear, direct sense of the hand. The hand is celebrated in the work by its maker, whether it is that of a fifteenth century rural potter or a nineteenth century court artisan. And it becomes a necessary tool for the user in understanding the relationship of the object to its function, and subsequently, to how that object informs one’s life.”

Co-Juror of Awards - Jim Lawton, Professor of Ceramics and Chair of the Artisanry Department at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and Trustee of the Board of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

James Lawton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Constructive Design at Florida State University, Tallahassee in 1976 and MFA in Ceramics at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge in 1980.  

Lawton joined the faculty at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth in 1998 where he is currently Professor of Ceramics and Chair of the Artisanry Department.    Prior appointments include the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1992-98, where he was tenured Professor, as well as visiting professorships at Alfred University, Louisiana State University, and University of Michigan. Additionally, he leads workshops and presents lectures across the country and abroad.

He is on the Board of Trustees of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, an artist residency located in Newcastle, Maine and has served previously on the Board of Studio Potter Magazine.  

Lawton has received numerous awards, including two National Endowment Visual Arts Fellowships, the South Carolina Artist Fellowship Grant, and academic research grants from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Lawton’s work is in the collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; L.A. County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; the Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY; and the Icheon World Ceramic Center, South Korea, among others; and in numerous private collections.

Awards

Juror Chris Gustin and Co-Juror of Awards Jim Lawton will award over $3,000 in prizes to the most deserving artists and their work. Jim Lawton will give a juror's talk during the Meet the Artists on April 1 from 3-5 and present the awards at the Opening Reception from 5-7.

Ceramic Innovations Artists

Crista Ann Ames (Missoula, MT)
Darien A-Johnson (Atlanta, GA)
Posey Bacopoulos (New York, NY)
Kenneth Scott Baskin (Lake Charles, LA)
Hayne Bayless (Ivoryton, CT)
Jill Beech (Coatesville, PA)
Lisa Belsky (Columbus, OH)
Todd Burns (Louisville, KY)
Ann Chahbandour (Philadelphia, PA)
John Joseph Costanza (Bryn Mawr, PA)
Matthew Neil Courtney (Philadelphia, PA)
Peter Cunicelli (Philadelphia, PA)
Samantha Diamond (Cochranville, PA)
Angela Dieffenbach (Chicago, IL)
Mari Emori (Hayward, CA)
David Ferro and Carly Van Anglen (Glenside, PA)
Holly Fischer (Raleigh, NC)
Debra Fleury (Malden, MA)
Vicente G. Garcia (Simsbury, CT)
John Gargano (Lafayette, LA)
Ryan J. Greenheck (Philadelphia, PA)
Marguerita Hagan (Philadelphia, PA)
Lois Harvey (Philadelphia, PA)
Rebecca C. Harvey (Worthington, OH)
Zak Helenske (Seattle, WA)
John W. Hopkins (Grand Terrace, CA)
Hiromi Iyoda (Kansas city, MO)
Lucien Koonce (Haydenville, MA)
Stephanie Lanter (Emporia, KS)
Clay Leonard (Webster, TX)
Wen-Dan Lin (Kansas City, MO)
Brandon Lipe (Edinboro, PA)
Wendy Liss (Devon, PA)
Hollie Lyko (Syracuse, NY)
Virginia Jean Marsh (Richardson, TX)
Jennifer Martin (Havertown, PA)
Jennifer McCandless (Windsor, CT)
Helen Otterson (Morehead, KY)
Gillian Jackie Parke (Durham, NC)
Mandy Parslow (Tipperary, Ireland)
Jason Michael Pastorello (Cambridge, MA)
Douglas A. Peck (Santa Fe, NM)
Hannah Marie Pierce (Edinboro, PA)
Joshua T. Primmer (Rumford, RI)
Bruce Eric Riggs (Narvon, PA)
Raymond Rorke (Philadelphia, PA)
Judith Rosenthal (Cherry Hill, NJ)
Tammie Rubin (Austin, TX)
Peter Saenger (Newark, DE)
Lauren Skelly Bailey (East Meadow, NY)
Marina Smelik (Palo Alto, CA)
Andrew J. Snyder (Rising Sun, MD)
Helge Speth (Wenonah, NJ)
Kourtney Stone (Baltimore, MD)
Keri Straka (Framingham, MA)
William Sulit (Devon, PA)
Hannah Thompsett (Allentown, NY)
Charles Timm-Ballard (Walla Walla, WA)
Joan Ulrich (Alexandria, VA)
Judit Varga (Rockville, MD)
Von Venhuizen (Lubbock, TX)
Claudia von Boch (Pully, Switzerland)
Michael Ware (Milwaukee, WI)
Stephen Wolochowicz (Ogden, UT)
Matt Wren (Phoenixville, PA)
Shiyuan Xu (Houston, TX)

 

Calendar of Events

April 1, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Juror's Lecture and Meet the Artists

April 1, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Opening Reception for Ceramics Innovations and Essential Earth

April 1 – April 29, 2017
(Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, closed on Sundays)
Exhibition dates

April 2 – April 3, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Chris Gustin workshop. Please register at www.wayneart.org for the workshop.

 

Ceramic Innovation artists: Book your room at the Courtyard Devon Mariott here.

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