"Mud.", is an exhibition of exceptional contemporary potters. Artists Simon Leach, Marilyn Lyoshir, Jack Troy, Helen Gorsuch, Matt Wren, Nick Brown, Chris Drobnock, and Michael Long will show a broad array of ceramic works. The all star group show kicks off Saturday, March 8 with an opening reception from 8-10. Artists will exhibit works in a multitude of styles, highlighting the diverging points of view in the contemporary pottery world. Masters of classical method, students of centuries old techniques, and maverick alchemists all serve to highlight the diverse points of view present in this most ancient of art forms.
Mud. features internationally recognized stars, highly acclaimed regional artists, and up and coming talents.
Growing up surrounded by a family of potters, I draw on
those early influences: the work of my Father, (David Leach), and Grandfather, (Bernard Leach), Japanese and Korean art.
I have assimilated my surroundings; therefore my work has become a natural expression of what is personal to me.
I find the ongoing challenge of discovering my own visual language and voice as a potter both exciting and rewarding.
It is a lifetime journey. — SL -from www.simonleachpottery.com
As an artist and a businesswoman, Marilyn Lysohir draws from a deep well of ambitious creativity. Her ceramic installations, which are often astounding for their sheer size, evolve from very personal points of inspiration into pieces that are overwhelming not just physically, but also in their simplicity. Lysohir's work isn't burdened with social or political overtones; nor does it beg for speculation on the part of its audience. Instead, Lysohir tends toward a philosophy that's a bare-faced and semi-literal representation of her life and her family and friends, shrugging off complications to rest on a more literal bedrock of interpretation. - from Idaho Arts Quarterly
I have picked up, moved, shaped, and lightened myself of many tons of clay, and those tons lifted, moved, and shaped me, delivering me to this living-space I wake and move about in,
space perhaps equal to that I have opened and enclosed
in plate, cup, bowl, jug, jar. I am thankful no one ever
led me to the pit I'd help to make in Earth, or showed me all the clay at once. I'm grateful no one ever said, There. That heap's about a hundred fifty tons. Go make yourself a life. And oh, yes, here's a drum of ink. See what you can do with that.
I wouldn't have known where to begin.
-from, "Calling the Planet Home" by Jack Troy.
I am drawn to the sculptural artifacts and folk art of ancient cultures. The challenge for me is designing and constructing clay sculptures using the techniques and kiln-firing processes employed by earlier potters. Animals, myths and literature have been great sources of inspiration. The majority of my sculptural works
are based on anthropomorphic themes or natural forms which have elements of fantasy. - from SAMA exhibition
Matt Wren was studio technician at the Juniata College Ceramics Studio from 2011 - 2013 where he fired the Juniata Anagama and Jack Troy's Pixiegama and Komuri kilns all in Huntingdon, PA. During the summer of 2013 he was a studio assistant at the Sugar Maples Center for the Creative Arts in Maplecrest, NY. Now he is working out of his apartment and seeking kilns to fire in the Philadelphia area. -from www.matthewjwren.com
Driven by issues surrounding food security, right livelihood and the fallout of the Industrial Revolution, Nick Brown has been an artist-in-residence at the Cub Creek Foundation beginning in September and has been busy exploring these ideas and others through the lens of making. Having graduated with a degree in Clay and Philosophy from Juniata College in 2012, Nick focused on firing Japanese inspired wood kilns and was blessed to be a part of firing five different Anagama kilns in 2013. Nick is moving back to Central Pennsylvania from Virginia eager to develop more directed, community-born bodies of work.
I am interested in an internal response in relationship to the viewer and the object. Our ability to see a humanness, or warmth, in the work presented allows us to connect with it in a more person-to-person way, not just in personal. This interaction develops into quiet conversation between the work and ourselves. The internal dialogue opens up the pathways for further introspection and potential “enlightenment by association” rather than assuming that the object can have no real connection with us because it is inanimate and remains inaccessible.
Mr. Long is a multi media artist residing in Duncansville, PA. He is a self taught artist displaying in businesses, galleries and museums in central and western Pennsylvania. Deviating from traditional techniques, he works to breathe new life into the art world. His large installation works can be seen in the permanent collection at the Station Medical Center in Altoona, PA.
I enjoy making functional and decorative high-fired work, and have discovered that atmospheric firings (firings where heat is created by a flame that travels through the kiln) give me the look that pleases me the most. I like pots with a natural form and surface - pots that retain evidence of their plastic clay origin, and whose slips and earthy shino glazes record the path of the flame and the effects of prolonged heat. My pots are meant to be enjoyed in every day life; for a cup of tea, a meal, or to hold a bouquet of flowers for the table.
My goal is to combine the output of head, hands, and heart to make the ordinary a little more special.
- from thecooleygallery.com
March 8 - April 12
Saturday, March 8