Here’s the press release for a show I’ll be participating in during NCECA and through the summer. It’s a great honor.
“Ritual Unmoored: Celebration of Ceramics Past and Present in Exhibition of Six Oregon Ceramic Artists
in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference
March 22-September 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 22, 5-7pm
Hours: 10am-6pm, Daily
PSU Broadway Gallery, Lincoln Hall, Ground Floor; 1620 SW Park Avenue
Ritual Unmoored features six noted Oregon Jewish artists who fashion vessels, abstract or figurative sculptures, and wall pieces, to reimagine the ritual object, and other traditional forms. Sponsored by the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and Portland State University’s College of the Arts and organized by Willa Schneberg, the exhibition includes work by Patricia Berman, Linda Bourne, Betty Feves, Kenneth Pincus, Willa Schneberg, and Maria Simon.
The ceramic artists featured are working in stoneware, earthenware, porcelain, and colored clay. Their work exemplifies the balance between utility and beauty, which lies at the heart of human creativity – how to adapt to the needs of everyday life while reaching for the sublime. Some pieces are oxidized and low-fired, others are wood-fired to high temperatures. Works are thrown, hand-built, carved, constructed, pigmented with terra sigillata, underglazed, glazed with ash, overglazed, lustered, and painted.
Some pieces are secular in nature, while others are informed by the celebration of the natural world and the feminine divine. Some adhere to Jewish tradition as re-envisioned forms unmoored from ritual tradition. All find final form, perfected over time, through each artist’s particular ritual: wedging, throwing, hand-building and carving, performed with practice and discipline in his or her studio space.
Ritual Unmoored: Works by Six Jewish Ceramists is presented by Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education at Portland State University’s College of the Arts Broadway Gallery, in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts conference in Portland, March 22-25, 2017″
A few pieces from the last months of 2016
Greetings! I’ve been busy in the garden, hiking in Oregon, Colorado and Maine this summer, but good things are happening in the studio too.
New work will be ready for prime time soon, but meanwhile please stop by the Willamette Ceramics Guild booth at the Corvallis Fall Festival, this weekend, September 24 and 25, in Central Park. 9 Guild artists will be showing our work. It’s always a wonderfully creative and interesting booth to visit
Hot from Susan’s kiln. Some wood, some gas, and a hint of soda made for lovely warm reds and oranges, and a smooth surface that feels good in the hand. These are 9 inches high and perfect for table use or flowers.
Many characters will show up as hanging pieces this year. You can always find a spot on the wall for something you love!
There will be many new and different pieces in my booth at the show, but they almost all have faces. The miniatures are a brand new and very affordable item, which invite you to make up your own story about just what might be going on behind these countenances. $25-$45
Look for me in Booth 106!