They are having two shows concurrently (and will be at NCECA 2011): "The Art of Function", and "Contemporary Traditions of Art Pottery" . For those not familiar with pottery, there's basically two kinds. That which is usable to hold things, or make tea, etc., i.e., functional, and that which is sculptural. The picture above is a view of the main room, where the "Art of Function" is being shown, which includes work by top functional ceramic artists like Jennifer Allen, Posey Bacopoulos, Elaine Coleman, Tom Coleman, Marty Fielding, Susan Filley, Peter Karner, Moira Mathison, Branan Mercer, Cheyenne Rudolph, Nigel Rudolph, Amy Sanders, Stephanie Schorr & Gay Smith.
The picture doesn't do this small bowl by Tom Coleman justice. The front edge of the lip of the bowl is washed out, but the view of the interior gives a much better idea of the delicacy of the glazes and how beautifully modulated the colors are. This bowl took my breath away. Tom and his wife Elaine are both renowned potters known for their innovative techniques. They've also collaborated for thirty-five years.
This shows more of Tom's work, and on the lower right, you can see another view of the bowl above.
At right is Elaine (aka :"The Celadon Queen") Coleman's work. Note the surface design for which she is famous. Look carefully. These are not just incisions, but also additions of clay to the surface.
Peter Karner does these distinctive pieces with strong, yet living geometric patterns. Some look quite tribal, others more abstracted. They are done by layering various glazes, using brushwork, wax resist, and liquid latex. He hails presently from Colorado. Like most of the artists in this show, his work has been published and shown widely.
The "Contemporary Traditions of Art Pottery" show at Craftsman House is in one of the side rooms of this house. The picture on the left gives a very good idea of the variety of work in the show.
Suzanne Crane's work is hand-thrown stoneware. Some of the biomorphic forms are direct pressings, leaving fossil imprints on the clay. Several techniques are employed to achieve the glazes, including waxing, dripping, wiring and brushing. What makes these stand out for me is the contrast between the ordered pattern of the geometric incisions, and the spontaneous-looking natural fossil impressions.
A beautiful display of work from Jemerick Art Pottery, by Steve Frederick & Cherie Jemsek from the Catskills.
Pewabic Pottery was founded by Mary Chase Perry Stratton in1903 and is still operating. Their NCECA collection includes limited edition glazes, vases and tiles. Truly beautiful decorative objects.
In closing....these three beautiful lamps by David & Melanie Leppla, from Vermont, caught my eye.
Congratulations to Craftsman House [Link] for two wonderful shows.