British ceramic sculptor Kerry Jameson gave a terrific artist talk at Concord’s Lacoste Gallery today. She explained how randomness–cracks in firing, glaze crawl, and other imperfections that drive potters crazy–has become an important feature of her studio process. Instead of rejecting pieces with firing imperfections, as ceramists are usually expected to do, Jameson dismembers pieces with a hammer and re-assembles them with a special mixture of kaolin and glue. She then uses acrylic paint, fabric, feathers, and found objects to cover the surface. Her pieces seem driven by intense internal narratives, appearing both pensive and peculiar. Most work combines animal heads and human forms; a few are wholly avian.
Jameson just completed a residency at Emmanuel College in Boston. The show at Lacoste is her first in the United States. It’s up until March 15th.
At top: Donkey, ceramic and mixed media
This exhibition (on view from Jan. 31-April 26) is one of three clay exhibitions at Fuller Craft Museum this winter. The other two are: “Continuum of Innovation: Haystack Clay Selects “(February 27 – August 23) and “State of Clay” (March 7 – May 24). All three are organized in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference in Providence, RI (March 25 – 28, 2015). The reception for the three exhibitions takes place at Fuller Craft on Saturday, March 28, 2015, 2:00 – 5:00 pm with ceramic artist and educator Wayne Higby speaking at 2:00 pm.
From 1976 – 1984, ten ceramic artists operated out of a dynamic gallery and cooperative workspace in the historic A. H. Davenport building in East Cambridge, Massachusetts. Named Clay Dragon Studios, this collaborative became a springboard for creativity and an influential foundation for numerous artists in contemporary ceramics. Now 30 years later, this retrospective exhibition showcases the rich range of mature styles, diverse materials, and new developments of former Clay Dragon Studios members. This exhibition is curated by Ellen Schön, with Judith Motzkin and is dedicated to the memories of Shellie Zimmerman Brooks and Elee Koplow.
Above: Gray Fish, Nancy Train Smith, wood-fired stoneware
The Boston Athenaeum, just off the Common, houses one of American’s great collections of 19th century sculpture. Harriet Hosmer is included in the Athenaeum’s next exhibit, “American Neoclassical Sculpture.” Also on view will be work by Thomas Crawford, who gathered an American sculptors’ colony around him in Rome, where he became Louisa Lander’s teacher and champion. The exhibit begins February 26th (blizzards permitting). See the website for hours and details:
pictured: Will o’ the Wisp, marble, Harriet Hosmer, c.1856