Monday, September 8, 2008

Thanks for a Great Opening Night!

Bowl on Three Legs
Jane Nishii

Thanks to everyone who attended the opening night of SAC Clay: Invitational Show of Faculty and Student Work on Saturday night! We had a great turnout of ceramics admirers and enthusiasts. Each piece has its own special and unique quality, and altogether made for a wonderfully varied show. A late addition is Jane Nishii's piece Bowl on Three Legs, which she brought to serve salad out of at the opening! The salad was awsome too!

Zen Rock Vase
Karl Tani
This piece has been sold, but you can still come in to appreciate it and check out Karl's other work!

Thirteen pieces sold by the end of the night, including three by Karl Tani, who was so appreciative of the response. He combines found objects like rocks and driftwood with ceramics to create unique vases. He's also made a series of "imperfect" bowls with bold glazing choices. We just can't get enough!

Our show features works by ceramics instructors and selected advance-level students, including Chemers Gallery veterans Patrick Crabb, Grace Chang and Tim Keenan.

Below are samples of other student's work and artist's statements:

Cathy Eriksen I designed a “Goal-Oriented” idea consisting of 4 pieces: Base, Target, Self Figure, Arrow. I included my love of tile mosaics on the base. All tiles were glazed and fired, then broken into pieces to create the mosaic. It represents the many pieces needed to attain the targeted goal. The “self” figure has a big heart and big eye. To be “targeted” I need to keep an open mind, open heart, and open eyes to make it through any changes to finish the goal. The figure’s head is a filmstrip denoting “pictures in my mind” to help visualize the goal. The arrow and plaster base are purchased items that have been slightly altered and acrylic painted.

Debbie Kupinsky Through the use and transformation of figurines, dolls and other sentimentalized objects or images I am putting the ideal of the sentimental against the grotesque. I am especially influenced by figurines and how they straddle the space between the intimate and domestic and sculpture. My work is both familiar and strange as it echoes the everyday world while remaking it in an unexpected way so that the pieces suggest fragility, sentimentality and nostalgia.

Scott B. Young The “profile” slab mask is inspired by Hawaiian “Tiki” sculptures; ceramic artist Rudy Autio's “ears” on his sculptural vessels and artist Akio Takamori's brushwork on his figurative vessels and sculpture. Scott’s 3-piece slab masks are assembled together at the leather hard stage. He uses only his hands and fingers as the tools to push in, stretch out and fold in the slab to fabricate the facial features of each mask expression. There's no adding of clay to create the facial features.

“I like to people watch and in my observations I try to capture those facial expressions that we see and confront in our everyday life.”

SAC Clay: Invitational Show of Faculty and Student Work will be on show until September 20th.

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