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Plinth Gallery
3520 Brighton Blvd
Denver CO 80216

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We are open
12-5pm Thursday - Saturday
and most First Fridays.
We are also open by appointment.

303 295-0717

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Teapot, 10" h, slab built clay with pigment

Harris Deller

For our November 2015 exhibition, we are pleased to continue to host the work of Harris Deller. The artist holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from The Cranbrook Academy of Art and has a lengthy career as a university educator at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is a recipient of a Fullbright Fellowship, an excellence in teaching award from the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts, and is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.  His ceramic vessels have been widely exhibited and anthologized.

Deller uses primarily black pigment on white porcelain clay. Some recent work has more color inlayed on the suface in addition to his use of black. He makes vessels that he refers to “provocative contradictions.” Deller exploits the dimensional qualities by purposely minimizes depth, or that third dimension. "I deliberately limited my visual vocabulary so as to challenge myself to investigate the permutations of all the selected formal elements and search for forms that have meaning."

Constructed from slabs of porcelain clay, they appear to contain a full volume but as the piece is fully viewed, we see that he has altered our perception by flattening the form, in what he refers to as ”abstracted forms with the third dimension suppressed in varying degrees.”  There is also an anthropomorphic quality in his work that relates to “stance, gesture and stride.” These human references are derivative of ceramic terminology, such as the base of a vessel being a “foot, the top edge being a lip, and the surface embellishment often noted as “skin or clothing.” Human activity has historically included pottery making and in all cultures, has always been about containment, a necessity for preservation of essential foods and drink. Deller’s ceramic work continues the idea of containment.

Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan views Harris Deller’s ceramic work as  “a study of how formal elements are abstracted. His vessel forms suggest larger volumes but are dimensionally manipulated. His work is mature and extremely thoughtful. I am pleased to present Harris Deller’s ceramics to our Denver and Front Range audience.

The gallery will be open for First Friday November 6, 2015 from 6pm-9pm and the exhibition will be on display through November 28, 2016. Please join us for this event, which is free and open to the public. Plinth Gallery is located in the River North Art District 



                  Patrick Crabb

                                                   "Contemporary Artifacts"                             

Our summer exhibition series continues through September 26 with the ceramic constructions of Patrick Shia Crabb. Born in Shanghai, Patrick holds an MFA from University of California-Santa Barbara, and has a lengthy teaching career at Santa Ana College. He is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award and his work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in solo and juried exhibitions. Patrick’s ceramic work is included in numerous collections including The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, The Taipei Museum of Art, and the International Ceramics Museum in Faenza Italy.

 Patrick refers to his lengthy career in ceramics as a “magic carpet ride.” He acknowledges that the sources of his creativity come from hiking in the American Southwest and viewing shards along the trail, and his international travels where he has been exposed to the ancient artifacts of many cultures and countries.

 His work contains a matrix of pieces that he has “deconstructed” and then reassembles them into what he refers to as “contemporary artifacts”. By using this process, each piece is unique and conveys a sense of mystery, magic and visual power.  Their painter-like qualities, resulting from the assemblage of essentially shards of his work, result in vessels that he refers to as “multi-cultural compositions”. Patrick uses a variety of ceramic techniques to create his work, wheel thrown and altered forms, slab and press molded constructions, and fired in multiple ways to provide the color, surface and texture that he sees as “reflections of our culture in the 21st century”.

 Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan sees Crabbs’ constructions as “mysterious in their underlying composition. Crabbs iconography of pattern, shape, texture, and color coupled with his mastery of composition present the viewer layers of visual information. These visual references allow us to reference his understanding of the cultural and historical importance of ceramics. I am pleased to present his work to the Denver and Front Range audience.”

Plinth Gallery will be open from 6pm-9pm on First Friday September 4. “Contemporary Artifacts” continues on display until September 26, 2015. Please join us for this event which is free and open to the public. Plinth Gallery is located in the River North Art District (



                   The Slipcast Object Revisited

                           An International Juried Exhibition of  Slipcast Ceramics


 Jennifer Holt "an Act of Futility" slipcast porcelain                   

For our June and July exhibition, Plinth Gallery will present, “The Slipcast Object Revisited”. This show opens on the 10th anniversary of the first “Slipcast Object” exhibition, hosted in 2005 by Ceramic Design Group in Steamboat Springs, curated by Jonathan Kaplan with Richard Notkin as the Juror.

We are honored to have ceramic artist Heather Mae Erickson (  as the Juror for this new exhibition. A nationally recognized artist, Heather Mae is currently Assistant Professor of Ceramics and Studio Art at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. She also spent a number of years teaching ceramics in Colorado; her resume includes The University of Colorado at Boulder, Arapahoe Community College, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Red Rocks Community College, and Colorado Mountain College. Her slipcast ceramic work has been exhibited worldwide and can be seen in Denver at Plinth Gallery.  We received over 200 entries for this exhibition from both national and international artists, and from these submissions, Heather Mae selected 65 works that will highlight the very unique way ceramic artists use the slipcasting process to create their work. 

Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan explains, “This is indeed a unique and special show. The exhibition is the second of its kind solely devoted to slipcast ceramics. Slipcasting is undergoing a renaissance in the studio as a process to make forms of any shape with astounding results. I am excited to open this show at Plinth Gallery”.

“The Slipcast Object Revisited” opens on First Friday, June 5th, with an artist reception from 5-10pm.  Awards and other presentations will be made during the evening, with food, wine and entertainment provided by Baba and Pop’s Kitchen, Balistreri Winery, and local musician Casey Cormie

On Saturday afternoon June 6th, Plinth Gallery will host a presentation by artist Peter Saenger, ( who will discuss his slipcasting techniques. The event is free and open to the public. Plinth Gallery is located in the River North Art District (  

Peter Saenger "Teapot Trio" slip-trailed and cast porcelain 


Courtney Murphy


exhibition and workshop

For our May exhibition, Plinth Gallery introduces the newest work of ceramic artist Courtney Murphy in the exhibition, “Dot, Dot Dot….”  Joining us from Missoula, MT, Courtney brings work influenced by simplified abstractions of nature, children's artwork, folk art, mid-century modern forms and shapes, as well as textiles, patterns and historical pots. Courtney is simultaneously attracted to worn surfaces showing the passage of time, and clean, simple, elegantly utilitarian forms.  She pays careful attention to line in her drawings, as well as in the profiles or outlines of the forms themselves. She works slowly, at first roughing out a form then refining it, both in the greenware stage, then again as she applies slip and decoration. She is intrigued by the subtleties and imperfections found in handmade objects, and the way in which these marks reflect the maker of the piece.

Courtney began working with clay while living in Brooklyn, NY. After several years of working for potters around the city, she moved to Portland, OR to study Ceramics at Oregon College of Art & Craft. She has been a Resident Artist at Guldagergaard Ceramic Research Foundation in Denmark, The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and most recently the Clay Studio of Missoula. She was chosen as an emerging artist by “Ceramics Monthly” in 2011, and her work has appeared in numerous books and publications including “American Craft,” “Pottery Making Illustrated,” and “Ceramics: Art and Perception.” Her work is shown in several galleries around the country including here at Plinth Gallery.

“A slight change in the profile or image on a piece creates a different mood or feeling. These subtle differences help determine whether a person will be drawn to one piece over another;  so much lies in the details. Creating functional work interests me because these handmade objects leave my studio to become part of somebody else's daily routine. I am interested in the personal connection and moments of quiet contemplation handmade objects help to create. I also appreciate the act of making and using handmade objects in a world where the handmade is often overlooked for the more convenient and readily accessible.”

“Dot, Dot, Dot…” opens at Plinth on First Friday, May 1st, with an artist reception from 6-9pm.  Her work will be on display through May 30th.  On May 2-3, Courtney will conduct a 2 day workshop in the Plinth Gallery Studio, “Decorating on Greenware with Underglazes, Slips and Terra Sigillata”.  During this workshop, she will demonstrate her techniques used to throw, trim and decorate forms. She will then show how she decorates on greenware with an opaque white slip, and decorating with slip trailers and incised lines and dots. The workshop fee is $250 which includes all materials and lunch both days. Contact Plinth Gallery at 303-295-0717,  or for more information and to register.  Plinth Gallery is located in the River North Art District (


Andrea Moon

Specific Structure


For our April exhibition, Plinth Gallery welcomes ceramic artist Andrea Moon and her solo exhibition, “Specific Structure”.  Moon grew up in Northwest Ohio and began making ceramics at the Packer Creek Pottery Company before attending Bowling Green State University where she received her BFA in 3-Dimensional Studies, followed by her MFA in Ceramics at Texas Tech University. Andrea has held Artist in Residence positions at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. She is currently the Residency and Communications Coordinator of the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. She has been chosen as a 2015 Raphael Founder’s Prize finalist by the Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh PA.

Moon’s work is about building structural forms using repetitive clay parts in which she creates volume and form. Her clay compositions reflect the transition to domesticity in her personal life. Using the analogy of “using bricks to build a home”, her work is constructed using multiple clay parts to make a larger vessel. Each part is obsessively placed to build both an inner and outer form. She uses these complex structures to explore ideas about “shelters and dwellings as a means to find a sense of place and home.”  Moon says of her work, “In my search for a particular space and comfortable surroundings, I find my happiness in the movement of my life choices.  As that appreciation continues forward, I seek balance by creating clay structures that reflect my graciousness toward my present, past, and future. "

Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan notes “Andrea Moon’s coil built constructions are a personal exploration of a sense of place driven by her life choices.  The gentle undulations of form enhanced by the repetitive use of textural coil elements are both provocative and compelling.”