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.”