2014 Gallery Schedule

February/March • Gail Kendall

April • Sunshine Cobb

May • MetroClay 303  

(A Juried Front Range High School Ceramics Exhibition)

June/July • Tom Kerrigan

August/September • Jury Smith

October • Harris Deller

November • Sam Chung

December/January 2015 • Peter Pincus


Gail Kendall-New Work


"Charger" terra cotta with maiolica glaze and gold lusterFor our first new exhibition of 2014, Plinth Gallery is excited to present, “New Work“, the decorative ceramics of artist Gail Kendall.  A recipient of numerous awards and grants during a lengthy academic career, Kendall was the Hixson-Lied Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska from 1987-2011. Currently Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, she pursues her studio practice full time and participates in ceramics residency programs.

Kendall’s work is highly influenced by European ceramic traditions from the 13th through the 18th centuries. She draws her inspiration from this rich history of clayware, both domestic or “peasant” type pottery and the aristocratic or “palace” pieces. Kendall works exclusively in red clay with a white engobe surface. Her decorating techniques use colred and transparent glazes, sometimes further enbellished with China paints and 22K gold luster. Gail often imagines a potter ancestor pouring slip on his earthenware platter, decorating it with the details of some local or family event, , then firing it in the simplest manner. Like this imagined ancestor, Gail shares an interest in enlivening the daily aspects of life: mundane routines and community celebrations. Like him, she “…hopes the plates, platters, bowls and other service pieces enhance those routines and rituals and they add a touch of grace to the domestic arena”.

Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan regards Kendall’s ceramics as “highly useable, impeccably decorated, and full of life. Gail Kendal is a consummate ceramic artist, a skilled decorator and manipulator of clay. Her pattern and color sensibilities enliven each piece she makes and allows us to visualize a sumptuous meal and the table set entirely with her pieces. Her work is both ornate and highly innovative.”

Kendall’s exhibition, “New Work“, will open at Plinth Gallery on First Friday, February 7th with an artist reception from 6-9pm. The exhibition will be on display through March 29th, 2014. The event is free of charge. On February 8th and 9th, Gail will present a 2-day workshop in the Plinth Gallery studio. Price for the workshop is $250 per student which includes most materials and lunch both days. College credit is available through Adams State University. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, please contact the gallery.