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Plinth Gallery
3520 Brighton Blvd
Denver CO 80216

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Thursday
Jul242014

 

 

"white-out"


New Ceramic Sculpture

by

Jury Smith

 

August 1 2014 - September 26, 2014

 


        Denver Red Drop  earthenware with majolica glaze

white·out /’(h)wit,out/ noun - A condition of diffuse light when no shadows are cast, due to a continuous white cloud layer appearing to merge with the white surface. No surface irregularities are visible, but a dark object may be clearly seen. There is no visible horizon.

 Jury Smith’s ceramic sculpture is quiet and unassuming; she works with volume and color constructing large forms finished with a subdued glaze color pallet. Her attention to surface is minimal, based on observations within the physical world. The pieces dominate the exhibition space with a reserved presence. Smith’s work has a structured methodology:

“In my studio practice, a craft approach of systems, repetition and rules, coupled with my own conceptual response through searching, filtering and gathering, allows for a sense of certainty and elasticity. I work with a limited number of forms, so the repetitive nature of my work allows small shifts to register as significant gestures.”

Smith uses her glazes as an image-making material, while still considering the glaze attributes of sheen and texture.  In her “Grey Series”, she uses perspective by way of horizon or water lines, to activate a point of departure. Her “Color Series” uses colors to explore the interaction between color and function. When placed on a ceramic form, she sees these colors as more clearly revealing function.

“Geometric forms are primary to my work. The intent is to express a familiar and open quality that indirectly engages memory. Some forms appear quite simple, while others are visually active and almost kinetic. This kinetic quality directs attention towards the mutable and the impossibility of being truly static. Moment to moment, color and contrast impress upon form to either reveal or disguise an object. Viewed from a distance or up close, these elements engage in a constant (though often subtle) state of flux. My current body of work explores these visual transitions as expressions of personal experience.”

Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan regards Jury Smith’s ceramic sculpture as, “thoughtful and reflective of the interaction between object and space. The strength of her work resides in its simplicity.”  

Thursday
May292014

 

 

 

Desert Influences

Ceramic Work by Tom Kerrigan

 

Plinth Gallery is pleased to present the ceramic work by artist Tom Kerrigan. Kerrigan holds an MFA from Ohio University and has held academic appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Minnesota. He is presently retired from teaching and currently maintains a studio practice in Tucson, Arizona. His work is in collections of the Los Angeles County Museum, Museum of Art and Design, and General Mill Corporation. The artist has taught workshops in the United States, China, Ireland, German and Australia. Previous exhibitions of his ceramic work have been in Yixing, China and Kilkenny, Ireland.

 

Kerrigan’s work is deeply influenced by his Sonoran Desert surroundings. He incises the surfaces of his sculptures with playful sketch-like markings that are further highlighted with ceramic pigment or glaze. These drawings help emphasize the connection he has with his surrounding environment.  The surfaces decoration presents an interesting counterpoint to his strong forms, parts of which resemble cactus or desert rock. While Kerrigan makes sculptural vessels that can have a very quiet presence, others can be humorous, sensual, or even erotic.

Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan remarks, “Kerrigan is a deeply introspective individual and I am very excited to have an artist of his stature exhibiting at Plinth Gallery. He brings a considerable wealth of experience with his innovative techniques of making sculptural vessels. His work has a very quiet yet dominating presence.”

Kerrigan’s exhibition “Desert Influences” will open at Plinth Gallery First Friday June 6th with an artist reception from 6-9pm. The even is free of charge, and the exhibition will be on display through July 26th

Saturday
Apr192014

Sunshine Cobb

 "Jeans and a T Shirt"

 

In April, Sunshine Cobb will join Plinth Gallery for her ceramic exhibition, “Jeans and a T-Shirt”.  This title is drawn from a conversation she had with a friend and references the “…everyday, comfortable, and ultimately utilitarian type of pots…” that she makes. 

Sunshine is from Helena, MT where she is currently a long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation.  She received her BA from Cal State Sacramento, and MFA from Utah State University.  Sunshine has been recognized as an “Emerging Artist” by Ceramics Monthly in 2012, and the National Council for Education in Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in 2013. 

Sunshine uses a red clay body and hand builds most of her pieces, using soft slabs, coil and pinch techniques.  She is known for her distinctive shapes and finished surfaces, which she creates by sanding, or often sandblasting, to show decay, “…wear and tear, a kind of broken-in look”.  The combination of how the surface looks as well as feels is important in her work, it is the relationship between the visual and tactile.  Sunshine says,   “I always use the favorite T shirt idea, I want my work to have the worn in feel to it, loved and used to the point it has your own personal history imbedded in its surface.

Through form and surface, my goal is to communicate a sense of home and memory but also to evoke that feeling of wanderlust that has informed my own life and visual sensibilities. By exploring and creating vessels kept within arm’s reach, I hope to communicate how an object’s significance can grow and change depending on the path of a person’s life.”  Enthusiasm and fun are major parts of her studio practice.

Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan further elaborates, “Sunshine Cobb is one of several young makers that have redefined hand-built ceramics.  She has handsomely articulated new forms and surfaces that have brought her numerous awards and recognition in a very short time.  Her studio practice is an ongoing discovery of ideas, of finding something new, and then manifesting it her object making. Her body of work is a refreshing approach to both function and containment. We are excited to have Sunshine and her work at Plinth and look forward to this casual and fun exhibition!”

Sunshine’s exhibition, “Jeans and a T-Shirt“, will open at Plinth Gallery on First Friday, April 4th with an artist reception from 6-9pm. The event is free of charge, and the exhibition will be on display through April 26th.

 

Sunday
Jan262014

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.