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Plinth Gallery
3520 Brighton Blvd
Denver CO 80216

Gallery Hours 

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

303 295-0717

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                  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.” 


Peter Pincus  "Accomplice"


Plinth Gallery is pleased inaugurate our 2015 exhibition schedule with the colorful ceramic work of Peter Pincus. Peter began his studies at Genesee Pottery while in high school, then attended Alfred University where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005. Upon graduation, he moved to northern California, where he was awarded a residency at the Mendocino Art Center. From 2006-2009, Peter served as the studio manager and instructor at the Turk Hill Craft School in Fairport, NY, followed by completion of his Master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in 2011.  Peter has come full circle and is currently the studio manager at the Genesee Pottery, where his studies began. In addition, he is Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. Peter has a studio in Penfield, NY, and spends much of his free time sanding plaster, playing with colored slip and taping bisque-ware.

His highly decorative ceramic vessels are studies in both color and form. The pieces in this exhibition are all made in a relationship to the color or composition of what he refers to as a “partner piece.” Using colored clays and mold making techniques, Pincus deftly crafts highly decorative wares that are “three dimensional paintings out of pots.” He combines hard edge color arrangements that effortlessly float on the surfaces of his ceramic forms. He uses the vessel form as a canvas: pattern and symmetry occupy the surface and articulate the structure of his forms. His ceramics are opulent, full of color and either richly presented with a covering of clear glaze, or left unglazed, with those sections lush and soft to the touch, deeply saturated with ceramic pigment that permeates through the entire piece.

Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan describes Pincus’ ceramics as “highly structured vessels”, calling Pincus an exquisite craftsman, whose melding of surface and form together in subtle ways excites our sensibilities about ceramics. Pincus understands the simple concepts of line and edge, playing them off of each other with a fastidious attention to both form and color.

Peter Pincus’ exhibition “Accomplice” opens on First Friday, February 6th from 6pm-9pm, the event is free of charge and open to the public. The work will be on display through March 28th.   For more information, contact Plinth Gallery at 303-295-0717 or Plinth Gallery is a proud member of the River North Art District (