Call for entries

The Slip Cast Object


A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Slip Cast Ceramic Work

Juror: Heather Mae Erickson

June 5th-July 25, 2015

Call for entry dates March 16-April 10,, 2015

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The Slip Cast Object Revisited will be the 10th anniversary of the first Slip Cast Object exhibition that was held in Steamboat Springs Colorado in 2005.

This first national exhibition devoted to slip cast ceramics was organized by Jonathan Kaplan and Ceramic Design Group. Richard Notkin was the juror for this exhibition.



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Plinth Gallery
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Denver CO 80216

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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 (


 Sam Chung   "Skyscapes"

                November 7, 2014 through January 2015


Sam Chung teaches ceramics in the Herberger College School of Art at Arizona State University. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from St. Olaf College and received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. His work is well anthologized both nationally and internationally, and is featured in many collections including the Taipei County Yingge Museum in Taiwan, the Incheon World Ceramic Center in Korea, and The Everson Museum of Art in New York. His vessels reflect deep historical and cultural references. Whether teapots, containers or tableware, Sam’s work is thoughtful, well designed and impeccably made. 

“I am interested in the way pots have the unique ability to serve a multitude of roles and functions. They can exhibit decorative beauty, bring attention to more functional or tactile concerns, and also create historical, cultural and experiential associations. I work within the context of pottery to exploit its universal familiarity and impose my own vision for merging historically and culturally disparate influences. I am curious about the relationships I see among various forms of creative expression from both past and present, and try to bring forth a new language of pottery for the future.”

Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan further elaborates, “Sam Chung’s distinct work is the result of an understanding of the importance of design while also an awareness of the history and tradition of ceramics. His work moves beyond mere utility and convention by balancing form, function, and design, and is a fresh approach to vessel-making.” 

“Skyscapes” opens at Plinth Gallery First Friday, November 7, with an artist reception from 6-9pm.  The event is free and open to the public, and will be on display through January 2015.  Plinth Gallery will also host a 2-day ceramic workshop instructed by Sam Chung on Nov. 8-9.  Cost to attend is $265 which includes all material.  Please contact the gallery at 303-295-0717 or for further information and to register.

 Plinth Gallery is located at 3520 Brighton Blvd, Denver, in the River North Art District.  





New Ceramic Sculpture


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.”  





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


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.