Located in a “transitional neighborhood” among automobile repair shops and salvage yards is a unique collection of artists and galleries. Among them is Plinth Gallery, an intimate exhibition space for fine ceramic works of art, and studio of noted ceramicist Jonathan Kaplan.
Nouveau Moche-ware, 2010
Jonathan has worked in and around the Denver ceramics scene for many years. His initial contacts were as a ceramic artist in search of Gallery representation for his own work. Then, as proprietor of the Ceramic Design Group in Steamboat Springs, he served many clients along the Front Range. After working in the clayware manufacturing business for over 15 years, he moved to Denver in 2006 to open Plinth Gallery.
There is a long and storied history of ceramic manufacturing in the region. Denver White Pottery and Robinson brick were founded in the late 1800’s. CoorsTek soon followed, and is still one of the largest technical ceramics manufacturers in North America. Ceramic education programs have been well represented and continue to grow, producing a number of well-known artists who continue to add their signatures to the ceramic scene in Colorado, and who have gained national recognition. Yet in spite of this vibrant clay art history along the Front Range, there has been no gallery devoted exclusively to fine ceramics. Until now.
Jonathan found a home for Plinth Gallery in a once bland, rectangular building that formerly housed the “Acapulco Smoke Shop”. This glass blowing and manufacturing facility served a then-thriving pipe and bong industry, well before any legal recognition of marijuana in the State of Colorado. The building had been vacant for some time, and after a four year renovation project into a live-work space, it was re-introduced as an innovative architectural structure and pristine exhibition space for artists. Plinth Gallery was honored with a 2007 Design Award and is now a recognized landmark in Denver’s fast-growing River North Art District.
Our vision for Plinth Gallery is to showcase fine ceramic art, as well as provide an educational forum for the introduction of clay arts to our community. The Gallery provides an intimate and ever-changing exhibition space for outstanding ceramic forms, whether uniquely sculptural or purely functional; and by artists both newly emerging, and the very well-recognized.
The many styles of clay expression demonstrate a broad diversity of interpretation and allows us to showcase current and exciting work on a regular basis. Plinth Gallery offers a venue for those interested in fine, contemporary, and collectible ceramics. We hope you stop in soon.