For our March exhibition, Plinth Gallery presents “Divertimento”, a new body of ceramic work by artist Jonathan Kaplan. Kaplan is the owner and curator of Plinth Gallery and has been active in the field of ceramics for over 40 years as an artist, designer, author, and educator.Building on the 2011 exhibition, “Prelude”, and most recently, “New Ceramic Forms” at Laramie County Community College, Kaplan continues to explore the textured slab and his signature use of industrial parts and fittings in this new work. The pieces in “Divertimento” reflect his interpretation of the theme of parts and wholes, or what Kaplan refers to as “the combination of singular objects combined to make complex forms.”
Join Jonathan and Plinth Gallery for this opening reception with the artist on First Friday, March 1, 6-9pm.
"Teapot on Plinth"Jonathan Kaplan
The Train Kiln will fire up again March 13-16!
This was such a great event the last time so we are doing it again, with help from members of the Boulder Pottery Lab, Boulder High School art students, and possibly a few others. Please join us!
The tentative schedule for this 4-day event is:
Wednesday March 13: Kiln Loading: morning/afternoon
There will be a Kiln Lighting ceremony when loading is complete.
March 13 through March 14: Kiln Firing!
Friday March 15 all day: Kiln Cooling. NO PEEKING! Well, maybe just a little.
We will unload the kiln on Saturday afternoon, March 16. More information will be posted on our Facebook page as we fine-tune the details.
Connecting the Dots - Hand-built Ceramics, Design and Construction
On April 6-7, Lisa Pedolsky (Two Fish Studio, Durango, CO) will teach a two-day, hands-on workshop in the Plinth Gallery studio space. Using techniques similar to package design and dressmaking, Lisa will introduce a multi-layered approach to slab constructed functional ceramics. Participants will be guided through the process from initial drawings to pattern design using paper and roofing felt, to assembling components. Surface treatment, including the use of slip, sgraffito, appliqué, and unconventional tools to achieve visual and tactile depth will be demonstrated. Technical and aesthetic aspects will be considered while exploring forms including boxes, bowls, platters, teapots and cups. Participants will leave the workshop feeling competent in a number of forming methods. All levels welcome.
Workshop Fee: $250.00 which includes most materials and lunch both days. One graduate credit is available through Adams State College. For more information and to register, email Plinth Gallery or call us at 303-295-0717
Persistence, perseverance and patience. These are the qualities that Plinth Gallery owners Jonathan Kaplan and his wife Dorothy Bensusan credit for their growing reputation as a resource for fine contemporary ceramics.
Some of their success can be attributed to what Kaplan describes as “a very discernible sense of discovery” in the River North Art District (RiNo), just north of downtown Denver. With more than 200 active artists, RiNo is the largest of eight art districts in a city known for its enduring clay traditions.
Clay exhibits remarkable properties that, with the help of some basic chemistry, allow it to be fully dispersed in water to become a casting slip. With an understanding of some basic concepts of rheology, we can increase our skill set and formulate smarter casting slips.
Thanks to everyone who voted for us in this year’s Denver A-List competition for “Best of Denver”. We took first place for “Best Art Gallery! So stop in to say hello, and take a look at the new work we have on display. Thanks again to everyone!
Christy Hengst’s porcelain birds have landed in over sixty public locations internationally; forty of them have now migrated to Plinth Gallery for our first installation. The birds carry images and text, silk-screened and high-fired, in cobalt blue -- recipes, love letters, newspaper articles, photographs, drawings, poetry -- dealing with a wide range of human experience. The pieces are hand-built, and each is different in form and content. People can choose intuitively which bird or birds are right for them. This work is suitable for outdoor installation as well as indoor display, and there are several interesting mounting options.
"What excites us most about this public art project is that it inspires passer-bys to talk to each other. Questions arise like “What is peace and what is war?” “What is public art” or “Can art achieve anything?” Very different people share their own experiences, exchange their thoughts and come away inspired and with more consideration for our conflict-fraught world."
This documentary collects those personal experiences, preserves some of the conversations and hopefully encourages more conversations to happen.