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Plinth Gallery
3520 Brighton Blvd
Denver CO 80216

Gallery Hours 

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

303 295-0717

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Read Jonathan’s recent article in the current Studio Potter (V42#1) here.

This themed issue of Studio Potter is entitled "Generations". "Source Material" is  Jonathan's acknowledgment of the contributions of 2 key employees when he operated Ceramic Design Group in Steamboat Springs Colorado. Unbeknown to him, as an employer he was also a mentor. The concept of paying it forward or as psychologist Erik Erikson refers to as "generativity", is that pivotal sharing of experience, tools, time, and knowledge to help others on their path.    



Jonathan Kaplan


"Bird Bath"  Jonathan Kaplan


Opening and Artist Reception

First Friday, March 1, 6-9pm

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.


Train Kiln firing, Nov, 12, 2012


If you would like more information, or are interested and would like to participate in this event, please contact Nancy Utterback or Plinth Gallery



Jim Cooper, Nancy Utterback & Boulder Pottery Lab members; Margaret NeJame and Kent Denver ceramic art students.


The Gallery will be CLOSED March 21-23 as we will be in Houston for the 47th Annual NCECA Conference.   We hope to see many of you there! 


Lisa Pedolsky Workshop:  April 6-7, 2013

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


Lisa Pedolsky: "BOX TEAPOT" 

Slab constructed terra cotta, multiple glazes, wire, oxidation fired, cone 03

Gallery Hours: Thursday -Saturday, noon-5pm;  and other times by

appointment, call  303-295-0717   

Plinth Gallery is a proud member of the River North Art District.  

Read about other First Friday events in the "Crow"!




Putting Clay to Work - Niche Magazine features Plinth Gallery

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.

Techno File: casting rheology by Jonathan Kaplan

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.

Plinth is awarded BEST ART GALLERY!

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!  



Porcelain Birds Have Migrated to Plinth Gallery!

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.

Click here to visit the artist's gallery

www.birdsinthepark-thefilm.d a documentary film by Tom Meffert and Dagmar Diebels 

"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.


Plinth Gallery in the News!

 Greg Moody recently stopped by Gallery for a visit and this is what he has to say about it! Thanks, Greg, come back any time!