Minimal, Less is More
A Solo Exhibition by
Tom Jaszcazk’s pottery, inspired by the traditional Minnesota pottery he grew up admiring, is an homage to minimalism. He expertly strikes a balance between modern and traditional styles and creates a body of work that is fundamentally useful and aesthetically pleasing. This approach is carefully reflected in his solo exhibition, “Minimal, Less is More” which will run in the Carbondale Clay Center gallery space from June 1 - June 29.
Originally from Minnesota, Jaszcazk received a BA in Visual Art and a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Bemidji State University. Jaszcazk was an assistant to both Simon Levin and Tara Wilson. He was a summer resident and a long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation. In the fall of 2015 Jaszcazk began a 3 year residency with his wife Maggie Finlayson at Penland School of Crafts. Jaszcazk has received several awards and honors including, a Jerome Projects Grant, Emerging Artist Award at NCECA, Lincoln and Lil Street Fellowship through the Archie Bray Foundation and in the Summer 2014 Jaszcazk was an Honored Maker at the Maker’s Faire at the White House. Jaszcazk exhibits his work at several galleries around the nation, this includes exhibitions at the Holter Museum of Art, Greenwich House Pottery, Trax Gallery, the Pottery Show at the Old Church, Northern Clay Center and Leedy Voulkos Art Center. Jaszcazk’s current body of work is made of red earthenware and is soda fired.
Jaszcazk says about his work that he “[…] wants my work to be pared down to the essentials and be truly useful. The cumulative journey of a pot tells a story and the story brings the user into the moment of making and firing. Slips, trimming lines, finger marks, edges, wad marks and shadows capture a moment in time and tell more of the story. I want my pots to be grounded in form and have an identity as a material…A successful pot has depth through these processes, obtains humbleness through form and thoughtfulness in function”.
Each year, the Carbondale Clay Center selects one national artist to invite for a solo show. This year’s national artist opening reception for “Minimal, Less is More” will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, June 1st, at the Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main St. The show will be available for viewing from June 1 - June 29
in the Carbondale Clay Center Gallery.
ANGUS L. GRAHAM SCHOLARSHIP
The Carbondale Clay Center honors one of its most vibrant members with the Angus Graham Memorial Scholarship Fund. Angus Graham is remembered as a talented, passionate and widely adored member of the Carbondale Clay Center community. He was a highly involved member of the arts community in the Roaring Fork Valley, often teaching children’s classes at the center, assisting artist Alleghany Meadows and the Artstream Nomadic Gallery, taking classes at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and being an active member at SAW (Studio for Arts + Works) in Carbondale. After his passing in August 2017, the Carbondale Clay Center (with support from his family and friends) created the Angus Graham Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will serve to benefit future developing artists.
There were two fundraising events (an online auction and a silent auction) benefiting the Angus Graham Scholarship Fund. Both auctions included donations from artists across the country who knew, loved, and were inspired by Angus. These works of art were created by using or incorporating Angus’ personal tools, sent out to his friends and colleagues by the Carbondale Clay Center. All proceeds from both auctions are going directly to the Angus Graham Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Carbondale Clay Center
The Carbondale Clay Center has been an important part of the Roaring Fork Valley and the field of ceramics since the Center's inception in 1997. Over the last 20 years, the Clay Center has played a pivotal role in our local art scene by offering a positive and supportive place to build community through artistic expression and arts education. Generous community support has allowed us to successfully sponsor ceramic classes, kids clay camps, gallery exhibitions, artist residencies, outreach programming, special events, and community parties.
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