Clay National XII - The Art of Utility

Exhibition dates: August 4th through August 25th, 2017

Lars Voltz, "Gnar Dish" 2016          Woodfired Stoneware & Quartz

Lars Voltz, "Gnar Dish" 2016          Woodfired Stoneware & Quartz

Joyce St. Clair Voltz, "Sprigged Platter" 2017          Porcelain

Joyce St. Clair Voltz, "Sprigged Platter" 2017          Porcelain

Clay National XII - The Art of Utility 

The Carbondale Clay Center would like to thank our juror, Linda Christianson.

Pottery made for daily or occasional use requires an acceptance of utility as a starting point. It is essential to a utilitarian ceramic object that it simultaneously does its duty well and yet can stand on its own as a visual object. In the end, there is a transformative perspective in which pots are viewed as engaging tools. Some pots that were made thousands of years ago now live in museums. Their presence captures the attention of generations of people. They survived the rigors of use, disuse, and time. Not only were they useful, but were the conveyors of cultural meaning. In a way, they acted as artful tools for living.

The Art of Utility includes the work of  Ted Adler, Marian Baker, Bethany Benson, Jake Boggs, Cate Brus-Austin, Jenn Cole, Jennifer DePaolo, Katie Fee, Conner Griffin, Arthur Halvorsen, Drew Ippoliti, Susan Johnson, Lucien Koonce, Marisa Mahathey, Devin O'Connor, Eric Ordway, Brent Pafford, Mark Rossier, Kathryn Schroeder, Amy Shindo, Chris Singewald, Joe Singewald, James Ingey, Joyce St. Clair Voltz, Lars Voltz and Matthew Yanchuck.

First Friday Opening Reception on Friday, August 4th, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm. 

Special Reception with Linda Christianson on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm,

This exhibition is graciously sponsored by David Goin.

Susan Johnson, "crib" 2017          Stoneware & Porcelain

Susan Johnson, "crib" 2017          Stoneware & Porcelain

Brent Pafford, "GlamCraftPOPJCT" 2017       Porcelain,glaze, resin,glitter,epoxy,mason stain & drawer pull

Brent Pafford, "GlamCraftPOPJCT" 2017      

Porcelain,glaze, resin,glitter,epoxy,mason stain & drawer pull

Linda Christianson is an independent studio potter who lives and works in rural Minnesota. She studied at Hamline University and the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts. An itinerate educator, Linda has taught at colleges and universities, including Carleton College , the Hartford Art School, and University of Georgia – Athens. She received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the McKnight Foundation. She exhibits and lectures nationally and internationally. Her pieces are in numerous public and private collections, including the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Glenboe Museum. Her writing appears in Studio Potter and The Log Book. One of her goals is to make a better cup each day.