A First at Frieze New York
I am thrilled to be Jason Jacques Gallery’s featured artist at the exclusive art fair Frieze New York the first week of May. This year Jason Jacques Gallery is the first ceramic arts gallery ever invited to participate in this extraordinary art fair. He’s created an incredible custom booth and commissioned new work that I’ve created specifically for the show.
From Jason’s e-blast:
“Jason Jacques Gallery is pleased to participate in the 2017 edition of Frieze New York. This international art fair spanning over four days brings together the world’s leading modern and contemporary art galleries, innovative curated sections, a celebrated series of talks, and site-specific artist commissions, all in a bespoke structure overlooking the East River in Randall's Island Park.
Our original booth, designed by Digifabshop, will include a gigantic spiderlike structure encasing the sculptures and ceramics on view, creating a one-of-a-kind exhibition experience. The show will feature a combination of important late 19th and early 20th century European art pottery, as well as a selection of stoneware sculptures by contemporary American ceramist Eric Serritella. The outstanding artists represented in the exhibition share a common interest in creating works that draw inspiration from the natural world as well as organic forms and materials. The pieces on display represent remarkable achievements in both style and technique, exemplified by masterful uses of glaze and unmatched attention to detail.
The recent work of contemporary ceramist Eric Serritella resonates with the historic masterpieces of the Carriès School also presented at our booth, as it also incorporates figurative, organic shapes. Specializing in hand-carved, trompe l’oeil vessels that take the shape of birch and weathered logs, this is Eric Serritella's first major exhibition since 2015. His work was specifically commissioned for Frieze. Serritella’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held in prestigious museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”
If you want to know more, here’s the full e-blast with images.
Details about the art fair can be found at Frieze.com
Three Tree Tea, Bresler Collection
Several ceramic works will be featured in spring shows this year. The first is Three Tree Tea included as part of “Collectors’ Voice in the Ceramic Arts” at the Hodson and Whitaker Art Galleries at Hood College, Frederick, MD. Nineteen major regional collectors of ceramic art works, many affiliated with the James Renwick Alliance, loaned a favorite piece of ceramic art work from their personal collections.
Ceramic Arts graduate students were paired with a collector and researched the collected ceramic artwork. Students then interviewed the collectors, researching not only the history of the work, but the stories surrounding the collecting. Three Tree Tea was chosen from the iconic Bresler Collection.
The second exhibition is “Making it in Crafts III” at The Art Museum of Lafayette in Indiana which opens May 12 and will include three hyper-realistic ceramic trompe l’oeil pieces. This exhibition will feature 140 works of art by 51 prominent professional craft artists (clay, glass, metal, wood-working and fiber), from 25 states plus Canada and Australia. Guest curator, Jim Sondgeroth, has personally selected and invited each artist as someone considered at the top of their game. It is one of the most exciting and comprehensive arts and crafts shows to be presented in the Midwest. For more information visit The Art Museum of Lafayette.
Work on Exhibition at the Smithsonian
I have just learned that the teapot acquired by The Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2014 has been put out on exhibition as part of Connections – A New Permanent Collection Show. It will remain there for at least one year and likely longer.
With the museum housing a huge collection of art, not every piece is out on public display. I am honored that the teapot will be shown for an extended period. The piece can be seen in the historic Renwick Gallery of The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.
American Art Collector Feature
In publication news, John O’Hern, an old friend and long-time curator and scholar of realism recently wrote a feature on my work for American Art Collector. I am able to provide a PDF of what I consider the clearest understanding of where I come from as an artist. This PDF of the story is provided courtesy of American Art Collector magazine.
I also have a story included in a new book, Craftspeople in Their Own Words by David Bacharach. It brings together 80+ stories written by 75 craftspeople describing their lives in the studio, on the road, or at various American craft shows from the 1960s to the present. It is available on Amazon.com as a Kindle e-book. The book can be purchased directly from Amazon or via Generosity.com with the opportunity for sales to benefit the Craft Emergency Relief Fund.
A very full spring with commissions and the start of new studio construction have kept me busy without much time for online updates. Happily, all is going well. The spring talk and presentation as the 2016 James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist in Clay at The Smithsonian American Art Museum went incredibly well and was lots of fun. Jason Jacques Gallery continues to represent my work. Available pieces can be found on his web site, jasonjacques.com
One show of note was “Function, Form, and Fantasy: Ceramics from the Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger Collection” at the Flint Museum of Art. The exhibition had an incredible array of work from the 1960s through present day showing the diversity of expression in clay. I am honored to have had a teapot in this show along with iconic clay artists that include Voulkas, Reitz, Leach, Hamada, Soldner, Frey and Woodman among many, many others. A beautiful hard cover catalog authored by Janet Koplos was created for the show.
Ceramic Artists…Don’t Be Anonymous!
I recently joined the advisory board of the national organization that exists to help American ceramic artists have their marks/signatures/chops listed in an online database.
The Marks Project is the first on-line searchable research hub for American studio ceramic artist working during the period 1946 to present. The Marks Project is endorsed by makers, curators, and collectors.
There is no cost to register your marks and be listed. And you can include the marks of significant influences in your careers, including teachers, mentors and friends who are no longer with us.
Add your legacy to this valuable clay resource. And feel free to share it with your friends and on social media to help all American ceramic artists become part of history.
For more information, view the following PDFs or visit www.themarksproject.org
Don’t Be Anonymous
Summary to Artists
2016 James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist
I have the honor of speaking and teaching as the 2016 James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist in clay. The workshop will be held Saturday, April 16 from 9:30 AM until 12:00 noon at Blue Fire Studio. The presentation “Mind into Matter” will be on April 17 from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM at the Grand Salon. It promises to be a really fun weekend with lots of art talk to be had. Plus it’s an opportunity to visit the newly renovated Renwick Gallery. I look forward to seeing lots of familiar faces and meeting new lovers of art.
For more information and to reserve space visit jra.org
Exhibition at the Appleton Museum
November 30, 2015
I’m looking forward to the opening of “A Fine Timber: Wood and Transformation in Our Time” and giving the presentation “Mind Into Matter” at the Appleton Museum of Art. I will also teach a one day workshop there entitled “Opened Earth – The Beauty Within.” This workshop will explore exposing the inner beauty of raw clay.
Stretch Teapot to The Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 30, 2014
A ceramic trompe l’oeil birch teapot from 2011 titled Stretch was recently added to The Contemporary Art Gallery at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. While I don’t know yet when it will be actually be on display, I am thrilled and honored to have work included of one of the world’s most prestigious public art collections.
Presenting at The Mint Museum in January
October 10, 2014
I will be giving my PowerPoint presentation “From Mind to Clay —Building a Body of Work from Life’s
Journey” at the Mint Museum, Randolph in Charlotte, NC on January 21, 2015. It will be of interest to
both collectors and artists curious about how life’s experiences impact the creative process.
Design Miami 2014
October 9, 2014
Mark your calendars for Design Miami, December 3 — 7. I will be represented again at this top global
decorative arts and design show by Jason Jacques Gallery. designmiami.com
The Salon: Art + Design
October 9, 2014
I will have work in New York City this fall at The Salon: Art + Design at the Park Avenue Armory,
November 13 — 17. The Salon 2014 welcomes the world’s leading exhibitors in fine and decorative arts
and design from 1890 to the present. I will be represented there by Jason Jacques Gallery.
Design 360°, China
October 8, 2014
An article recently appeared in a leading Chinese Decorative Arts magazine, Design 360°. Click here to download a PDF provided courtesy of the publication. ©2014 Design 360°
The Smithsonian American Art Museum Purchases a Teapot
July 28, 2014
I am thrilled to share that Charred Split Birch Log Teapot has been purchased by The Smithsonian American Art Museum and has accessioned into their permanent collection at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. I am both thrilled and honored to have my work included in this prestigious American museum.
PMI at The Mint Museum on Sept. 6th
July 27, 2014
Next up is Next up is The Potters Market Invitational at The Mint Museum in Charlotte on September 6th. The show will have work from about 40 of North Carolina’s finest clay artists. Details are on the Mint Museum’s website
Smithsonian Craft Show Award,
Maastricht, and Design Miami/Basel
July 2, 2014
The spring had ceramic trompe l’oeil pieces in some great shows, including the Smithsonian Craft Show where they were recognized with the annual Ceramics Award of Excellence. They were also represented in Europe at TEFAF Maastricht in Netherlands and Design Miami/Basel in Switzerland. The latter two were with much thanks to Jason Jacques Gallery and Salon 94. Now it’s time for a rest and preparations for the fall.
On a side note, the recent workshops at Claymakers in Durham and ArtsCenter in Carrboro were both a lot of fun. It was great to be around such enthusiastic North Carolina potters.
March 19, 2014
The Smithsonian Craft Show opens April 10th and runs through Sunday the 13th. It’s one of my favorite shows with great art and great friends. The proceeds of the show go to funding The Smithsonian’s many reaches.
March 18, 2014
The Smithsonian’s James A. Renwick Alliance Spring Craft Weekend is coming up and includes silent and live auctions. This will be my second time in the live auction exhibition and sale. This incredible weekend includes talks and tours and dinners.
March 13, 2014
Opening tomorrow is TEFAF: Maastricht, considered the most prestigious art and antiques show in the world. I will be represented there by Jason Jacques Gallery. As much as I’d love to be in the Netherlands right now, I leave the work in Jason’s capable hands while I am in the studio creating the final new pieces for the April-arriving Smithsonian Craft Show.
March 11, 2014
2013 ended extremely well with a work selling at SOFA Chicago and an incredibly successful Design Miami. Many pieces were placed into established private collections. I was represented at both by Jason Jacques Gallery.
October 18, 2013
Coming up soon is SOFA Chicago from October 31 - November 3. I will be represented by Jason Jacques Gallery and I plan to be in attendance from opening night through mid-afternoon on November 1st. I will have several new pieces from the Charred Wood series along with several from The Walking With Softer Steps series.
October 3, 2013
Steinfest, an international invitational, opens October 4 in Durham, NC and runs through November 16. I will have two steins in the show. One will be at Claymakers Gallery for the duration of the show. The second will be one of several to be featured in Raleigh in The North Carolina Museum of Art's IRIS Porsche Biergarten during their incredible Porsche By Design - Seducing Speed exhibition.
September 29, 2014
The Sassy Birch Teapot was recently published on the title page and inside 500 Teapots, Volume 2 by Lark Books
It’s been almost a year since our move from Central New York State to the South. North Carolina has been very welcoming to me as a new artist. I had a piece in the North Carolina Museum of Art's auction in June and participated in the prestigious Potters’ Market Invitational show at The Mint Museum in Charlotte this September.
A Birch Stump Teapot won the Delhom Service League’s Purchase Award which placed it in The Mint’s permanent collection.
As many of you know, I am renting studio space from nationally-known porcelain artist Susan Filley. While we both had apprehensions after years of each having our own private spaces, it has turned out to be a wonderful situation and we both are benefiting from the arrangement.
I also had my first cataloged solo exhibition this summer at Jason Jacques Gallery in Manhattan. The show was a great success with many works being place in wonderful new collections.
And for many of you reading this you’ll notice that the web site finally has a fresh new look with much easier navigation and bigger photo representation thanks to the fine web design work of Dan Bruffey in Ithaca, NY.