Connie Norman
Connie Norman

Plinth Gallery and Anderson Ranch Art Center: a Ceramic Collaboration

Plinth Gallery, in collaboration with Anderson Ranch Arts Center, is pleased to present a two-month exhibition celebrating ceramics in Colorado. 

This show, which opens at Plinth on June 3, 2011, features contemporary Colorado ceramics and introduces the artists and their recent works. Over 70 Colorado Ceramic artists, as well as a number of Anderson Ranch Alumni who continue to reside and work in Colorado, will bring a representation of work to Plinth Gallery for the show.  The exhibition will showcase a diversity of contemporary ceramics, from well-established and recognizable artists to those who are newly emerging in the field. 

 - Jonathan Kaplan

Here is a sampling of artwork in the exhibition! 

Jonah Skurky-Thomas

Michelle Woods Pennisi

My artwork is a constant journey of self-discovery. It becomes a diary recording my experiences, fueled by questions I ask myself concerning the realities that I am confronted with. The images are motivated by emotions of vulnerability, isolation, anger, joy, love and fear. I find comfort once the story is told and work created, is inspired by my over-active imagination, constantly racing forward or dwelling into the past.

Clay is the perfect canvas allowing me to express myself from more then one perspective. I am currently using three main images for my work: birds, trees, and houses. Each one represents a different aspect of emotion and responsibility to the other. The bird carries the story, representing a friend or myself. The search to find balance: bird as an object vs. bird as the narrator sustains my interest. The image of the tree symbolizes being grounded, stability, deeply rooted or bound to something. Houses are representation of the home, financial commitment, security, family and unity. Through creating objects and sculpting my story my hope is to communicate how I fit into the larger dialog of life.

Michael Wisner

Lorna Meaden 

Julie Anderson

From basic biology classes, I clearly remember the saying, “Amino acids are the building blocks of life.” This imagery of creating large and complex forms from smaller units remains with me today. As an intensely curious person, I find myself asking questions such as, “What are the building blocks of ecosystems, waves, plants, molecules, etc.?”  Much of my sculptural ceramic work starts with just such a question.  By physically working through the architecture of a form, down to the tiniest detail, I explore and manipulate the answers to the inquiries.

Rita Vali

Elizabeth Farson

Barb Gregoire

Working primarily with stoneware and porcelain clay, I am constantly investigating a balance between function and aesthetic.  The surfaces of my pieces often take on abstract shapes, with detailed hand-etchings and modern irregularities.  Particular pattern, rhythm, color and shape resonates a lively attitude that I hope can be felt when one holds a vessel that I have created.

As a child, my father’s work as a geologist exposed me to the subtle colors and rich textures of patterns in rocks.  This is what inspires my work; all pottery owes its existence to the mysteries locked inside the earth.  Just as the canyon walls and sandstone cliffs are varnished with manganese and iron oxides, my pottery’s satin and matt surfaces originate from similar rocks and minerals.

Holly Curcio

Susan Martin-Serra   

 The Fig Harvest is the first in a series of new works about Susan’s life with her husband and many animals in their mountain home in southern Colorado. This platter is a colorful ceramic work created in low-fire earthenware clay, bisque fired, painted with many layers of underglaze colors (over three layers of yellow-gold underpainting) to create the “golden glow” that is apparent in the work. A light layer of clear satin glaze was sprayed over the piece to protect the painted surface. The imagery includes an idealized self-portrait of the artist and likenesses of Susan’shusband, Robert and a number of their beloved animals. The couple enjoys a serene country lifestyle in which they grow much of their own organic fruits and vegetables. Their year-round greenhouse growing dome is home to five mature fig trees that produce wonderful fruit for eating fresh, as well as for preserving. This work is a reflection and celebration of mountain life at 8,000 feet. It is also a visual expression of Susan’s desire to be more connected to and respectful of our planet. Susan and Robert are currently retrofitting their home with solar panels and a battery storage system that will provide the couple with 75% of their home’s electric power.



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One Response to “Plinth Gallery and Anderson Ranch Art Center: a Ceramic Collaboration”

  1. Linda Starr Says:

    yeah for solar power, nice collection of varied works, clay artists always amaze and inspire me.