Friday, January 16, 2009
Shino vase in state-wide clay exhibit
I got word this morning that one of the three pots I submitted to the biennial State of Clay exhibit was selected for the show by juror Jim Lawton. (Lawton heads the clay program at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, near New Bedford.)
That's nice news on a cold (8 degrees F.) day here on Cape Cod. The State of Clay show is at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society's gallery near Boston and is for clayworkers who live in Massachusetts or once lived in the state. This year's show will include 80 pieces selected from 285 entries. It's the second time I've entered and the second time I've had work selected, so I feel pretty lucky.
This particular pot is eight inches tall, six inches deep. It's thrown from white stoneware (B-Mix), paddled when leather-hard, and glazed on the outside with Bright Shino, which often does some spidery carbon-trapping in reduction, as it did here. It has a liner glaze of Phil Rogers' standard ash recipe, stiffened a bit with extra Grolleg kaolin. It was fired on its side on wadded scallop shells in my gas kiln here.
State of Clay will run from Tuesday, March 31, through Saturday, April 25 at the gallery at 130 Waltham Street in Lexington. The opening reception, which was a lot of fun two years ago, will be Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m. Juror Lawton will give a gallery talk about his selection process and announce winners of individual awards that day.
The 2007 show was a great overview of claywork in Massachusetts and this one is certain to be that, as well. Come to the opening.