Saturday, March 28, 2009

Massachusetts Clay show opens in Lexington

"The State of Clay," a biennial exhibit of Massachusetts-related clayworkers, opens Sunday afternoon at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society in Lexington. This is the sixth show the Lexington people have organized and it promises to be a good one. This year's exhibit was juried by Jim Lawton, head of the clay program at U. Mass.-Dartmouth.
I had two pots in the last State of Clay and I have one in this one, a carbon-trapped Shino vase. I'll attach a photo of the pot. It's always good to be recognized, especially when the notice of inclusion in the show comes in the deepest part of winter, when things are ... ummmm ... slow and cold around Cape Cod and in the studio. We need a little cheer about that time of year.
The opening is Sunday, March 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Arts and Crafts Society's gallery on Waltham St. in Lexington. Jim Lawton will give a gallery talk and there will be food and drink. See you there.
The society's website, with hours and directions, is at


Dan Finnegan said...

Excellent pot, Hollis. I love that carbon trapping. Good for you - two in a row at this exhibition. There are a lot of great potmakers in Mass.

Hollis Engley said...

Thanks, Dan. Hope things go well when you open. You must have peeked in by this time.

maria said...

Nice vase, !!
My question is, what es this technic "carbon treping" , probably here calls with differnts words...
Really interesting know diferents ceramic events.

Hollis Engley said...

hello, Maria. The smoke that is created when my kiln is in reduction is caught and held by the shino glaze. The carbon is, in other words, "trapped" by the glaze. That results in the black spots within the lighter glaze. Oscuro y blanco en el mismo tiempo.