Bean Finneran, Orange Ring, 2022. Low fire clay, glaze, acrylic stain, 16 in x 8 ft x 8 ft. Photo: RR Jones.
Director Jack Rasmussen, curator Rebecca Cross, artist Connor Czora discuss the exhibit along with some of the other artists.
Transcending the structural limitations of clay and abandoning the material’s traditional association with function, these eight artists build powerful ceramic sculptures through accumulation, repetition, and innovative feats of construction. This exhibition demonstrates the power of assembling multiples as a compelling vehicle for the artists to express their chosen subject-matter as they transform this humble, sustainable material…dirt! into something monumental in form and content. More Clay aims to physically demonstrate the unifying principle of “out of many, one” a concept absent in today’s fractured society.
Walter McConnell, A Theory of Everything – Gathering the Ancestors, 2022. Cast porcelain with iridescent luster overglazes, plywood, 8ft x 10ft diameter. Courtesy of the artist.
Kate Roberts, Gates to Nowhere, 2022. Unfired drops of porcelain, fiber, fishing line, 14 ft x 35 ft x 2 in. Courtesy of the artist.