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New Exhibits Announced! Opening February 11, 2010!!

Throughout the first and second floor galleries, the Philadelphia Art Alliance (PAA) will present two exhibitions that explore the medium of ceramics; one focusing on the ceramics as both a functional and creative object; and solo exhibitions that explore the use of ceramic as a sculptural installation.


image, left: Kristine Morich, Bowls, 2009; Porcelain; Manufactured for the Kristine Morich Studio. Right: Johnathan Adler, Platinum Aorta, High Fired Stoneware with Platinum Glaze

The Main Second Floor Galleries will feature Convergence: Pottery from Studio and Factory, which was organized by Jody Clowes, Director of the Design Gallery at the University of Wisconsin, and is sponsored by The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.  This exhibition will explore how technology and theory have changed the landscape of contemporary ceramics over the past century, focusing on functional pieces that cross, expand, or confuse the boundaries between industrial design and studio production. The works on view will encompass mass-produced and limited edition objects by well-known designers, short-run “boutique” ceramics commissioned for high-end retailers, objects produced on a contract basis by independent designers, and the work of studio potters who embrace industrial techniques and the aesthetic of industrial design.

En Route

image, left: Brooke Hine, Growth & Deterioration, 2004-continuous; 1600 lbs. of porcelain; Credit: William Hubert Ferrell, photographer. Right: Darla Jackson, They Were Scratching..., 2009; Polyurethane Resin (cast from rubber mold made off of unfired clay original), Vanity Bench

The PAA first floor galleries will present two solo exhibitions as part of their on-going En route series, which is organized by Melissa Caldwell, Director of Exhibitions at the PAA.  While the Main second floor exhibition examines the history of ceramics and its relationship to industrial design, the first floor solo exhibitions will explore the relationship of installation and sculpture in this craft-related medium.  Exploring the possibilities of incorporating site with the traditional uses of ceramic-based materials, Philadelphia artists Darla Jackson and Brooke Hine will create two installations on the First Floor Galleries of the Art Alliance. Both interested in biomorphic forms, the artists will respond to the unique domestic features of these galleries, which were originally designed as a reception room and salon for the Wetherill family in 1906.

An opening reception will be held on February 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  A special “Meet the Artists” gallery talk with Brooke Hine and Darla Jackson will be held from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. on the same night.

All exhibitions are presented in conjunction with the 44th Annual Conference of the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts being held in Philadelphia from March 31 to April 3, 2010. A publication for Convergence will be available during and after the Conference.

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