When the 52nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts convenes in Pittsburgh this coming March 14 – 17, Standard Ceramic will transform its facilities into several galleries that will feature exhibitions by noted ceramic artists. In addition, eight universities will be featured in “pop-up” shipping container galleries on the property. Standard Ceramic is located in Carnegie, a nearby community just fifteen minutes from the downtown conference location. Conference attendees will be able to travel to the site via charter buses and make their way through the galleries, viewing the art and touring Standard’s clay-making and glaze operations, its ClayPlace@Standard gallery space, Ceramic Supply Pittsburgh, and the company’s offices. Local musicians will perform throughout the opening, with food and drink provided.
The 2018 conference theme – Crosscurrents: Clay and Culture – will explore sources of inspiration that influence and impact work in ceramics today. The Standard exhibitions will address this theme. Over the next several months, we will feature stories about these artists and their shows here on our website. Visit us often to read about this exciting event.
Two curators from different mid-west cities will collaborate together on an exciting group exhibition of noted ceramic artists during NCECA. Jayson Lawfer of Chicago’s The Nevica Project and Philipp Eirich of Kansas City’s Cerbera Gallery have put together a show of works by living and deceased artists that they consider notable and of interest to the NCECA audience and worthy of the designation, “10″.
Lawfer, the Director of The Nevica Project in Chicago, says that he and Eirich simply chose the artists based on what they, as curators, personally like. The group, he says, was to be a “a mixture of five artists currently making and five artists that have passed away. Unfortunately, Betty Woodman just left us and we were not expecting her passing. But we feel it is an excellent grouping to host at the NCECA conference, so visitors can see an array of clay- craft and contemporary, pottery and sculpture, new and historic.”
The Nevica Project is a contemporary fine art gallery representing artwork from the primary and secondary markets, providing a range of services for artists, collectors and institutions. As Director, Lawfer brings a history of experience in both artistic and administrative skills to The Nevica Project. He earned a degree in fine arts from the University of Montana before completing an artist residency in Denmark at Guldagergard in 2002. He also was in residence at The Archie Bray Foundation in 2004, at A.I.R. Vallauris in France in 2006, and at Lillstreet Art Center in 2007, where he was later appointed to the position of Executive Director of the nonprofit sector of Lillstreet’s nonprofit sector, ArtReach. He held executive positions at The Clay Studio of Missoula and is active in working with Chicago’s city government on public art and community outreach.
Cerbera Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located at the heart of Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District, featuring an array of works by both renowned and emerging artists and primarily focusing in the fields of ceramics, limited editions, painting and photography. Cerbera Gallery has its origins in the 2016 NCECA conference in Kansas City. Eirich set up a space intended as a pop-up gallery for the conference. He gathered works from ceramicists throughout the United States, combining them with contemporary visual art works. The venture was a success, with a complete sell-out. Eirich chose to keep the space open and it has grown, due in part to Eirich’s unconventional curatorial style displaying well-known next to emerging artists at price levels attracting both; the serious collector and occasional art buyer all displayed in a contemporary salon-type setting.
Lawfer and Eirich selected works for this year’s NCECA show from a variety of sources. Some of the artists are represented by The Nevica Project or Cerbera; other works are being selected from important art collections.
The artists represented are:
Peter Voulkos, 1924 – 2002, an American artist of Greek descent. He is known for his abstract expressionist ceramic sculptures and a leader in contemporary ceramics.
Betty Woodman, 1930 – 2018, acclaimed ceramicist and sculptor who broke ground for women in the art world.
David Shaner, 1934 – 2002, sculptor and studio potter, director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana (1964 – 1970).
Ruth Duckworth, 1919 – 2009, modernist sculptor who specialized in ceramics, best known for porcelain abstract sculptures.
Akio Takamori, 1950 – 2017, a Japanese-American sculptor, printmaker, and painter who explored human relationships: interpersonal, archetypal, social and historical.
Kensuke Yamada, b. 1979, sculptor born in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, previously a visiting artist at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Centre College, Danville, Kentucky.
Magdalena Suarez, b. 1929, Venezuela, and Michael Frimkess, b. 1937, Los Angeles, a fifty-year collaboration begun in 1963, that constitutes a compelling body of work that snags itself on many genres.
Warren MacKenzie, b. 1924, is widely regarded as the most important contemporary American potter with strong influences from Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada
John Balistreri, b.1962, American ceramic artist best known for his large-scale sculpture, currently an associate Professor of Art and the head of the ceramic art program at Bowling Green State University.
Julia Galloway, b. 1966, potter known for utilitarian work, professor of the School of Art at the University of Montana-Missoula.
Learn more about The Nevica Project at http://www.thenevicaproject.com
Learn more about Cerbera Gallery at https://cerberagallery.com