This wood fired clay sculpture will be exhibited in "Fragments", to be held at Strata Gallery, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, January 3rd through January 21st, 2023. It will be one of 46 artworks, chosen from over 700 entries, on display. Strata Gallery's address is 418 Cerrillos Road, Suite 1-C.
Building a kiln presents its challenges, and many are not concerning the kiln itself. I have been the sole laborer for this entire project, with the exception of digging and filling the kiln pad with gravel, erecting the trusses, and pouring the cement for the chimney support. Thus, I have had to research and ask questions to knowledgeable people in order to come up with the best solution for a problem.
For me, one of the biggest has been figuring out how to access the peak of my kiln shed roof in order to carry the chimney through and work safely. After securing a pair of ladder hooks, a set of Ultimate Ridgehooks, and a Chimney Bracket, I am now able to stack the chimney brick above the roof line. The next challenge will be flashing the chimney, but that will, hopefully, be an easier task.
Chimney Bracket in place, mounted on Ultimte Ridgehooks. Ladder on roof is positioned with ladder hooks.
Staging in place using 2" x 8" lumber, and 2" x 4s positioned and secured with Simpson Ties. This allows me to get to the other side of the chimney to work.
Brick as it is being stacked to come above the roof line. It will rise 3 feet above the roof peak. Angle iron bracing will be put in place along corners.
It’s always a great feeling for me when I have the opportunity to exhibit my artwork in the town (now a city) that I grew up in (Greenville, NC) and went to college (ECU), where I first started working with ceramics. These two wood fired pieces will be at Emerge Gallery for an exhibition that will run October 7-27, 2022. There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 7, 2022, from 5:00-8:00 pm.
This oribe sushi tray was chosen by jurors Carolanne Currier and Jack Troy for inclusion in the 30th annual "Strictly Functional Pottery National Show". This exhibition will be showcased at the Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA , and runs September 17th - November 5th, 2022.
This oribe hanaire/vase was selected to be exhibited in "Clay International 2022", being held at Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA. The exhibition runs August 6th - October 9th, 2022, and will be viewable "in person" as well as "online".
I am participating in Schaller Gallery's exhibition, "Enduring Surfaces: Glazes IV". It opens on June 14th (Tuesday) at 2 pm EST. This is one of numerous pieces that I sent.
This wood fired hanaire/vase was recently accepted into "GeoLogic", an exhibition being held at Atlantic Gallery, located in the Chelsea District of New York City. The show runs June 21st through July 9th, 2022. An opening reception is slated for Thursday, June 23rd. Juror was Bruce Dehnert.
These six oribe glazed kurinuki yunomi are headed to Iowa City, Iowa for the June opening of AKAR Gallery's "Yunomi Invitational".
I made some good progress on my kiln construction during the fall of 2021. Jamie Guggina, a potter in Florence, MA loaned me his brick saw, which was a game changer. (Thanks to Westhampton, MA potter Sam Taylor for making that happen). The primary focus has been on the small down-draft and chimney. I had to get enough of the tunnel kiln up so I could extend the chimney, which is necessary in order to fire the down-draft once it is finished. There is still a bit of work to do, primarily bracing and putting the arch on, and getting the chimney up through the roof. Winter has put a hold on things, but I will start back up early spring. Here are a few images to show where I currently stand.
Front view of small down-draft; ready for arch.
A portion of the tunnel kiln constructed to allow for the chimney to be built.
Chimney's passive dampers that are below the damper slot.
This shows how a ledge was created for the damper to slide in and out upon.
Lintel placed over the damper slot.
Kilnship: International Wood Fire III
This show idea started with Phil Rogers being a guest curator and putting together an invitation list that was wide, diverse, and filled with unbelievable talent. While wood-firing has become largely an aesthetic choice, these Makers continue to use this labor-intense firing process to create their work. Known for its ability to create luscious ash deposits, warm flashes of color, and unique surfaces, wood firing continues to draw makers to the fire. Participating makers include Troy Bungart, Joe Bruhim, Linda Christianson, Doug Fitch, Samuel Johnson, Shinsuke Iwami, Mami Kato, Osamu Inayoshi, Lucien Koonce, Ryan Smith, Ken Matsuzaki, Hannah McAndrew, Andrew Satorious, and Dexter Woods.
Exhibition opens November 16th at Schaller Gallery, in Baroda, Michigan, and online.
I first began my journey in clay when I was attending East Carolina University's School of Art. I grew up in Greenville, and a block away from the campus, so it always had been a part of my life. My intentions were to study another discipline within the Art Department, but from the first day in Ceramics Survey, I knew that clay was to become my focus. I wasn't an "arty" person, I didn't take art classes in high school, and I didn't grow up around art. But I could identify with functional vessels, I enjoyed working with my hands, and there was "fire" involved...lol.
Long story short, it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to exhibit a piece in the School of Art and Design's Alumni Exhibition. This piece, "Fragment" (wood fired stoneware, 6.50" H x 16.00" W x 4.50" D; hand formed stoneware clay with native NC clay, and natural ash glaze; wood fired in the anagama side-stoke area for 5 days to c/12; 2018).
The alumni exhibition is at several venues, but this piece can be seen in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, Joyner Library Complex, located on East 5th Street. The show runs August 25th through September 25th.
This wood fired piece is being exhibited in “Clay Center Sculpture National”, April 3 – 25, 2020, at The Clay Center of New Orleans, 1001 South Broad Street, New Orleans, LA 70125.
With most art museums being closed in the United States due to the virus, many continue their exhibitions online. This year is the 23rd Annual National Ceramics Competition at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, located in San Angelo, TX. Held every two years, this is an outstanding juried show, and it is my pleasure to be exhibiting there once again. The show runs April 17th - September 6th, 2020. Here are my two accepted pieces:
While the current virus situation has cancelled most exhibition venues across the country, ClayAKAR's Yunomi Invitational, which is always "online", will happen! The show opens on June 12th at 10:00 AM Central Time. Here are the five wood fired kurinuki cups that I will be sending:
A nice piece written about the sake vessels exhibition at The Stratford Gallery, published in the local newspaper.
The link to a very well written article on the British Sake Association's blog regarding the sake vessels exhibition I curated for The Stratford Gallery last November.
The opening of "The Sake Vessel: Contemporary Interpretations", The Stratford Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, on Saturday, November 16th, was a huge success. The sake tasting event and the gallery opening were well attended. Click on the title, above, which will take you to the exhibition page. Here are some images from the lectures and gallery opening...
I am currently in an exhibition being held at Schaller Gallery: "Time Honored - Glazes". These are four of the eight wood fired kurinuki pieces I have in this show...
These two wood fired pieces were recently selected for "International Ceramics Juried Exhibition", being held at The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedmeister, NJ. This exhibition opens November 9th and runs through December 21st. Out of over 400 submissions, 52 were selected for exhibition.
These five guinomi are being exhibited in "Cup: The Intimate Object XV", being held at Charlie Cummings Gallery, 2040 NW 6th Street, Gainsville, FL. The exhibition opens on October 5th and runs through October 31st. There will be an opening reception on Friday evening, October 4th, from 6:00 - 9:00. The show will go online Saturday, October 5th, starting at 12 noon. www.charliecummingsgallery.com
The June firing of Chris Gustin's anagama resulted in some very wonderful pieces. It was an excellent firing for everyone involved. Here are a few of my works from the firing:
I will be exhibiting in a group show, April 25 - May 26th, entitled "Rough Stuff: A Celebration of Wild Surface". This exhibition will be at Cavin-Morris Gallery, located at 210 Eleventh Avenue, Suite 201, New York, NY. These are two wood fired pieces that I will have in this show.
I have been invited to exhibit in Schaller Gallery's (Saint Joseph, MI) upcoming exhibition "Sushi, Sake, Tea", which opens this coming April. My work will include three small sushi plates paired with chopsticks rests, four sake cups, and one sake flask. These are two of the pieces that will be shown.
I am always pleased when I have the opportunity to exhibit in my native state of North Carolina, especially if it is where I lived for many years of my life, those two being Greenville, and the Robbins/Seagrove vicinity. This wood fired Ikebana vase will be shown in the "Art of Clay", at the North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC. The exhibition is in conjunction with the North Carolina Pottery Conference, and runs March 3rd - June 15th, 2019. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, March 3rd, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm, and the public is invited to attend.
I am pleased to be curating my third sake vessels exhibition, this one being showcased at The Stratford Gallery in the UK. The exhibition will be titled, "The Sake Vessel: Contemporary Interpretations", and is slated to open mid-November of this year (2019). It will include 35 ceramicists from six countries, and there are plans to publish a full color exhibition catalog.
Here is the list of artists exhibiting: