Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts
Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

Press Releases


Reclamation, at the Epperson Gallery, featuring tin artworks by David Yoas.
September 24 - January 9, 2022.Gallery is open Friday through Sunday, 11am to 6pm.
Opening Reception: October 23, 4 to 6pm.

Artist Statement: My inspiration can come from almost anything.Over the years I have been inspired to create my narrative pieces by a tin image I’ve seen or by a phrase I might hear. The thrill I get from my work is from seeing my idea realized. I come up with an idea, collect the tin from various sources, and then realize my idea through planning, cutting, and reassembling the images I’ve collected or created.

I use visual hooks to capture the attention of the viewer. These hooks include colors, subject matter, and small surprises for the viewer to discover. My highest hope is that when people view my work, they will find some element that engages and affects them. -David Yoas




Sentience,at the Epperson Gallery, featuringFrancoise LeClercandLisa Reinertson.
September 24 - January 9, 2022.Gallery is open Friday through Sunday, 11am to 6pm.
Opening Reception: October 2, 4 to 6pm

Sentience:(noun)The capacity to be aware of feelings and sensations.

Francoise LeClercis a sculptor working in ceramics and found objects.Often depicting horses, her work evokes themes of emergence and transformation, sensitivity and trust. Expressing both boldness and vulnerability, her work can be simultaneously vigorous and quiet.

Lisa Reinertson: "I care about justice, about civil rights, about compassion and peace, and protecting the earth and all living creatures from extinction. It is my intent that through beauty and nuance, my artwork stand as a subversive act."



Past Events

Lumiere,at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts, featuringAriel Bowman.
July 23 - Sept 12, 2021.Gallery is open Friday through Sunday, 11am to 7pm.
Opening reception: July 31, 5pm to 7pm.

"I make sculptures of prehistoric animals that represent the wonder to be found in natural history. I am intrigued by animals that evolved with distinct features, such as unfamiliar tusks, strange elongated limbs, and unusual proportions. I use clay to bring these extinct creatures back to life, sculpting folds of flesh and filling their bellies with air.

The picturesque aesthetic of the eighteenth century refers to a time when our relationship to nature was being expanded by scientific discoveries, yet separated by the disappearance of wild places. Each scene that I create is a fantasy inspiring curiosity about the unknown animal, while nourishing the imagination of the viewer with intricate details. Mysterious giants wander through palatial ruins, discovering the overgrown remains of monuments to human greatness. Moss and vines cover the fossils of civilization, and show the effects of time in their decay.

My work uses reflective nostalgia to present these extinct animals in the context of human history. The unexpected combination of such contrasting timelines questions reality, and rekindles a childlike fascination with the animal world." -Ariel Bowman

Menagerie,a National Clay Competition at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.
July 23 - Sept 12, 2021.Gallery is open Friday through Sunday, 11am to 7pm.
Opening reception: July 31, 5-7 pm.

Ariel Bowman, Juror.

Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is honored to presentMenagerie,a juried National Clay Competition celebrating Animals. 36 Ceramic Artists who create, interpret and explore the wonder of Animals real, surreal or imagined.

Participating Artists:Bill Abright, Erin Allice, Michael Blair, Tristyn Bustamante, Jo Clarke, Julie Clements, Naomi Stein Cooper, Sue DeWulf, Mari Emori, Julia Feld, Maryann Steinert-Foley, Ashley Garcia, Diana Greenleaf, Vicki Gunter, Rose Hardesty, Maru Hoeber, Susan Hontalas, Marnia Johnston, Malia Landis, Francoise LeClerc, Jaimie Lohman, Rene Martucci, Claire McArdle, Laminda Miller, Cathi Newlin, Jeanine Pennell, Barbara Prodaniuk, Tyler Quintin, Danny Rosales, Kelly Shipp, Lucy Snow, Rebecca Spilecki, Eliza Thomas, Wesley Wright, Melissa Woodburn, Fred Yokel, Jordan Young.

Utopian Potsat the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts,featuringVince Montague.
May 21-July 11, 2021. Open: Friday-Sunday 11-6.

"I have wanted to make pots that feel closer to the place where I live and work in Northern CA. Before the revolution in technology, people moved to theWest coast to pursue their dreams “to find themselves” or to build the type of world they wanted to see. “ Back to the Land” wasn’t just a slogan but an actual choice. I feel a great debt to the many artists, designers, architects, composers, farmers, Utopians, iconoclasts and spiritual seekers who have settled out here since the 1950s, to manifest their own ideals of living peacefully and equitably either alone or in communities. That burst of energy surrounds me every day, and my new work strives to be part of that dream."
-Vince Montague

FLOWat the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.
May 14 - July 11. 2021 Open: Friday-Sunday 11-6

Artists:James Aarons, Jane B. Grimm and Nathan Lynch.

Flow:In positive psychology, a flow state, also known colloquially as "being in the zone," is the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.

Epperson National Clay Competitionat the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.

Scott A. Shields,Juror.
Scott is the associate director and chief curator at the Crocker Art Museum. He holds an MA and PhD in art history from the University of Kansas. He has twenty-five years of museum experience, including his employment since 2000 with the Crocker. During his tenure in Sacramento, he has curated more than seventy-five exhibitions. He has also authored numerous exhibition catalogs, including Artists at Continent’s End: The Monterey Peninsula ArtColony, 1875–1907; Echoes of the Earth: Ceramics by Toshiko Takaezu; Edgar Payne: TheScenic Journey; A Touch of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory Kondos; Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage; E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit; Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955; Granville Redmond: The Eloquent Palette; and the forthcoming Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings.

This exhibition showcases the best contemporary ceramic art being made Nationally and the Call for Entries was open to all Artists working in Clay:Sculptors, Functional Artists, Potters and Hand Builders.



Lumiere,at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts, featuringAriel Bowman.
July 23 - Sept 12, 2021.Gallery is open Friday through Sunday, 11am to 7pm.
Opening reception: July 31, 5pm to 7pm.

"I make sculptures of prehistoric animals that represent the wonder to be found in natural history. I am intrigued by animals that evolved with distinct features, such as unfamiliar tusks, strange elongated limbs, and unusual proportions. I use clay to bring these extinct creatures back to life, sculpting folds of flesh and filling their bellies with air.

The picturesque aesthetic of the eighteenth century refers to a time when our relationship to nature was being expanded by scientific discoveries, yet separated by the disappearance of wild places. Each scene that I create is a fantasy inspiring curiosity about the unknown animal, while nourishing the imagination of the viewer with intricate details. Mysterious giants wander through palatial ruins, discovering the overgrown remains of monuments to human greatness. Moss and vines cover the fossils of civilization, and show the effects of time in their decay.

My work uses reflective nostalgia to present these extinct animals in the context of human history. The unexpected combination of such contrasting timelines questions reality, and rekindles a childlike fascination with the animal world." -Ariel Bowman



Menagerie,a National Clay Competition at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.
July 23 - Sept 12, 2021.Gallery is open Friday through Sunday, 11am to 7pm.
Opening reception: July 31, 5-7 pm.

Ariel Bowman, Juror.

Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is honored to presentMenagerie,a juried National Clay Competition celebrating Animals. 36 Ceramic Artists who create, interpret and explore the wonder of Animals real, surreal or imagined.

Participating Artists:Bill Abright, Erin Allice, Michael Blair, Tristyn Bustamante, Jo Clarke, Julie Clements, Naomi Stein Cooper, Sue DeWulf, Mari Emori, Julia Feld, Maryann Steinert-Foley, Ashley Garcia, Diana Greenleaf, Vicki Gunter, Rose Hardesty, Maru Hoeber, Susan Hontalas, Marnia Johnston, Malia Landis, Francoise LeClerc, Jaimie Lohman, Rene Martucci, Claire McArdle, Laminda Miller, Cathi Newlin, Jeanine Pennell, Barbara Prodaniuk, Tyler Quintin, Danny Rosales, Kelly Shipp, Lucy Snow, Rebecca Spilecki, Eliza Thomas, Wesley Wright, Melissa Woodburn, Fred Yokel, Jordan Young.



Utopian Potsat the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts,featuringVince Montague.
May 21-July 11, 2021. Open: Friday-Sunday 11-6.

"I have wanted to make pots that feel closer to the place where I live and work in Northern CA. Before the revolution in technology, people moved to theWest coast to pursue their dreams “to find themselves” or to build the type of world they wanted to see. “ Back to the Land” wasn’t just a slogan but an actual choice. I feel a great debt to the many artists, designers, architects, composers, farmers, Utopians, iconoclasts and spiritual seekers who have settled out here since the 1950s, to manifest their own ideals of living peacefully and equitably either alone or in communities. That burst of energy surrounds me every day, and my new work strives to be part of that dream."
-Vince Montague



FLOWat the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.
May 14 - July 11. 2021 Open: Friday-Sunday 11-6

Artists:James Aarons, Jane B. Grimm and Nathan Lynch.

Flow:In positive psychology, a flow state, also known colloquially as "being in the zone," is the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.



Epperson National Clay Competitionat the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.

Scott A. Shields,Juror.
Scott is the associate director and chief curator at the Crocker Art Museum. He holds an MA and PhD in art history from the University of Kansas. He has twenty-five years of museum experience, including his employment since 2000 with the Crocker. During his tenure in Sacramento, he has curated more than seventy-five exhibitions. He has also authored numerous exhibition catalogs, including Artists at Continent’s End: The Monterey Peninsula ArtColony, 1875–1907; Echoes of the Earth: Ceramics by Toshiko Takaezu; Edgar Payne: TheScenic Journey; A Touch of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory Kondos; Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage; E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit; Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955; Granville Redmond: The Eloquent Palette; and the forthcoming Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings.

This exhibition showcases the best contemporary ceramic art being made Nationally and the Call for Entries was open to all Artists working in Clay:Sculptors, Functional Artists, Potters and Hand Builders.



What Lies Beneathat the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.

Feb.14 - March 15, 2020.
Opening Reception: February 16,4-6pm.

Surreal: marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream, having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic:

We are excited topresent sculptural work in clay that fits the definition of Surreal. Work that is born in the subconscious space between dreams and consciousness. Where the unreal can manifest itself in a fantastical way. Work that provides insight into the world of the imagined and unreal.

Lisa Clague, Juror.
"My work evokes a place between the subconscious and the intangible. My masked figures are hybrid creatures, mistresses of ambiguity and disguise, of seduction and deception. These images like dreams are familiar but illusive. Dreams compress and heighten reality. They may bring delightful fantasy or feverish fear, fusion of overlaying images reflects desire, anxiety and the poetic lure of many inner worlds. Fairy tales, childhood games and masks, hallucinations, ghosts, insects, animals, bones and worms, are images in a passageway between what is dreamt what is lived, what is remembered and what is to come." - Lisa Clague

Clague received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her
Master of Fine Art degree from California College of Arts and Crafts.



Vessel at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

Suzanne M Long, Curator.

January 10th - February 9th, 2020.
Opening Reception January 18th, 4:00 - 6:00pm.

Thousands of years ago, humans learned how to make earthenware vessels by kneading, forming and firing clay.
In the modern era the definition of ”Vessel” has evolved.

Vessel
A: a container for holding something.
B: a person into whom some quality, such as grace, is infused.
C: a watercraft bigger than a rowboat.
D: a tube or canal. such as an artery.

The Artists in this show pay homage to the past, while embracing the expanded definition of Vessel.

Participating Artists include Susana Arias, Clayton Bailey, Deborah Bridges, Maru Hoeber, Margaret Realica and Bryan Yerian.



Where There’s Smoke... at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

Gerald Epperson, Curator.

October 18th - November 24th, 2019. Opening Reception October 26th, 4:00 - 6:00pm

The Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is pleased to present a group exhibition Where There‘s Smoke...Featuring the wood-fired works of five artists: Shawn Felts, Rod Guyer, Marc Lancet, Scott Parady, Nick Schwartz and Wesley T. Wright.

“Wood-Firing used to be the only means to fire clay. Today it is a choice that can lead to stunningly beautiful ceramics. The effort required for wood-firing now is voluntary. With electric and gas kilns offering the ceramic artist almost effortless firing, why opt for seemingly unending days and nights of labor? Why, in the face of modern convenience, are ceramic artists internationally electing to wood-fire ceramics? Beauty offers the answer. It’s not the”Oh that‘s lovely,” sort of beauty, but an extraordinary beauty--- a heart-achingly arresting beauty, an beauty of epic proportions, abeauty worth working for, a beauty only achievable by way of wood-firing.”

Marc Lancet
From his bookJapanese Wood-Fired Ceramics



Dog Days of Summer at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

Suzanne M Long, Curator.

August 30th - October 13th, 2019. Opening Reception September 7th, 4:00 - 6:00pm.
Closing Party with Rene’ Martuccis band According to Bazooka: Oct 12th, 4:00 - 6:00pm.

The Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is pleased to present the group exhibition Dog Days of Summer featuring the works of five dog-loving artists: Paula Bellacera, Gary Dinnen, Jeff Downing, Steve Jones and Rene’ Martucci. Each artist explores the unique relationship humans share with our canine companions as we walk through life. Paula Bellacera's pups seem always to be asking a question and waiting patiently for the answer. Gary Dinnen's dogs are not afraid to be goofy, whimsical, and heroic at the same time, expressing the time honored trait of loyalty. Steve Jones‘ dogs are indicative of a mischievous partner in crime and best friend to share an inside joke with. Rene’ Martucci's companions are stoic and intelligent with stories to share, and Jeff Downing's cohorts are dreamers and adventurers and the protectors of memory.

The Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is committed to the promotion of Artists working in Clay, especially those who make dogs.



What Lies Beneathat the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.

Feb.14 - March 15, 2020.
Opening Reception: February 16,4-6pm.

Surreal:marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream, having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic:

We are excited topresent sculptural work in clay that fits the definition ofSurreal. Work that is born in the subconscious space between dreams and consciousness. Where the unreal can manifest itself in a fantastical way. Work that provides insight into the world of the imagined and unreal.

Lisa Clague,Juror.
"My work evokes a place between the subconscious and the intangible. My masked figures are hybrid creatures, mistresses of ambiguity and disguise, of seduction and deception. These images like dreams are familiar but illusive. Dreams compress and heighten reality. They may bring delightful fantasy or feverish fear, fusion of overlaying images reflects desire, anxiety and the poetic lure of many inner worlds. Fairy tales, childhood games and masks, hallucinations, ghosts, insects, animals, bones and worms, are images in a passageway between what is dreamt what is lived, what is remembered and what is to come." - Lisa Clague

Lisa Clague received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her
Master of Fine Art degree from California College of Arts and Crafts.


 

   

Reclamation, at the Epperson Gallery, featuring tin artworks by David Yoas.
September 24 - January 9, 2022. Gallery is open Friday through Sunday, 11am to 6pm.
Opening Reception: October 23, 4 to 6pm.

Artist Statement: My inspiration can come from almost anything. Over the years I have been inspired to create my narrative pieces by a tin image I’ve seen or by a phrase I might hear. The thrill I get from my work is from seeing my idea realized. I come up with an idea, collect the tin from various sources, and then realize my idea through planning, cutting, and reassembling the images I’ve collected or created.

I use visual hooks to capture the attention of the viewer. These hooks include colors, subject matter, and small surprises for the viewer to discover. My highest hope is that when people view my work, they will find some element that engages and affects them.  -David Yoas

   

Sentience, at the Epperson Gallery, featuring Francoise LeClerc and Lisa Reinertson.
September 24 - January 9, 2022. Gallery is open Friday through Sunday, 11am to 6pm.
Opening Reception: October 2, 4 to 6pm

Sentience(noun) The capacity to be aware of feelings and sensations. 

Francoise LeClerc is a sculptor working in ceramics and found objects. Often depicting horses, her work evokes themes of emergence and transformation, sensitivity and trust. Expressing both boldness and vulnerability, her work can be simultaneously vigorous and quiet.

Lisa Reinertson: "I care about justice, about civil rights, about compassion and peace, and protecting the earth and all living creatures from extinction. It is my intent that through beauty and nuance, my artwork stand as a subversive act."

Past Events  
   

Lumiere, at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts, featuring Ariel Bowman. 
July 23 - Sept 12, 2021. Gallery is open Friday through Sunday, 11am to 7pm.
Opening reception: July 31, 5pm to 7pm.

"I make sculptures of prehistoric animals that represent the wonder to be found in natural history. I am intrigued by animals that evolved with distinct features, such as unfamiliar tusks, strange elongated limbs, and unusual proportions. I use clay to bring these extinct creatures back to life, sculpting folds of flesh and filling their bellies with air. 

The picturesque aesthetic of the eighteenth century refers to a time when our relationship to nature was being expanded by scientific discoveries, yet separated by the disappearance of wild places. Each scene that I create is a fantasy inspiring curiosity about the unknown animal, while nourishing the imagination of the viewer with intricate details. Mysterious giants wander through palatial ruins, discovering the overgrown remains of monuments to human greatness. Moss and vines cover the fossils of civilization, and show the effects of time in their decay.

My work uses reflective nostalgia to present these extinct animals in the context of human history. The unexpected combination of such contrasting timelines questions reality, and rekindles a childlike fascination with the animal world."   -Ariel Bowman

   

Menagerie, a National Clay Competition at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.
July 23 - Sept 12, 2021. Gallery is open Friday through Sunday, 11am to 7pm.
Opening reception: July 31, 5-7 pm.

Ariel Bowman, Juror.

Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is honored to present Menagerie, a juried National Clay Competition celebrating Animals. 36 Ceramic Artists who create, interpret and explore the wonder of Animals real, surreal or imagined.

Participating Artists: Bill Abright, Erin Allice, Michael Blair, Tristyn Bustamante, Jo Clarke, Julie Clements, Naomi Stein Cooper, Sue DeWulf, Mari Emori, Julia Feld, Maryann Steinert-Foley, Ashley Garcia, Diana Greenleaf, Vicki Gunter, Rose Hardesty, Maru Hoeber, Susan Hontalas, Marnia Johnston, Malia Landis, Francoise LeClerc, Jaimie Lohman, Rene Martucci, Claire McArdle, Laminda Miller, Cathi Newlin, Jeanine Pennell, Barbara Prodaniuk, Tyler Quintin, Danny Rosales, Kelly Shipp, Lucy Snow, Rebecca Spilecki, Eliza Thomas, Wesley Wright, Melissa Woodburn, Fred Yokel, Jordan Young.

   

Utopian Pots at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts, featuring Vince Montague.
May 21-July 11, 2021. Open: Friday-Sunday 11-6.

"I have wanted to make pots that feel closer to the place where I live and work in Northern CA. Before the revolution in technology, people moved to theWest coast to pursue their dreams “to find themselves” or to build the type of world they wanted to see. “ Back to the Land” wasn’t just a slogan but an actual choice. I feel a great debt to the many artists, designers, architects, composers, farmers, Utopians, iconoclasts and spiritual seekers who have settled out here since the 1950s, to manifest their own ideals of living peacefully and equitably either alone or in communities. That burst of energy surrounds me every day, and my new work strives to be part of that dream." 
-Vince Montague

FLOW at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.
May 14 - July 11. 2021 Open: Friday-Sunday 11-6 

Artists: James Aarons, Jane B. Grimm and Nathan Lynch.

Flow: In positive psychology, a flow state, also known colloquially as "being in the zone," is the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. 

   

Epperson National Clay Competition at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.

Scott A. Shields, Juror.
Scott is the associate director and chief curator at the Crocker Art Museum. He holds an MA and PhD in art history from the University of Kansas. He has twenty-five years of museum experience, including his employment since 2000 with the Crocker. During his tenure in Sacramento, he has curated more than seventy-five exhibitions. He has also authored numerous exhibition catalogs, including Artists at Continent’s End: The Monterey Peninsula ArtColony, 1875–1907; Echoes of the Earth: Ceramics by Toshiko Takaezu; Edgar Payne: TheScenic Journey; A Touch of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory Kondos; Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage; E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit; Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955; Granville Redmond: The Eloquent Palette; and the forthcoming Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings.

This exhibition showcases the best contemporary ceramic art being made Nationally and the Call for Entries was open to all Artists working in Clay: Sculptors, Functional Artists, Potters and Hand Builders.

 
   

What Lies Beneath at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts. 

Feb.14 - March 15, 2020.
Opening Reception: February 16, 4-6pm.

Surreal: marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream, having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic:

We are excited to present sculptural work in clay that fits the definition of Surreal. Work that is born in the subconscious space between dreams and consciousness. Where the unreal can manifest itself in a fantastical way. Work that provides insight into the world of the imagined and unreal.

Lisa Clague, Juror.
"My work evokes a place between the subconscious and the intangible. My masked figures are hybrid creatures, mistresses of ambiguity and disguise, of seduction and deception. These images like dreams are familiar but illusive. Dreams compress and heighten reality. They may bring delightful fantasy or feverish fear, fusion of overlaying images reflects desire, anxiety and the poetic lure of many inner worlds. Fairy tales, childhood games and masks, hallucinations, ghosts, insects, animals, bones and worms, are images in a passageway between what is dreamt what is lived, what is remembered and what is to come."   - Lisa Clague

Clague received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her
Master of Fine Art degree from California College of Arts and Crafts.

   

Vessel at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

Suzanne M Long, Curator.

January 10th - February 9th, 2020.
Opening Reception January 18th, 4:00 - 6:00pm.

Thousands of years ago, humans learned how to make earthenware vessels by kneading, forming and firing clay. 
In the modern era the definition of ”Vessel” has evolved.

Vessel
A: a container for holding something.
B: a person into whom some quality, such as grace, is infused.
C: a watercraft bigger than a rowboat.
D: a tube or canal. such as an artery.

The Artists in this show pay homage to the past, while embracing the expanded definition of Vessel.

Participating Artists include Susana Arias, Clayton Bailey, Deborah Bridges, Maru Hoeber, Margaret Realica and Bryan Yerian.

   

Where There’s Smoke... at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

Gerald Epperson, Curator.

October 18th - November 24th, 2019. Opening Reception October 26th, 4:00 - 6:00pm

The Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is pleased to present a group exhibition Where There‘s Smoke... Featuring the wood-fired works of five artists: Shawn Felts, Rod Guyer, Marc Lancet, Scott Parady, Nick Schwartz and Wesley T. Wright.

“Wood-Firing used to be the only means to fire clay. Today it is a choice that can lead to stunningly beautiful ceramics. The effort required for wood-firing now is voluntary. With electric and gas kilns offering the ceramic artist almost effortless firing, why opt for seemingly unending days and nights of labor? Why, in the face of modern convenience, are ceramic artists internationally electing to wood-fire ceramics? Beauty offers the answer. It’s not the”Oh that‘s lovely,” sort of beauty, but an extraordinary beauty--- a heart-achingly arresting beauty, an beauty of epic proportions, a beauty worth working for, a beauty only achievable by way of wood-firing.”

Marc Lancet
From his book Japanese Wood-Fired Ceramics

   

Dog Days of Summer at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

Suzanne M Long, Curator.

August 30th - October 13th, 2019. Opening Reception September 7th, 4:00 - 6:00pm.
Closing Party with Rene’ Martuccis band According to Bazooka: Oct 12th, 4:00 - 6:00pm.

The Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is pleased to present the group exhibition Dog Days of Summer featuring the works of five dog-loving artists: Paula Bellacera, Gary Dinnen, Jeff Downing, Steve Jones and Rene’ Martucci. Each artist explores the unique relationship humans share with our canine companions as we walk through life. Paula Bellacera's pups seem always to be asking a question and waiting patiently for the answer. Gary Dinnen's dogs are not afraid to be goofy, whimsical, and heroic at the same time, expressing the time honored trait of loyalty. Steve Jones‘ dogs are indicative of a mischievous partner in crime and best friend to share an inside joke with. Rene’ Martucci's companions are stoic and intelligent with stories to share, and Jeff Downing's cohorts are dreamers and adventurers and the protectors of memory.

The Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is committed to the promotion of Artists working in Clay, especially those who make dogs.

 

What Lies Beneath at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts. 

Feb.14 - March 15, 2020.
Opening Reception: February 16, 4-6pm.

Surreal: marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream, having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic:

We are excited to present sculptural work in clay that fits the definition of Surreal. Work that is born in the subconscious space between dreams and consciousness. Where the unreal can manifest itself in a fantastical way. Work that provides insight into the world of the imagined and unreal.

Lisa Clague, Juror.
"My work evokes a place between the subconscious and the intangible. My masked figures are hybrid creatures, mistresses of ambiguity and disguise, of seduction and deception. These images like dreams are familiar but illusive. Dreams compress and heighten reality. They may bring delightful fantasy or feverish fear, fusion of overlaying images reflects desire, anxiety and the poetic lure of many inner worlds. Fairy tales, childhood games and masks, hallucinations, ghosts, insects, animals, bones and worms, are images in a passageway between what is dreamt what is lived, what is remembered and what is to come."   - Lisa Clague

Lisa Clague received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her
Master of Fine Art degree from California College of Arts and Crafts.