An exhibition Wood-Fired Pottery and Wood-Block Prints
First Friday Citywide Event
March 2, 2018
From: 5-8:30 PM
Artists' Talk, March 3, 2018
From: 1-3:00 PM
Show closes: March 30, 2018
Willi Singleton states, "Holding Space is a term that can have widely varying meanings. I use the term Holding Space as a way of considering how clay vessels "hold space" in very concrete ways, while also performing metaphorically as a way of conveying attachment to place, since my pots are essentially expressions of my place. My clay is my local mountain (Hawk Mountain), mixed with remnants of a regional waterway (the Susquehanna river delta). My glazes are my backyard (bamboo, forest wood, and clay from the creek) and surrounding fields (corn), plus a few things from the ceramic supply store. This place has given birth to these clay artifacts that embody my three decade dialogue with my Kempton surroundings.
My pots will be accompanied by two series of new prints. One series depicts some of the processes by which these pots come into being. This is my attempt to show that the richness of the product results from the beauty of the process. I will also be showing prints made during a residency at the Herekeke Art Center, near Taos, of the mountains and rivers in that vicinity. These prints are inspired by both the Herekeke surroundings and Gary Snyder. Snyder talks about mountains channeling water just as rivers shape mountains. Similarly, people shape their place just as the place shapes the people, by posing possibilities and imposing parameters we must work in coordination with. Please stop by the gallery to see these prints that support my pots as evidence of this principle of mutual shaping, of potter and place".
Noel states, "As a potter, the process of forming clay into a functional piece of pottery is a journey that gives me a great sense of purpose. I enjoy each step of the journey and the process involved. Working with clay commands your complete attention and has taught me to slow down, focus, and pay more attention to the smallest details. I believe that pottery is art that can live in a functional space and it is a connection to traditions both ancient and contemporary."
Harriette Tsosie states, "I created this body of work in honor of my late father, who loved and taught astronomy. With the advent of a sun centered universe and development of modern telescopes and space probes, the idea of "music of the spheres" has evolved. Science tells us that in order for sound to travel, there must be molecules for it to travel through. The scrolls incorporate symbols and languages related to the planets over time. Mythology, science and history are all influences."