National Biennial Ceramics Exhibition

November 14, 2011 - February 4, 2012

  • Curated by Suze Lindsay
  • Reception and Curatorial Talk: December 1, 6-8 p.m., gallery lounge
  • Live music by the Parkland College Guitar Ensemble
  • Additional Exhibit Lecture given by Suze Lindsay, December 1, 1:15pm in S119

Kathryn Finnerty, Algonquin: By the Light of the Silvery Moon, flower holder with base earthenware, 13" x 8" x 10", 2011Participating Artists:

  • Margaret Bohls
  • Jim Brashear
  • Kathryn Finnerty
  • Douglas Herren
  • Maren Kloppmann
  • Neil Patterson
  • Jane Shellenbarger
  • Jenny Lou Sherburne
  • Janice Strawder
  • Holly Walker

Suze Lindsay, curator for this year’s Ceramics Invitational, has been a professional potter for over 20 years and is a practicing artist in North Carolina. She has been a Core fellow at the prestigious Penland School of Arts and Crafts in Penland, North Carolina, one of a few unique educational programs that focus on contemporary crafts. For this invitational show, Lindsay has selected ceramic artists with whom she crossed paths during her earlier years at Penland and during her graduate studies, whose work she has followed for the past two decades.

Participating artists include a mix of studio artists and faculty at educational institutions across the country: Margaret Bohls (faculty, Anoka Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, MN); Jim Brashear (associate professor, University of Alaska, Fairbanks); Kathryn Finnerty (founder of Pleasant Hill Pottery and instructor at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR); Doug Herren (studio potter, Philadelphia, PA and instructor at Swarthmore College); Maren Kloppmann (studio potter, Minneapolis, MN); Neil Patterson (studio potter and instructor at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA); Jane Shellenbarger (assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in the School for American Craft); Jenny Lou Sherburne (studio potter, Bakersfield, NC); Janice Strawder (founder of Manayunk Pottery, Philadelphia, PA); and Holly Walker (studio potter and former director of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Maine).
“These artists all produce work that is significantly different from one another but have overlapping explorations of their medium. Using utilitarian pottery as the reference point, some go further outside of that tradition and fabricate works that are purely conceptual pieces,” said art gallery Director Lisa Costello. “This exhibition is curated based on the interwoven connection of artists influencing one another. Institutions like Penland are organic environments where students can come together and impact the identity of one another. The school is a vital part in this connection and development.”

Image: Kathryn Finnerty, Algonquin: By the Light of the Silvery Moon, flower holder with base earthenware, 13" x 8" x 10", 2011