The Morean Center for Clay (MCC) gets fired up in February with two extraordinary exhibitions that celebrate the contrast between functional and figurative pottery.
Florida Heat Surface Presenters Exhibition will display the works of seven nationally recognized artists Andrea Gill, John Gill, Kevin Snipes, Matt Wedel, Brenda Quinn, Lydia Johnson and Ben Carter in a showing of their own unique approach to designing well-thought-out pottery surfaces through glazing, slips, underglaze, decals, sgraffito, mishima and much more. The MCC will also present the works of 10 featured artists of Ceramic Sculpture Culture as they reveal the vastness of figurative ceramics. Opening reception for both shows will be held during Second Saturday ArtWalk, Saturday, February 9, 5-9p.
Florida Heat Surface Presenters Exhibition is being held in conjunction with the highly anticipated 5th Annual Florida Heat Surface workshop. The already sold-out workshop runs from February 7 – 10 and will be led by nationally-recognized artists demonstrating their approach in designing intricate pottery surfaces.
February also kicks off another exhibition, Ceramic Sculpture Collective, which features the works of 10 artists from Ceramic Sculpture Culture (CSC). Artists include Kevin Rohde, Travis Winters, Taylor Robenalt, Kyungmin Park, Jamie Bates Slone, Hannah Lee Cameron, David Kring, Gunyoung Kim, Benjamin Lambert, and Richard W. James. Their work goes beyond regional and institutional constructs of art making to create a large self-supported community in figurative works that ignite the imagination.
CSC is a collective engaging in exhibitions, panel discussions, demonstrations and artist-invite-artist residencies. The show was curated by MCCs second-year Artist-in-Residence, Emmett Freeman, whose own works explore the vastness of figurative ceramic sculptures.
“I chose these artists because of their exemplary figurative works and their outreach towards making a larger ceramic community. All of the artists work in different ways and with different content, but together they offer a wide breadth of figurative ceramic work”, says Freeman.
Florida Heat Surface Presenters Exhibition will be on view at the MCC from February 9 – March 31 and Ceramic Sculpture Collective will be on view at the MCC from February 9 – March 29. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public weekly, Tuesday – Saturday.
For more information on our Artist-in-Residence program at the Morean Center for Clay or the Morean Arts Center and upcoming exhibitions, please visit MoreanArtsCenter.org.
About the Morean Arts Center
The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio and the Morean Center for Clay.