The piece below was selected to be shown in "Containment: Clemson Ceramics National Juried Exhibition". Juror Frank Martin chose works for this exhibition that explore “containment” through the lens of functional ceramics, with the idea of containment being interpreted literally or conceptually. On view from October 3rd through November 7th, the show is at Rudolph E. Lee Gallery, Center for Visual Arts, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. Gallery hours are Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
For nearly two years I have been working on curating an exhibition involving "shuki", or sake vessels. This coming November it will become a reality with the opening of "Shuki: The Intimate Vessels of Sake" at Vessels Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. This is an exhibition of contemporary ceramic sake vessels from Japan and the United States, with seven Japanese artists and 16 American artists represented. Participating are Joe Bruhin, Peter Callas, James Coquia, John Dix, Judtih Duff, Ron Hand, Chuck Hindes, Osamu Inayoshi, Elizabeth Kendall, Dick Lehman, Hiromi Matsukawa, Shozo Michikawa, Richard Milgrim, Kristin Muller, Takao Okazaki, Shiro Otani, Jeff Shapiro, Roy Strassberg, Kato Takahiko, Mike Weber, Tsuruta Yoshihisa, and myself. One of the pieces I will be exhibiting is a sake cup titled, "Black Seto Guinomi". It was pulled from the kiln around 2400 degrees Fahrenheit and immediately immersed in water, a technique known as "hikidashi". The iron-rich Connecticut River clay slip that covered the piece turned black through this process. Here is a video showing this activity, which took place at Chris Gustin's anagama in South Dartmouth, MA.
The guinomi shown below was juried into "Flash Point - An International Wood Fire Exhibition". Juror John Balistreri selected an exemplary collection of 50 pieces for this exhibition. It is being shown at Plinth Gallery, 3520 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO. The show opens October 5th with an artist reception and awards ceremony, from 5:00 until 10:00 pm., and runs through December 1st, 2012.