December 2016 at the Waverly Street Gallery, Bethesda MD
Astronomy Box (exterior and interior)
at MapQuest: new work in clay
November 8 – December 3, 2016
Waverly Street Gallery, Bethesda MD http://www.waverlystreetgallery.com Vessels, wall tiles, tile books with paper versos; see the images on the MapQuest page of this website.
The Barthes Boxes, above, are displayed at the Inaugural Exhibition of District Clay http://www.districtclaycenter.com from November 19, 2016 – January 15, 2017. They imagine Roland Barthes writing A Lover’s Discourse on the walls of buildings, and scribbling over his text.
Other sales this winter: Stone Tower and Popcorn Galleries, Glen Echo Park, MD, November 19 – January 15: wall tiles, boxes, jars; http://www.glenechopark.org/holiday-art-show-2016; Glen Echo Potters Annual sale GWU Mt. Vernon Campus, December 2 -December 4, http://www.glenechopottery.com/-events.html: plates, platters, and a lidded container or two
Borders. The piece below is an example of a series referring to the Partition of the Indian subcontinent. It was shown at the 24th Strictly Functional Pottery National (www.strictlyfunctionalpottery.net).
Others of the Borders series were exhibited at MapQuest (see the MapQuest page of images on this site).
Isobars, ocean currents, unreliable maps and spiny Australian plants on the surface of these pieces, interspersed with fragments from the diaries of Captain Cook or the thoughts of Captain Ahab, refer to the fervor and dread with which we sail into the unknown. Objectively perceived terrain or boundaries are also sketches of emotion and aspiration, “unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure”.
Also view my work at the Renwick Gallery shop, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006.
Creative Crafts Council 2015 Award Winners Exhibition October 2015-May 2016
This piece received a Ceramic Society of DC award. It is one of a series of Poetry Boxes/Brainwaves. I think of spinning Sufis, the alpha brainwaves leading to the poems, and the graphic imagery on the boxes evoking those of carpets and tiles.This is Rumi’s poem printed onto the surface:
Dance, when you’re broken open.
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you’re perfectly free . . . .
Some of these were in the last Strictly Functional Pottery National 2015 exhibit. I feel that dishes for food might remind those who can eat of those who can’t. So these plates have excerpts from Pablo Neruda’s “The Great Tablecloth”; for example:
Eating alone is a disappointment, but not eating matters more, is hollow and green, has thorns like a child of fish-hooks trailing from the heart, clawing at your insides.