On March 1, 2013, Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, NC will open "Animated Lines: Ceramics by Deborah Schwartzkopf" & "In the Mix: A Ceramic Artists Forum".
The processes Deborah Schwartzkopf uses yield complex forms defined by animated lines and soft planes. Multiple parts are pieced together. At times she combines wheel thrown and hand built parts and at others a singular method is used. The slab parts are patterned and laid over bisqued clay molds. She builds these molds with reclaimed clay and shapes them with the wheel or by coil building. According to Deborah "Pots are a place where I embrace abstraction of emotions and communication in form. Birds are starting places in my study of stance and expression. I want to capture their expressions of precision and breath. The awkward pelican and elegant, buoyant loon embody curious shapes I mesh with geometric, sensual, and architectural elements. On the surfaces of my work, I merge our culture’s signals and nature’s placement of hue."
|"In The Mix" - Contemporary Practices in Ceramics|
2013 marks the second year of the Ceramic Surface Forum sponsored by the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. The forum is made up of invited artists that represent many facets of the field such as graduate students, professors, studio artists, and art center facilitators and directors. Participants are chosen based upon their handling of the material through a variety of decoration and construction processes, firing ranges and functions. For one week in the winter these artists engage in discussions, collaborate, research, and take risks among their peers and friends. "In the Mix" is an exhibit that highlights these artists, their work and their continuous commitment to the ceramic field. Participating artists include Benjamin Carter, Elisa DiFeo, David Eichelberger, Carole Epp, David Lee Gamble, Tracy Gamble, Rachel Garceau, Alex Irvine, Elizabeth Kendall, Roberta Massuch, Richard Nickel, Kelly O'Briant, Sandi Pierantozzi, Nathan Prouty, Adams Puryear, Emily Reason, Shawn Spangler, Natalie Tornatore, and Lana Wilson.
The exhibitions will open on March 1 and remain through April 25. Please join us for an artist reception Saturday, March 2 at 6pm. The exhibitions can be seen and purchased online beginning Friday, March 1 at midnight. For more information call 828-688-3599 or online at www.crimsonlaurelgallery.com. ;