Time measured by ceramics


Old traditions and new technologies come together in the fall gallery exhibitions at the Arvada Center.

“Earth Moves: Shifts in Ceramic Art and Design” takes a look at the changing world of ceramics, and how fine arts, industry and design are blending into that world. The show is on display in the Main Gallery.

“Continuing Legacies: Evolving Ceramic Traditions” examines some of the oldest forms of ceramics, and brings artists who have been working in the form for generations to the fore. The show is on display in the Upper Gallery.

Both shows will be on display at the center’s galleries, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., through Nov. 10. The galleries are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

“I think they’re really interesting shows — there are so many different things in both of them,” said curatorial assistant Kristin Bueb. “A lot of what’s on display is so much different from what people are used to, and shows how people can push the boundaries.”

The shows were put together by the center’s ceramic coordinator Bebe Alexander, who said they were extremely challenging because of the nature of the works.

“With Earth Moves, the shifts in technology and design were the focus, and we wanted to display artists who are using new tools,” she said.

The call for artists was put out in March, and jurors whittled the submissions down to eight invited artists and 42 juried artists from all over the country.

Many of these artists are using computer-aided design and 3-D printing and renderings to add new dimensions to their work.

Some particularly striking installations on display include a “Glyph” series from David Kaufmann, who created porcelain models of iPads and uses the finger swipes from the screen to create modern hieroglyphics.

There is also a a recreation of a Synaptic Lab by Donna Webb, that has maps, lab equipment and bottles and vials, which suggests the mixing of science and art in groundwater landscape.

Alexander said the “Continuing Legacies” exhibit serves as a nice counterpoint to the main gallery, showing ancient forms of pottery and ceramics that have been practiced for generations.

“We have Takashi Nakazato, 13th generation Japanese potter,” she said. “Also on display are the works of Kazu Oba, who studied with Nakazato and is on staff at the Center.”

The pottery of Adam Field, studied under seventh generation Korean potter, Kim ll-Maan, was the germ of the exhibit idea, Alexander said.

He studied the Korean art of onggi pottery, and part of the exhibit is a video of how Field creates the massive pots.

Other participating artists include Trevor Dunn, Simon Leach, Ben Owen III and Michael Wisner.

For more information on the exhibits, visit www.arvadacenter.org.


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