MudFire Gallery hosts “Constructed” a national invitational review of handbuilt contemporary clay constructions. The show features ceramic artwork created without a potters wheel, and freed from the aesthetic confines of the round.
The artist reception and exhibit opening will be held Saturday, April 24, from 5-9 pm. A daunting range of techniques and styles will be presented. Starting with coil, slab, and poured forms, the artists proceed to gouge, pound, scratch, pierce, punch, bore holes and otherwise impress their will onto wet clay… resulting in craggy textures, tromp l’oeil tree bark, flowing curves, or magnificently symmetrical patterns. Onto these painstakingly prepared surfaces we’ll see detailed pen-and-ink style illustrations, broad brush strokes, whimsical folk art, electric color combinations, and the classic serendipity of natural ash glaze.
MudFire invited over twenty artists from across the United States to contribute their talents to this exhibition. “Constructed” examines the lasting qualities of clay dependent on human impulse, and expresses the importance of a craft that connects viewers to both ancient times and modern methods.
MudFire Gallery is located at 175 Laredo Drive, in Decatur, GA. Regular gallery hours are noon-8pm Thursday through Monday. MudFire can be reached by phone at 404-377-8033 and via email at email@example.com The exhibit and sale will be on display through May 22, 2010.