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the visceral vessel exhibition

updated wed 31 aug 05


Dale Neese on tue 30 aug 05

Feeling the Vibes - The Visceral Vessel

North American Ceramic Artists Celebrate

Perception, Sensation

In Exhibition at Southwest School of Art & Craft

Cupping one's hands to hold a welcome drink of fresh water was perhaps
humankind's first vessel. A major exhibition opening September 1st at the
Southwest School of Art & Craft examines The Visceral Vessel - containers
which carry an emotional or even sensuous content, a jolt of refreshing
feeling to the viewer drinking them in.

The group exhibition will include significant works by 47
leading ceramic artists from the US, Canada and Mexico (see full list
below), who were invited to explore the theme of the visceral vessel in
contemporary ceramics.

Says Dennis Smith, Ceramics Department Chair at the Southwest
School of Art & Craft in San Antonio, TX, and one of the exhibition's
curators, "The artists in this exhibition transmit an energy into the vessel
form and its surface through intuitive, spontaneous, or gestural processes.
They may harness this visceral energy by the natural process of firing, as
with Robert Bede Clark's work; by the intuitive manipulation of form, as
with Susanne Stephenson's; or through a gestural manipulation of the
surface, as Matthias Ostermann does."

The exhibition opens Thursday, September 1st, in the Russell
Hill Rogers Gallery on the school's Navarro campus, 300 Augusta at Navarro,
San Antonio, with a public reception from 5:30-7:30PM.

Also opening that night is an exhibition of ceramic art by Steve
Reynolds, retiring Professor of Art at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
Reynolds has been a long-time leader in ceramics education, particularly in
his various leadership roles with the National Council on Education in the
Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

Artists exhibiting in The Visceral Vessel are:

Finn Alban (Maine)

Rob Barnard (Virginia)

Mary Barringer (Massachusetts)

George Bowes (Texas)

Joan Bruneau (Canada)

Dee Buck (Texas)

Mary Carroll (Minnesota)

Doug Casebeer (Colorado)

Paul Chaleff (New York)

John Chalke (Canada)

Sam Chung (Michigan)

Robert Bede Clarke (Missouri)

Bruce Cochrane (Canada)

Edward S. Eberle (Pennsylvania)

Kathryn Finnerty (Oregon)

Steven Glass (Virginia)

Rosario Guillermo (Mexico)

Chris Gustin (Maine)

Marian Haigh (Texas)

Paul Heroux (Maine)

Ayumi Horie (New York)

Nick Joerling (North Carolina)

Randy Johnston (Wisconsin)

Jan McKeachie Johnston (Wisconsin)

Dick Lehman (Indiana)

Suze Lindsay (North Carolina)

Elizabeth Lo (Montana)

Matt Long (Florida)

Kirk Mangus (Ohio)

Paul Matthieu (Canada)

Paul McCoy (Texas)

Ron Meyers (Georgia)

Andy Naisse (Georgia)

Elsa Naveda (Mexico)

Dale Neese (Texas)

Jeff Oestreich (Minnesota)

Lisa Orr (Texas)

Matthias Ostermann (Canada)

Tomas Owen (Mexico)

Pete Pinnell (Nebraska)

Liz Quackenbush (Pennsylvania)

Brad Schwieger (Ohio)

Virginia Scotchie (South Carolina)

Linda Sikora (Minnesota)

Susanne Stephenson (Michigan)

Holly Walker (North Carolina)

Catherine White (Virginia)