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The Collective – So Cal Ceramicists
October 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The collective is a group of local Southern California artists primarily working in the ceramics medium who create a variety of stunning works ranging from the purely functional, to expressive vessels, and unique forms of sculpture, all in a wide tapestry of color and textural surfaces.
This collective of eight artists includes; Ray Yocum, whose work contains Japanese influences and a particular zen aesthetic due to the improvisation, and “spontaneity” in stretching, ripping, and distorted manipulation involved in creating his works. CJ Jilek creates works inspired by the sensuality of the natural world and draws upon botanical forms and their openly displayed reproductive elements as a metaphor for human sexuality. Her works are color and texturally intense and exude an organic vibrancy. Jack Halpern’s work utilizes the primitive process of pit/smoke firing to achieve strong, contrasting surface tones on sculptural forms inspired by ancient archeological ceramic relics. His hand-built works contemporary in design employ rich natural textures and organic beauty.
The work of Brian Peshek is varied in type, style, technique, and process. He has an eclectic body of work including sculptural vessels, functional tea bowls, and a series of graphics works incorporating stock iconography in creating pictogram puzzles. Gina Lawson Egan is a figurative ceramic sculptor with a focus on the human head and facial features which also investigates the archetypal female figure. The work of Janet Neuwalder’s exists outside the realm of name’s, but instead is reminiscent of something, sometime, or someplace. Her mysterious works of a mix of rough and smooth, dry and shiny really draws you in to investigate. David Kiddie’s recent sculptural works in clay are directly inspired by the structure of life forms found at the microscopic level. Heidi Kreitchet imbues her work with passion, power, animation, and elasticity. Her works are often wood-fired, explore line and gesture and are derived from the concept of the vessel.
Please join us on the evening of Friday, October 4th 2019 for an exhibition of this group’s most recent works.