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Keystone Clay: East

Baltimore Clayworks is excited to host Keystone Clay: East from January 12thto March 2nd, 2019. There will be a closing reception on Saturday, March 2nd from 4-6pm.

This is the first of two exhibitions showcasing the ceramic programs at Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Our three Galleries will be displaying work from the professors and their students side by side, highlighting the ceramic education and inspiration. East will feature work by artists from Millersville University, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia University of the Arts, Tyler School of Art and Westchester University. West will be from March 16th– May 11th, 2019 with Arcadia University, Edinboro University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Juniata College, Penn State, Slippery Rock University and Shippensburg University.

There are many reasons for this theme. Oftentimes, teachers are so focused on their students, fostering skills, maintaining the classroom that one’s own studio practice is neglected or Call for Entries slip by. Or the cost of applying and shipping to a show is too much for a student, so perhaps this will be their first exhibition…of many. New educational models are in place with post-baccalaureate students and adjuncts sharing the classroom responsibilities with tenured professors and Clayworks would like to celebrate those contributions.

Clayworks really wants to support those emerging artists. Our mission is to “develop, promote and sustain” artistic talent, whether that is in our own classrooms and community or with our neighbors to the North. In addition, we hope our proximity will encourage those students to visit us, to be introduced to our organization and facilities (Wood kiln!) and perhaps encourage them to apply for a residency or internship, so in turn we can bolster that facet of our programing.

We are envisioning and exhibition that will showcase a student’s success that a teacher helped bring into fruition. Celebrate the artistic growth they have nurtured, whether being expressed in functional wares, large scale sculpture, intriguing installations and any ideas in between.

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Also on display is Baltimore Clayworksforce Development Program Inaugural Show from January 11thto March 2nd, 2019. There will be a soft opening reception Friday, January 11thfrom 1-2:30.

Baltimore Clayworks Community Arts program has partnered with Baltimore City Public Schools Transition Services of the Office of Special Education to create a new, innovative classroom where students explore creative ceramic practices along with developing skills they can apply to future work environments. The youth in this program are between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one and are new to ceramics. Over the past few months they have developed fundamental ceramic skills along with a knowledge of studio maintenance, firing practices and glazing. The students have had a chance to develop their fine motor skills and practice articulating and discussing their creative process in addition to developing a basic understanding of ceramic techniques. Along with the art work, students’ artist statements are on display throughout the space.

Both exhibitions are free and open to the public

Recent Sculptures: David Aaron Friedheim

The Project Space Gallery show Recent Sculpture features the whimsical works of metal sculptor David Aaron Friedheim. Life-size, ridiculous, and constructed from recycled and re-imagined parts, you can see the mischievous joy involved in their making and hopefully, some of that fun will rub off on the viewer. “I start with intuition followed by reflection and critical evaluations.  Some things can only be thought with the hands. I like building something large out of an accumulation of smaller parts. The element of play is important in my work; serious, creative play.”

David Aaron Friedheim received his BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.  He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States.  He had built artwork on commission for private and public clients including such firms as Bill Graham Presents.  In 1999 he was a founding member of the The Crucible, a school devoted to linking the arts, industry, and community in Berkeley, CA.  Currently he lives in Baltimore where he co-directs the collaborative art group Grendel’s Mother with his fellow artist and wife Trisha Kyner.  This past year he received an Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland Arts Council in the category of Crafts.

David Aaron Friedheim’s Baker Portfolio

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Aberrant Beings: Brad Blair

The Solo Gallery will house Aberrant Beings a show of otherworldly creatures by Brad Blair. Driven by his imagination, the artist probes the unknown and unexplained using humor, curiosity and just a touch of anxiety. “Symbolic of situations encountered around our world, these obscure oddities help convey a message regarding this mysterious life we live, in a universe which is yet to be fully explored.”

Brad Blair is an artist, educator and gallery coordinator living in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2014, he earned an M.F.A. degree from Florida State University (FSU) focusing on ceramics and sculpture. Prior to FSU, he graduated from Towson University in 2009 with a B.S. degree, majoring in Art & Design. Aside from making artwork and exhibiting it nationally, Blair is an adjunct professor at Towson University, Chesapeake Gallery Coordinator at Harford Community College and instructor of ceramic classes at Baltimore Clayworks and The New Phoenix Pottery.

www.bradblairceramics.com

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Riding Long Dead Horses: Trisha Kyner

The Back Room of the Main Gallery will showcase a solo installation by Trisha Kyner called Riding Long Dead Horses. There will be three half-sized figures  astride an empty saddle, looking off into the distance. “I wanted them marked by the land, the journey.  I was thinking about my own family myths, the grain of truth and toughness, as well as how false pride and privilege had shaped our stories. I was thinking about escapes and reinventions, but I also wanted to engage in a bit of mockery and re-evaluation of myth.”

Trisha Kyner is an Assistant Professor of Art at the Community College of Baltimore County. As a figurative sculptor her work has been shown at Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, NCECA, the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, the National Gallery of Art in Mumbai, India, and the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art.  Ms. Kyner holds a B.F.A. for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.F.A. from the University of Montana. She lives and works in a converted grocery store in Woodlawn, MD, and is an Associate Artist at Baltimore Clayworks.  

www.trishakyner.wordpress.com

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Of Mind and Memory: Sara E. Morales-Morgan

Our Main Gallery will host Of Mind and Memory, a solo exhibition by Sara E. Morales-Morgan, former Baltimore Clayworks’ 2016-2017 Lormina Salter Fellowship Artist. The show will feature her porcelain figurative sculptures, paintings, and jewelry. “My artwork explores my notions of identity and home through the creation of illustrated ceramic sculptures. Using female figures, iconography, and domestic scenery, I present personal themes of femininity, memory, and mental health to discuss what are ultimately universal experiences. I draw inspiration from historical portraiture for my figure’s forms, clothing, and some imagery. Themes like longing, love, fragility, strength, and family have been depicted in art throughout history. Although we often feel isolated in our experiences, looking at women from the past helps me to see that I am not alone and to feel a sense of validation. I hope others can connect to my work in similar ways.”

Sara E. Morales-Morgan is an artist from San Jose, California, and Hartselle, Alabama, currently located in Baltimore, Maryland. Her artwork explores her notions of identity and home through the creation of illustrated ceramic sculptures. She earned her Master’s degree in Ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of South Alabama. She has exhibited her work in over 50 exhibitions nationally; most notably in the 2017 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, the Archie Bray Foundation’s “Beyond the Brickyard” exhibition, the annual National Conference for the Education of Ceramic Arts; and at the Dairy Barn Arts Center’s “OH+5: Ohio Border Biennial” exhibition, where she won “Best in Show.” Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly and in 500 Figures in Clay Volume 2 by LARK Books. She has been a resident artist at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts’ “Pentaculum,” at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts as a Kiln God Award recipient, and at Baltimore Clayworks as the 2016 – 2017 Lormina Salter Fellow.

www.saraemor.com

www.saraemor.com

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