Flora and Fauna

This spring, Baltimore Clayworks is celebrating their 40th Anniversary and a renewal of the season inspired by the blossoms and beasts of a refreshed landscape with a multitude of shows under the umbrella of Flora and Fauna. The exhibitions will run from March 7th- April 18th, 2020. The artist reception and artist talk, scheduled for Saturday, March 14th from 6-9, has been cancelled. Instead, an artist talk with Eliza Au will be on our Facebook and Instagram live at 5pm on Saturday, March 14th.

Clayworks is dividing up their Main Gallery into four pockets of focused themes to interpret the scope of the show:

Botany and Desire: Sculptural works influenced by plants and flowers. There will be abstract riffs on plants and more direct interpretations. Large, imposing works will share the room with more delicate and demure blossoms.

Joy Contained: Vases, flower bricks, and other containers for nature’s exuberant expressions. What better way to display nature’s artistry than in a hand-made vessel created from the Earth’s best material?

Animalia: Animal sculptures. Fluffy or fierce, animals inspire us with their personalities, gestures, and energy.

The Five Kingdoms: Functional wares with animal or botanical motifs. The Five Kingdoms are the scientific nomenclature of single/multi cell organisms: fungi, bacteria, animals and plants.

Featured artists include:

Kurt Anderson, Lorna Awalt, Kristin Benyo, Ashley Bevington, Shelsea Dodd, Krista Grecco, Martha Grover, Dani Hawk, Leslie Hinton, Lynne Hobacia, Bryan Hopkins, Shawn Ireland, Lisa Joerling, Jessica Knapp, Andrea Marquis, Samantha Momeyer, Brooke Noble, Adam Redd, Frank Saliani, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Sue Tirrell, and Robin Whiteman.

The Solo Gallery will host Axis and Intersection, featuring elaborate and intricate clay constructions by Eliza Au. This exhibition is a contemporary exploration historical architectural ornamentation translated with Computer Assisted Design (CAD). Au creates ceramic latticework tiles or structures that are then layered, stacked or slotted together to create new space or design. Patterns shift as you look through or walk around the work.

The title refers to physical and metaphorical axis and intersection. CAD programs use x, y, and z axis points to draw the design and coordinate location, and through these combinations create the layers and patterns of the artwork. One can also imagine how our personal axis and our interactions with others become new vectors and relationships. Au works to understand the unknown via the abstraction and reinterpretation of architectural places.

Baltimore Clayworks is excited to partner with Ladew Gardens to host Laura Amussen in their Project Space Gallery. Amussen is the Artist-in-Residence at Ladew and will present her mixed media work in a solo exhibition entitled Nurture.

With a background in medicine, Amussen explores the connection between nature and healing. Her innovative use of natural materials result in an ephemeral and emotionally dense visual landscapes that are astonishingly beautiful. The act of creating her art becomes a meditation; the process of collecting and arranging seeds, leaves and moss in her compositions is therapeutic. Amussen’s art is a vulnerable and potent collaboration with her environment.

On display in our Community Arts Gallery, The Potter's Guild of Baltimore: 65 Years of Clay showcases a subset of 10 members of the Potter's Guild of Baltimore, which comprises of over 50 members. The Potter’s Guild was founded in 1955 and has been a haven for potters and appreciators of clay ever since. Today, the Guild harbors a diverse community of ceramics artists of all ages and backgrounds, reflected in the rich breadth of work seen there. Despite a difficult period after a devastating flood in 2014, the Guild prevailed and was able to rebuild and flourish into a vibrant community celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2020.

Participating artists include: Anna Crooks, Gillian Foo, Wei Hann, Ann Hobart, Vicki McComas, Nicole Miles, Krystal Osman, Vianney Paul, Toby Rivkin, and Whitney Simpkins.

The Potters Guild of Baltimore is located in the Meadow Mill in Woodberry, where more member work can be found in the gallery. The Guild also offers wheel throwing and hand building classes for all levels.

All Baltimore Clayworks' exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. We hope you can join us to experience this celebration of Clayworks, Spring, and Ceramics!

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