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The Clay Studio

Transference: Transfer Printing and Contemporary Ceramics

October 7 through November 27, 2016

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE RELATED SYMPOSIUM
Technicalities: Meaning in Methods, October 28-30, 2016
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Transference
explores how the combination of ceramics and transfer print technology enables the immediacy of printmaking to be joined with the enduring nature of fired clay. The title of this project refers to the transferring of social and political concepts between cultures and across time periods. Soon after its development in mid-18th Century England, transfer printing became the pop art of its time, commemorating everything from the launch of ships to historic sites and landscapes. Artists used the print technique to decorate plates, bowls, teapots, and vases in order to spread popular imagery and patterns around the globe. By the time the process hit the U.S., the prints expanded to include cultural and political events and themes, such as vistas of the American landscape, the Liberty Bell, and the Centennial Exhibition in 1876. For ceramic artists in the US and UK, transfer ware has become a ubiquitous aspect of our collective material heritage.

 

Today, contemporary artists are mining this historic process and mixing new digital techniques to create work that responds to the immediacy of our modern world, whether politically, socially, or culturally. The interdisciplinary nature of much contemporary art being made today is reflected in the process. Artists use everything from traditional intaglio printing methods to modern technology to make prints that are immediate, personal, digitized, and/or imbued with historic references. The combination of historic process with contemporary ideas and design continues to result in dynamic, thoughtful works of art that resonate through the fields of art, design, history, and technology.

 

Current transfer print artists experiment with alchemy and juxtaposition, pushing the boundaries of the process to make innovative contemporary art. Transference will showcase a range of practices from traditional to the most advanced type of 3-D printing available today, and everything in between. Participating artists have been selected to include a wide range of techniques and concepts explored in the work. Andrew Raftery’s work is made using precise traditional methods, while while Paul Scott commemorates the Fukushima disaster.

 

Transference: Transfer Printing on Contemporary Ceramic Art will be on view at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia from October 7 to November 27, 2016. Philadelphia has a dynamic and active contemporary art scene that is enriched by the city’s long history of art and craftsmanship. Partnerships will include The Print Center and The Philadelphia Museum of Art, where a concurrent display of historic transfer ware will be on view. We will also partner with CraftNOW, a new citywide programming and marketing collaboration among Philadelphia craft organizations including the Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Tyler School of Art, and the University of the Arts. These connections will create visibility for this project within the community.

 

Transference Guest Artist-in-Residence: During the run of the show, The Clay Studio will host Charlotte Hodes as our Guest Artist-in-Residence (confirmed October-November 2016). Hodes’ work crosses artistic mediums; she uses ceramics, glass, print, and collage while exploring the boundaries between decorative, functional, and conceptual practice. During an artist placement at the renowned UK Spode ceramic factory, Hodes used their historical collections of print transfers to produce her own unique pieces, including two dinner services, one of which was included in the 2003 Design Biennial at the Design Museum London. Philadelphia’s wealth of historical material can serve as continued inspiration to Hodes’ work, just as her work can serve as inspiration to our community of artists.

A related symposium will be offered October 28-30, 2016 in collaboration with The Center for Art in Wood and Craft NOW Philadelphia.  The keynote talk will be "Production Values: The Relevance of Technique in Contemporary Art and Design" by Glenn Adamson.


Participating Artists:

Paul Scott, Charlotte Hodes, Andrew Raftery, Jessica Brandl, Adam Chau, Nicholas Lenker, Hope Rovelto, James Aarons, Dominique Ellis, Roberta Griffiths, Darien Johnson, Mimi Logothetis, Paul McMullen, Paul Mathieu, Peter Olson, Stephanie Osser, Adam Paulek, Jessica Putnam Phillips, Carrie Reichardt, Justin Rothshank, Lynn Richardson, Irit Rosenberg, Nancy Selvin, Hilary Wang, Dustin Yager, Valerie Zimany


Adam Chau
Portrait Plate, Slab molded porcelain with CNC decorated cobalt, 0.5" x 8" x 9", 2016, $50/each

(Book) The Autobiography of a Garden on Twelve Engraved Plates
Andrew RafteryThe title, which is partly in tribute to Gertrude Stein's ''The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas'', addresses the notion that this project details the full life of the garden, including its inception, development, decline and dormancy.
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Andrew Raftery
JANUARY: Reading Seed Catalogs, The Autobiography of a Garden on Twelve Engraved Plates, Set of 12 Engravings Transfer Printed on Glazed White Earthenware, 12.5" x 12.5", 2016, $12,000 for set, Courtesy of Ryan Lee Gallery

Andrew Raftery
JUNE: Training a Passion Vine, The Autobiography of a Garden on Twelve Engraved Plates, Set of 12 Engravings Transfer Printed on Glazed White Earthenware, 12.5" x 12.5", 2016, $12,000 for set, Courtesy of Ryan Lee Gallery

Andrew Raftery
MAY: Cultivating Lettuce, The Autobiography of a Garden on Twelve Engraved Plates, Set of 12 Engravings Transfer Printed on Glazed White Earthenware, 12.5" x 12.5", 2016, $12,000 for set, Courtesy of Ryan Lee Gallery

Andrew Raftery
JULY: Fertilizing, The Autobiography of a Garden on Twelve Engraved Plates, Set of 12 Engravings Transfer Printed on Glazed White Earthenware, 12.5" x 12.5", 2016, $12,000 for set, Courtesy of Ryan Lee Gallery

Andrew Raftery
SEPTEMBER: Mowing, The Autobiography of a Garden on Twelve Engraved Plates, Set of 12 Engravings Transfer Printed on Glazed White Earthenware, 12.5" x 12.5", 2016, $12,000 for set, Courtesy of Ryan Lee Gallery

Andrew Raftery
NOVEMBER: Digging Dahlia Tubers, The Autobiography of a Garden on Twelve Engraved Plates, Set of 12 Engravings Transfer Printed on Glazed White Earthenware, 12.5" x 12.5", 2016, $12,000 for set, Courtesy of Ryan Lee Gallery

Andrew Raftery
DECEMBER: Contemplating in the Snow, The Autobiography of a Garden on Twelve Engraved Plates, Set of 12 Engravings Transfer Printed on Glazed White Earthenware, 12.5" x 12.5", 2016, $12,000 for set, Courtesy of Ryan Lee Gallery

Adam Paulek
A Very Difficult Fall, Porcelain, 4" x 2" x 3", 2015, $2,500 SOLD

Carrie Reichardt
Twisted Oliver, Alfred Meakin Plate, 7.25" x 7.25", 2016, $250

Carrie Reichardt
Bringing the Boys Back Home, Victorian Plate, 7.87" x 7.87", 2010, $350

Charlotte Hodes
Winter Mist, Handcut transfer on China, Unique, 2016, $2,400

Charlotte Hodes
Portrait, Handcut transfer on China, Unique, 2016, $3,155

Charlotte Hodes
Leaning, Handcut transfer on China, Unique, 2016, $1,650

Charlotte Hodes
Passing Cloud, Handcut transfer on China, Unique, 2015, $3,155

Charlotte Hodes
Palm, Handcut transfer on China, Unique, 2016, $1,650

Charlotte Hodes
Hidden, Handcut transfer on China, Unique, 2016 $1,650

Darien Arikoski-Johnson
Tri-659, Porcelain, digital decals from scanned works on paper, luster, 10.5" x 6" x 5", 2016, $2,900

Darien Arikoski-Johnson
Bottom Up Top Down, Porcelain, digital decals from scanned works on paper, luster, 7" x 4.5" x 1.5", 2016, $550

Darien Arikoski-Johnson
Unframed in Gold, Porcelain, digital decals from scanned works on paper, Kathal wire, china paint, luster, 9.5" x 6" x 5", 2016, $2,700

Dominique Ellis
ERROR_BROKEN_PIPE 109, Earthenware, 2016, $275

Dominique Ellis
The Languished Landscape, Earthenware, 2016, $450

Dustin Yager
Untitled (hello it's me), Porcelain, decals, gold luster, 22.5" x 6" x 12", 2016, $1700

Hilary Wang
Porcelain Stands, Cast porcelain, enamel decal, mason stain, 6" x 11" x 6", 2014, $1,800.

Hilary Wang
Upright Position.02, Cast porcelain, enamel decal, 8" x 7" x 7", 2014, $1,200.

Hilary Wang
Upright Position.01, Cast porcelain, enamel decal, 8" x 7" x 7", 2014, $1,200

Irit Rosenberg
Mapped Bowl, White Earthenware, Transference/Silkscreen, $250

Irit Rosenberg
Untitled, Earthenware, metal, wire, 17" x 17 "x 3", $1,200

James Aarons
Then, Again Berta (2nd Edition), Porcelain, found object, pins, 2016, $325

James Aarons
Then, Again Gladys, Porcelain, found object, pins, 2016, $325

Lynn Richardson & Paul McMullan
Contained, Earthenware/ Resin, 7.5" x 11" x 1.5", 2016, $175

Lynn Richardson & Paul McMullan
Journey, Earthenware/ Resin, 7.5" x 11" x 1.5", 2016, $175

Lynn Richardson & Paul McMullan
Discovery, Earthenware/ Resin, 7.5" x 11" x 1.5", 2016, $175

Mimi Logothetis
Bon Voyage, Porcelain, 24" x 18" x 6", 2015, $2,000 SOLD

Nancy Selvin
Findings #010, Ceramic, 13" x 14" x 4", 2013, $2600

Nancy Selvin
Findings #014, Ceramic, 13" x 13" x 4", 2012, $2600

Nancy Selvin
Findings #013, Ceramic, 13" x 13" x 4", 2012, $2600

Nick Lanker
Knowledge, Luster, custom ceramic decals, 2016, $1,800

Nick Lanker
Sword, Luster, custom ceramic decals, 2016, $2,200

Nick Lanker
Order Overpowers Chaos, Luster, custom ceramic decals, 2009, $2,200

Paul Mathieu
Masks Flower Vases (front+back), Porcelain, 2016, $10,000

Paul Mathieu
Galaxies Flower Vases (side one + side two), Porcelain, 2016, $10,000

Paul Mathieu
Hadron Colliders Flower Vases, Porcelain, Digital decals, $10,000

Paul Scott
Scott's Cumbrian Blue(s), American Scenery, Grain Silo No: 2, Porcelain, 2015, $2,500

Paul Scott
Scott's Cumbrian Blue(s), American Scenery, Clouds No: 2 (After Cadre and Lisa), Porcelain, 2015, $1,200

Paul Scott
Scott's Cumbrian Blue(s), American Scenery,(New Jersey) Turnpike No: 4, Porcelain, 2015, $1,800

Paul Scott
Scott's Cumbrian Blue(s) WILLOW, Porcelain, 2014, $2,800

Peter Olson
New York Streets Series, Stoneware, original photography, 2016, $4600 for pair. 

Stephanie Osser
The Barber of Seville in My Home Town, Porcelain, silk screened images, wood, 27" x 11" x 17", 2013, $4,000

Valerie Zimany
Chigiri-e (Bakusou), Porcelain, vintage decals, gold, enamel, 2015, $3,500