Jacob Raeder is an alum of The Clay Studio Resident Artist Program. He is part of the team that makes up Better Lovers. The exhibition will highlight new work.
Nate Willever is a member of The Clay Studio Resident Artist Program. His term will end this August, and this show will highlight the final works made at The Clay Studio.
Leroy Johnson (1937-2022) was a mixed-media artist whose work takes the form of painting, collage, and assemblage sculpture. A native of Philadelphia, his work is poetic and reflective of his many experiences in the inner city. He was a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio from 1995-2001.
My work examines the relationship between handmade techniques in modern art and design. My travels around the world, coupled with a deep appreciation for the details and forms found in West African art, have offered me a unique insight. Research--in mediums, processes, and techniques--is where I examine my ideas, and new concepts arise that are explored and then applied to future works. In this process, I channel the paths of renowned artists such as Lois Mailou Jones, Elizabeth Catlett, Barkley Hendricks, and others who came before me. Their dedication to both craft and purpose while keeping cultural traditions alive and creating legacies encourages me to continue to enhance my artistic heritage with meaning.
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