Jul 5th - Jul 28th, 2019
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Mingei, or art of the people, was a movement begun in 1926 by Sōetsu Yanagi and others. Just shy of a century later, the ideals of Mingei are still relevant to generations of potters in the U.S. and abroad. Everyday Ordinary: Art of the People is an exhibition of contemporary ceramics and a catalogue of essays reflecting the principles and philosophies of twentieth century Mingei traditions for a new generation. The display showcases ceramic pieces that represent the breadth of our history and exciting paths within the expansive and diverse ceramic field.
To celebrate The Clay Studio’s 45th anniversary we invited 45 artists to reflect on three seminal texts on ceramics: The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty by Sōetsu Yanagi highlights a roadmap towards beauty, A Potter’s Book by Bernard Leach describes the road towards a criterion, and A Potter’s Workbook by Clary Illian provides exercises towards seeing a form holistically.
Each artist was invited to submit an essay meditating on concepts in the three books and therefore contribute to the written history of craft and inspire other artists to meditate on these important works.
Shop our Everyday Ordinary Collection here.
Purchase the 100-page catalog here.
STANLEY MACE ANDERSEN
MICHAEL HUNT + NAOMI DALGLISH
JACOB RAEDER + LAYLA MROZOWSKI
March 27 - 30 | various times
The Clay Studio is proud of its artists — past and present — who have exhibitions or talks at NCECA's 53rd annual conference ("Claytopia") this year in Minneapolis. Here is a listing so far — visit nceca.net for more details • Nate Willever, Takuro and Hitomi Shibata, "Everyday Ordinary" Gallery Expo Talk • Yehrim Lee: “Shifting Reverence,” a group show showcasing individualized appropriation of Mingei philosophy and tradition through sculptural retranslations • Jason Lee Starin: 2019 NCECA Annual “The Form Will Find Its Way: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural Abstraction," a juried exhibition • Jason Lee Starin: “Strange Place,” an invited exhibition • Nick Lenker: “Emerging Artist Exhibition” • Andrea Marquis: “Sin” and “Other Objects” • Roberta Massuch: “Everyday Ordinary,” an invited show of 45 artists contemplating Mingei today • Roberta Massuch: “Past Curfew,” a juried pop-up exhibition • Kukuli Velarde: Claytopia’s Demonstrating Artist • Hiroe Hanazono, with Jennifer Zwilling, Josie Bockelman, Hope Rovelto: “Going Places / Staying Centered,” a panel discussion about how The Clay Studio is working with our new neighbors as we plan to build a new home • Gerald Brown, with Steven Branfman: “Claystories 5,” an open mic for clay artists to share their stories • “Creative Collective” highlights 13 artists who have worked over the last 45 years to build The Clay Studio as a place that supports artists and makes ceramic art available to all people. Jimmy Clark, Jill Bonovitz, Jennifer Martin, Janice Merendino, Matthew Courtney, Linda Cordell, Hide Sadohara, Claire Shenk Rodgers, Kathryn Narrow, Amy Sarner Williams, Kathie Regan, Ken Vavrek, Candy Coated.
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