Redwood City, CA – Mainly Clay 2013, an annual group exhibit showcasing five three-dimensional artists from The Main Gallery opens Wednesday April 24th and runs through Sunday, May 26th. This group of artistic specialties includes jewelry, fiber art, and ceramics. The Main Gallery, located at 1018 Main Street in Redwood City, will host an opening reception with the artists on Saturday April 27th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This years Mainly Clay 2013 artists share inspiration from nature’s seasons and creatures.
“Spring Awakening”, the new collection of jewelry by Elfi Altendorfer, is inspired by nature’s materials and vibrant colors. The long multi-strand necklaces have a beautiful cascading effect. The choker-style necklaces are classic and understated as are the coil bracelets and earrings. Most of the pieces are lightweight, using polymer clay, resin nuts, silver, and metal chains.
Ceramics artist Doris Fischer describes her influences:
“I am always drawn to the elegance of plants, and often bring them into my work either representationally as an imprint, or literally, to reside in a carefully designed vessel.” She adds that her work travelled in three distinct directions:
First she created large platters in the “winter” series- a series with plant imprints and suggestions of snow in the background.
Second, Fischer developed a new series of porcelain cups and saucers with curly handles and offset saucers.
Third, she has a created new vase forms to enjoy with or without the lovely flowers of spring.”
In this exhibit, ceramicist Susan Wolf has continued the themes that influenced her during preparation for her previous show, Insects and Bugs. Wolf reflects that her new series of bowls are “..all about butterflies…” In addition, the teapots are austere with single colors and simple images on the sides. Her simple, elegant horses range from somber to circus-like.
For this exhibition, artist Nina Koepcke displays clay pieces “similar to previous work, namely images with birds and people.” However, her newer art combines found wood objects with clay additions. She explains that her new direction uses fish, masks, and anti-gun imagery, all of which continue along a path first started with a previous Main Gallery show entitled Day of the Dead.
Andrea Rosenman, a fiber artist, jokes that her work falls into the ‘mainly’ part of the Mainly Clay exhibit. In addition to Rosenman’s new collection of felt cups and saucers, she has made six two-dimensional felt wall pieces, which ironically have ceramic vessels as imagery.
Don’t miss seeing Mainly Clay, a sampling of some of the Peninsula’s best three-dimensional art at The Main Gallery!
The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with some 20 members, showcases the work of some of the best local talent in the Bay Area. The Gallery is located at 1018 Main Street at the corner of Main and Middlefield in the historic yellow Victorian Cottage in Redwood City. The Main Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.