Redwood City, CA – Mainly Clay 2014: an annual group exhibit, features four ceramics artists Doris Fishcher-Colbrie, Pixie Couch, Nina Koepcke, and Susan Wolf. The specialty show opens Wednesday, April 23rd at The Main Gallery, and runs through Sunday, May 25th.
The Main Gallery, located at 1018 Main Street in Redwood City, will be hosting a free opening reception with the artists on Saturday, April 26th, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Here is a small sampling of what you will find at The Main Gallery’s Mainly Clay exhibit:
Ceramics artist Doris Fischer-Colbrie creates pieces for Mainly Clay that mark the glory of growth in the garden. Using a high fire and raku process, Fischer-Colbrie produces representations of floral and grass imagery and adorns walls, vases, and sculptures in order to help provide a merge with the outdoors, and to welcome spring inside one’s home. Always interested in the plants around her, Fischer-Colbrie’s wall pieces show plant imprints in clay, with the layering of clay for additional texture. Her vases often take on non-standard forms, designed to simplify floral presentations. She uses a variety of glazing techniques to achieve varying surface textures ranging from smooth to coarse. Fischer-Colbrie’s atypical sculptural pieces arise from her amusement in discovering unusual seedpods and plants amongst more common vegetation.
Ceramicist Pixie Couch is showing functional ceramics such as cups, bowls, plates, wall vases, and her signature small clay boxes. Couch claims to have rediscovered the fun of decorating using wax resist. Her new work has multiple layers of resist patterns where the clay has been sponged away to reveal layers of petals and leaves. Wax is also used to resist one glaze on top of another, thus causing no duplicate pieces, and uniquely presenting a multi-chrome effect, revealing a “rainbow of colors.”
Without a wheel, ceramicist Susan Wolf creates traditional pottery pieces for Mainly Clay. Wolf displays handmade dishes such as cups, teapots, and little bowls. With her product, the surface is far more important than its usefulness. The colors and designs Wolf used were inspired by Russian patterns, which were in turn influenced by the Sochi Olympic Games.
Nina Koepcke’s new work for the Mainly Clay show is sparked by a love of reading and book illustration, specifically the art of Philip Guston. Koepcke’s new work incorporates visual puns and clothing references. Many of her pieces have a coat theme with an art history source. Additionally Koepcke references current events in the titles of her pieces such as to “A Coat of Arms”,” Poking at a Stuffed Shirt” and “Boots On The Ground”.
Don’t miss this Mainly Clay show, an annual group exhibit at The Main Gallery.
The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with some 22 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. For more information, please visit our website at www.themaingallery.org or call The Main Gallery at (650) 701-1018.