Redwood City, CA –All Fired Up: A Potters’ Reunion will showcase the work of some of The Main Gallery’s best-loved ceramic artists, including seven past and present members: Pixie Couch, Doris Fischer-Colbrie, Nina Koepcke, Corinna Mori, Karen Truesdell, Susan Wolf, and Susan Yamaguchi. This specialty show opens Wednesday, April 22nd at The Main Gallery, and runs through Sunday, May 24th.
The Main Gallery, located at 1018 Main Street in Redwood City, will be hosting an opening reception with the artists on Sunday, April 26th, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Here is a small sampling of what you will find at the All Fired Up exhibit: a gathering of old friends sharing their latest inspirations for a unique visual snapshot in the lifetime of these clay artists.
Showing a range of work from sets of bowls that stack and nest, to platters intricately depicting winter scenes, to vases bearing crusted lichen-like glazes; ceramics artist Doris Fischer-Colbrie presents pieces that she wants to be used as well as visually enjoyed. Employing primarily white, brown, gray, and black tones, Fischer-Colbrie brings her designs to life. An interest in playing with form and function are clear in each of her pieces. The “serial bowls” are sets of four bowls with a lid that can hold food when stacked, set out as individual bowls, or can be stored inside one another when not in use or on display. Fischer-Colbrie vases take many forms beyond the classic cylinder while remaining easy to use. She practices wheel throwing and hand building to achieve the forms she seeks.
Reinterpreting two-dimensional art works into a three dimensional format is a particular interest and familiar challenge for ceramics artist Nina Koepcke. For the All Fired Up show, Koepcke found paintings of pets by famous artists such as Frieda Kahlo, Joan Brown, Keith Haring, and Roy de Forrest and uses interpretations of cats and dogs to make her own ceramic sculptures. For some, the original painting it was based on is clearly recognizable, in others the reference is less pronounced. However, all Koepcke’s works show the character and humor of the source paintings.
Corinna Mori is a ceramicist with a passionate focus on creating art for everyday use. Her handmade ceramics collection brings simplicity and elegance to everyday rituals. A recent trip to Africa inspired Mori’s pieces for All Fired Up. She applies grey stain to candle holders, bowls, and square boxes, creating an effect reminiscent of elephant hide. Similarly, her black and white striped vases hint of Zebra herds grazing on parched plains.
Figurative ceramic sculptor Karen Truesdell’s art evolves out of thrown parts and vessel shapes. Her pieces are fired at a stoneware temperature in oxidation and thus can be displayed outside in California weather without deteriorating. The idea of the vessel, a container, persists in all Truesdell’s figures. “Sculpture” she says “has a story to tell…describing that as the parts of my ceramic sculptures are assembled each figure gains an inner life.” She describes that the ceramic abstraction of her work is in order to illustrate each of the personalities “intent of making their inner lives more powerful.”
For All Fired Up ceramist Susan Wolf is reuniting to some of her favorite themes from the past fifteen years. She will show several of her tall hand built vases, done in different clays: porcelain, white stoneware, and sculpture clay, all of them colorful, if not completely wild. She is also revisiting her fish theme, using unglazed porcelain to make tea light covers and larger ‘lamps’. She will exhibit a set of glazed porcelain cups with inlays and fine line drawing. Lastly Wolf shows several new horses with detailed surfaces.
Susan Yamaguchi’s pieces for the All Fired Up show are wheel thrown, burnished and then alternatively fired, i.e., not fired in a gas or electric kiln. These pieces are fired either in a raku kiln or on the beach in a pit fire. Yamaguchi aims to capture the spontaneity and haphazard effects that emerge from pursuing these alternative formats. She embraces the effects of the wind, the temperature, and the organic materials that all come together in the firing on that particular day. The exact pots that emerge are always a surprise. Yamaguchi also displays a piece that is a clay monoprint, which is not fired at all.
All Fired Up presents a rare opportunity to see an exciting range of work by seven ceramic artists. Running the broad spectrum of ceramics for the table, to ceramics for the wall, to ceramic sculpture, this show displays a striking collection. The ceramic techniques employed vary accordingly. These seven local artists all have ties to The Main Gallery, but have never all exhibited together before. Don’t miss this inspirational show!
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.