From ancient Babylon to the modern day, Ceramic/Clay artworks have been with us from the earliest days of recorded history.
The forms, substance, and designs of Ceramic/Clay Art has changed, but in many fundamental ways this art form has remained the same, providing a crucial link to our cultural and historic pasts.
Ceramic artists continue to wow us with their use of earthen materials and hands-on approach reminiscent of our creative past. From ancient Mesopotamian potters to Pablo Picasso this transcendent art form has proved its longevity through its amazing forms and functions.
The explosion of Ceramic/Clay Art to include both decorative and functional works has greatly solidified this artisan craft as a fine art. The dual use of this form has increased its popularity as well with artisan fairs and galleries carrying Ceramic/Clay work.
Ceramic/Clay Art has a strong hold in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic states. With kilns spread throughout the region Ceramic/Clay Art is a genre that we can readily enjoy. Regional Ceramic/Clay artists hail from all parts of the nation as well as from other countries, blending their unique stories and designs into a stylistic melting pot (no pun intended) with shapes, forms, and styles to suite all aficionados.
In the following pages we introduce galleries that carry some of our favorite selections of Ceramic/Clay Art from across the Southeast and mid-Atlantic. We also invite you to read about several amazing Ceramic/Clay events that are taking place throughout the month of November.
Lark & Key Gallery
128B East Park Ave, Charlotte, NC
Lark & Key Gallery is celebrated for a diverse selection of contemporary paintings and functional craft from 30+ artists. Owners Sandy Snead and Duy Huynh interweave a calming and rustic sensibility with an eye toward the slightly whimsical, the subtly surreal, and nature inspired. Gallery walls are filled with paintings that are complemented by an assortment of ceramics, hand-blown glass, jewelry, and paper goods.
North Carolina has a rich tradition of pottery and Lark & Key is proud to represent several local and regional artisans. With a variety of styles showcased in the gallery – functional and decorative, traditional and contemporary, production pots and one-of-a-kind items - you are sure to find unique pieces for everyday use or for gift giving.
From the graphic, wood-fired pots of Courtney Martin to the colorful, detailed forms of Jennifer Mecca, our utilitarian pottery is crafted, not only to look beautiful, but with form and function in mind. Decorative pieces, such as small, porcelain house forms by Barbara Chadwick and large carved, sandblasted pots by Jim Connell add warmth and character to your living space. Other core gallery ceramic artists include Julie Covington, Elise Delfield, Amy Sanders, Paula Smith, Andrew Stephenson, Joy Tanner, and Julie Wiggins.
Muse & Co. Fine Art
31B Oak Street, Roswell, GA
Muse & Co Fine Art is a beautifully quaint art gallery situated in a very industrious urban space, showcasing works by national and international artists. For this special Ceramic/Clay Art Feature Muse & Co Fine Art is pleased to present three of their Ceramic/Clay Artists in their own words.
Nicole Merkens: “My work comes from a place of fairytale and magic. I often sculpt beings that have a certain “alchemy” to them. I am fascinated with the exploration of extra-sensory gifts. My latest pieces exemplify figures who turn to their differences for personal empowerment. Whether it’s a girl who hears spirits, a wood elf, or a woman who wears crystals to keep her from harm, my sculpture asks questions of the unknown.”
David Robinson: “The figurative ceramic sculpture that I create explores our shared human experience, especially the quiet struggles and obstacles we all face. In my latest body of work, I have begun to incorporate and explore the imagery, symbols, and rituals that speak to growing up in the Mississippi Delta in the 1960’s with all of the richness and complexity of the Bible Belt, including religion, race relations, and social mores.”
Heida Halldorsdottir: “My roots are in Iceland, the land of ice and fire. That is where my color palette comes from. My small island has rich history and tradition for story telling. I heard endless stories about the Vikings, the trolls that live in our mountains that turn into rock if the sun shines on them, and about the elves and fairies that live in the flowers and trees. A world where we have creatures that we normally can not see or touch but we choose to believe in or we at least have heard stories about them, such as spirits, angels, guardians, goddesses, hidden people, elves, trolls, and animals.”