Saturday, December 18, 2010

Art of Cup: Functional Comfort

Kathryn Gremley, Penland Gallery Director, and this year’s awards judge for the third annual invitational exhibitionArt of the Cup: Functional Comfort has selected First and Second prize winners as well as Honorable Mentions. 

Spiral Wave Cup
Vitreous translucent china
Wheel formed and assembled

Martin earned his M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art and B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute.  Martin is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee’s School of Art. He’s a recent recipient of an Individual artist Fellowship through a Tennessee Arts Commission Award. Martin's work has been exhibited in; The State of the Art 2008: National Biennial Ceramics Invitational at Parkland Art Gallery Champaign, IL, The Art of Tennessee at the  Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. His works are in the collections of the Charles A. Wusum Museum of Fine Arts in Racine Wisconsin and the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, New York. His work is in 500 Vases: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Form, 500 Platters & Chargers: Innovative Expressions of Function & Style, Lark Books, Electric Kiln Ceramics: A Guide to Clay and Glazes, The Ceramic Design Book, and Make it in Clay. 

Artist Statement:
“It is with respect to the decision-making and the learning process that my working methodology allows for the act of improvisation.  Intuition plays a central role and quickly guides me toward a visualized form.  I find that by using a responsive medium, such as clay, that the material replies willingly to the forming processes on and off the potter’s wheel.  I am able to rapidly document the activity that takes place between my hand and the material in bringing my visualization into reality.” 


Dotty Purple Cup (2010)
Earthenware, wheel-thrown with contour slip dip, 
Slip trailing, wax resist patterning over red terra sigalatta and alkaline and textured glazes 
Fired in oxidation to cone 03 in electric kiln

Peterson grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later completed the Core Student program at Penland School of Crafts.  In 2005, he was chosen as an Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly magazine, and his work has been included in shows at AKAR Gallery in Iowa City, IA, Penland Gallery in Penland, NC, Artisans Gallery in Northampton, MA, The Kiln Gallery in Fairhope, AL, among others.  He has also been invited to the 4th, 5th, and 6th Annual Potters’ Market Invitational at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, and his work is included in the permanent collection of the NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC.  Peterson's ceramic vessels are made from a red earthenware clay, fired in an electric kiln, and are drawn from his observations of agents of growth and decay in the natural world.


Blue and White Cup (2010)
Stoneware, hand-built, with multiple slips and glaze

Barringer received a BA in Art from Bennington College in 1972, with a concentration in ceramics and drawing. She has been a studio artist since 1973. During that time she has made both functional pottery and sculpture, and has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. Barringer has taught widely at universities, art schools, and craft centers, including Ohio State University, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont, and many others. In addition to her studio work she has lectured and written on the history of ceramics at Ohio University, the Harvard Ceramics Studio, and Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. In 2004 she was named editor of The Studio Potter, an independent journal of ceramics. Barringer lives in western Massachusetts. All her work is handbuilt and finished with multiple layers of slip and glaze, then fired in an electric kiln.

White Dog Rhyton (2010)
Hand-built and modeled from slabs, fired to c/6 oxidation

Bova lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Educated at the University of Houston (BFA) and the University of New Mexico (MA), his work in ceramics using animal imagery was first inspired by the realities of hunting and fishing, and later by their power as symbols, surrogates and totems.

Bova first taught at Nichols State University, Thibodaux, LA. He taught at and contributed significantly to the programs of Louisiana State University 1971-1990, and Ohio University beginning in 1990. His later work continues an underlying eroticism inspired by Moche pottery in addition to an increased sense of socio-political content.

Bova's work is in the collections of the Arizona State University Art Museum; Greenville Museum of Art, SC; International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary; Los Angeles County Museum, CA; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; and the San Angelo Museum of Art, TX.

Awards include the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Fellowship, SAF/NEA Fellowship, and a fellowship to the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary.  The International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, elected him a member in 2005. Bova is a Fulbright Scholar for 2011 at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. He is represented by Taylor Bercier Gallery in New Orleans.

Untitled #1 (2010)
Clay with slips and glazes

“My goal in making this work has been to create quiet, simple pots, which like a good meal, leave a healthy, full feeling.  Pots like these have been my constant companions for over forty years.  They are forms and surfaces which I never grow tired of.  They are rooted in ceramic history; yet, I hope they reflect a personal and individual quality of feeling.  Above all, these pots are intended to be good to live with and interact with on a daily basis.  They are made with others in mind.
This work has been fired in a catenary arch wood-fired kiln at my studio.  It is a relatively short firing, so, I can fire it solo. Much of my work is wheel-thrown and then altered from stoneware or porcelain clay.  Slips and glazes have been applied and then altered through the action of the wood-firing.

For me, good pots spring from compassion.  My working method amounts to simply wishing the work well at each stage of creation.  Like raising my son; I just put my hands on the work silently encouraging it to "be good, be good."  Always, I return to the clay trying to bring as much sincerity as I can muster to bear on the work.”

Cup 2 (2010)
Wheel-thrown and altered porcelain
Soda vapor fired, semi-matte copper glaze, flashing slip and underglaze brushwork

Brown is currently Associate Professor of Art at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. He has been part of the Nicholls family since 2003. He teaches all levels of Ceramics, Beginning Design, and Art Appreciation. Brown received his M.F.A. from Ohio University and his B.F.A. from University of Florida. Prior to graduate school Brown was an ArtistInResidence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN.

Brown works primarily with clay exploring both functional pottery and sculptural forms. Jeff also builds contemporary furniture and sculpture. His work has been exhibited in regional, national, and international exhibitions.

The exhibition will continue until January 2, 2011. The show includes functional cups from over 50 artists. Each invited artist has a Southern connection, based on where they choose to live, work or teach. The work in this exhibition is offered for sale. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Art of Giving

    Creative holiday shopping made easy at “The Art of Giving”
An Ogden Museum members-only shopping event, Friday Dec. 3rd
Open to the general public Weds. Dec. 4th  – Mon. Dec. 6th

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Center for Southern Craft and Design will expand its boundaries for “The Art of Giving”: a museum members-only deluxe shopping evening event on Fri. Dec. 3. This special holiday art and craft showcase will be open to the general public Weds. Dec. 4 – Mon. Dec. 6. In addition to the museum’s first-floor retail space, the atrium and third floor will be filled with one-of-a kind pieces by more than 80 Southern artists.

Gifts! Give a present with a sense of Southern style and place! Original art (photographs, prints), art glass, jewelry, ceramics, wood, metal, textiles, as well as books (fiction, nonfiction—even cookbooks) and CDs by Southern musicians will be available. Special items from Scriptura and Nadine Blake.

Booksignings: Bryan Batt, She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother; Scott Barretta, Mississippi – State of Blues; Debra Shriver, Stealing Magnolias: Tales from a New Orleans Courtyard.

Special Appearances! Rachel Therese DePauw (ceramic), Mark Derby (ceramic), Niki Fisk (jewelry), John Humphries (jewelry), and Tina Stanley (jewelry).  

• Additional Savings! Because the Ogden is in a special cultural district, there is no sales tax on purchases of original art.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Ogden Museum Furniture Collection

Greg Arceneaux: Louisiana Colonial, Acadian and Creole Collection

The Center for Southern Craft & Design opened Arceneaux's exhibition last night during  Ogden After Hours. The exhibition is located on the 5th floor of the museum. Visit the Museum and see Arceneaux's show for FREE until November 19th (limited to 25). Just say the secret password, Dumesnil.  Period pieces from Dumesnil House, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana served as bases for the designs of both the Ursuline Table with Drawer and Rolling Pin Bed.


Dining Table
Design based on a period table from Smithville Plantation, near Palmetto, Louisiana
60” x 36” x 30” (3’x5’)
3’ x 5’         $3300.00
3’ x 6’         $3500.00
42” x 7’       $3800.00
42” x 8’       $4300.00 

Cane River Bench 
Ash, (from the Natchitoches region)
48” x 11 ½” x 18”
Ursuline Table
Design based on a period table from Dumesnil House, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana
30” x 26” x 30”

Bautac Chair
Mahogany and leather
Design based on a period chair from Patout Cottage, New Orleans, Louisiana
21 ½” x 30” x 40”

Creole Arm Chair
Walnut and rush
Design based on a period chair from Chene Vert Plantation, Washington, Louisiana
22” x 18” x 40”
$1450.00, $1300.00 (side chair)
Single Door Armoire
Design based on a Creole style cupboard used in Louisiana Colonial homes in the early 19th
25” x 13” x 69”

Goldleaf Cocktail Table
Design based on Creole style with hand carved bead on apron and legs, thirteen step finish process including hand-applied gold leaf
34” x 34” x 18”

La Louisiane Child’s Chair
Pecan and rush
Design based on traditional Canadian and Louisiana examples
24” x 42”

Rolling Pin Bed
Design based on High Post early 19th century piece from Dumesnil House, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana
82” x 62” x 84”
King            $7200.00
Queen        $6900.00
Double        $6600.00
Twin            $6200.00

 For more about Arceneaux, go to

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Greg Arceneaux: Louisiana Colonial, Acadian and Creole Collection

Arceneaux ChairThe Ogden Museum Furniture Collection-  Premiere Launch Tonight!
Greg Arceneaux: Louisiana Colonial, Acadian and Creole Collection
Thursday, November 11
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (During Ogden After Hours)
The launch of the Ogden Museum Furniture Collection, created by Louisiana furniture maker Greg Arceneaux.

For more about Arceneaux, go to

Meet Arceneaux in the video Jan filmed at his studio in Covington, LA.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Rob Pulleyn: Sacred Spaces

Center for Southern Craft and Design 
"Spotlight" Exhibitions

Rob Pulleyn: Sacred Spaces opened last night as a part of the Center for Southern Craft & Design's "Spotlight" Exhibitions. These exhibitions focus on one artist and their craft.

Rob Pulleyn: Sacred Spaces 

                       Meet Rob Pulleyn in the video Jan filmed at his studio in Marshall, NC.

9 x 13 x 7

6x 13 x 4

8 x 15.5 x 4
All Pieces: Stoneware with oxides, underglazes and stains

Artist Statement:
"Although involved in the arts my entire life, I've only been involved in clay for the last 12 years. My education in clay has been through many intense workshops with recognized and established artists rather than an academic training. 

I have been fortunate to have been asked by many galleries and museums in the southeast to  exhibit and/or to be represented by them. These have included Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville (4 exhibitions), The Asheville Art Museum, Green Hill Center for NC Art, The Penland Gallery, Penland, NC,  Crimson Laurel Gallery in Burnsville, NC,  and The Mint Museum Ceramic Invitational. I am in the collection of Gregg Museum of Art and Design in Raleigh, NC and the Horn Collection in Little Rock. I am chair of the board of the Asheville Art Museum and on the board of the North Carolina Arts Council, Penland School of Crafts and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. I live within half an hour of Asheville in the small town of Marshall. My studio is one of 26 in a renovated high school building.

The surfaces of my work are manipulated both before and after I fire them. I do a lot of "marking" in the wet clay, and apply multiple layers of underglazes, stains and oxides. There are usually multiple firings to build up the surface. Every  pieces is an experiment of sorts, which means I destroy a lot of evidence, but it keeps the anxiety level sufficiently high and the joy of success addictively sweet."

Justin Rothshank: The Big Spill (ceramics) through Dec. 5.

COMING UP December 3: 
Ben Caldwell III: Master Coppersmith 
Andrea Freel Christie: Coming Home (ceramics)
Marlowe Gates: The Art of The Broom.
Through January 2, 2011

Friday, October 29, 2010

Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort


Bradley Sumrall taking a quick break from installing over 100 cups!

Many thanks to Bradley Sumrall, Richard McCabe and Michael Barr for all their hard work installing Art of the Cup! The exhibition is located on the 3rd floor of the Ogden Museum and opened last night during Ogden After Hours at 6 p.m. It is a favorite with visitors! 


Vist the Museum and see Art of the Cup for FREE until November 7th (limited to 25). Just say the secret password  "tasse", which is cup in French!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Art of the Cup in Gambit's "Blog of New Orleans"

Many thanks to Missy Wilkinson for her write up on the Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort.
To check out her post,  click here

Micah Sherrill

We will be be posting installation shots next week!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort

 October 28 - January 2
Andrea Freel Chrisite, Porcelain Birds


The third annual invitational exhibition, Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort  will be opening very soon at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Center for Southern Craft and Design.   
The exhibition will be on display until January 2, 2011. 

The show will include two functional cups from over 50 artists. Each invited artist has a Southern connection, based on where they choose to live, work or teach.
The work in this exhibition will also be offered for sale. 
Kathryn Gremley, Penland Gallery Director, will serve as this year’s awards judge. 

(Click on the artist's name to learn more about them)

Kent Harris, Tenmoku Yunomi


Friday, October 8, 2010

Justin Rothshank The Big Spill: Flora & Fauna / American Craft Week

Justin Rothshank The Big Spill: Flora & Fauna 
The Center for Southern Craft & Design opened Rothshank's exhibition during Art for Art's Sake this past Saturday. The exhibition will be up until December 5th so be sure to come by and see the installation. 
Fish Plate  
Justin Rothshank received his B.A. in ceramics and sculpture from Goshen College in Indiana. Rothshank decorates his ceramic pieces using a laser decal technique. He creates the decals using his own free-hand drawings and Photoshop-generated images.

His ceramic work has been published in Clay Times Magazine, Pottery Making Illustrated, Ceramics Monthly Magazine,, 500 Pitchers, and 500 Tiles. He has been a presenter, panelist, and visiting artist at numerous universities, schools, conferences, and art centers throughout the United States. Justin was presented with and Award of Excellence by the American Craft Council in February 2009. In 2007, he was recognized by Ceramics Monthly as an Emerging Artist. He has also been awarded an Alcoa Foundation Leadership Grant for Arts Managers, a 2007 Work of Art Award from Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, the 2005 Decade of Servant Leadership Award from Goshen College, and was named to Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2005.
Fish Pitcher

American Craft Week

In honor of American Craft Week the Center for Southern Craft & Design has presented Spotlight on Tennessee

Anderson Bailey Jars

Craft from Tennessee is on display at this exhibition featuring the work of: 
Anderson Bailey (Chattanooga - potter)
Ben Caldwell III (Nashville - metalsmith)
Bill Griffith (Gatlinburg - potter) 
Tim Hintz (Smithville - chair maker) 
Tommie Rush (Knoxville - glass artist)