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

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