Expatriate Ceramics

Mar 9 to Apr 22

Curated by Ursula Hargens, this exhibition will explore how place informs an artist’s body of work and highlight five artists—four Americans and one Canadian—who spent time in residence at influential ceramic centers around the world, or lived abroad for a significant time. Some of these artists launched their careers with this singular experience; others helped to build an institution’s notoriety and create opportunities for the next generation of makers; still others were part of a long lineage of experiential creating in places steeped with history and making.  The exhibition will showcase work created before, during, and after their experiences, demonstrating the impact of location on materials, process, culture, and concepts.

Each location provides unique opportunities for innovation and reflection. They include: Jingdezhen, China, a city that has been the epicenter of porcelain production for the past 1000 years; c.r.e.t.a. Rome, a residency program with a backdrop of Anguillara Sabazia, a Medieval town on the Lake Bracciano, Italy; The Leach Pottery in St. Ives, England, founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada and hailed as the birthplace of British studio pottery; Kohler Factory, a unique American residency program in the midwest that draws artists from across the globe and affords them access to industrial processes—work is loaded into huge kilns alongside commodes and bathtubs; and the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary, a country with a history of exquisite porcelain manufacturing.

Guest artists include Derek Au, Rebecca Harvey, Jeff Oestreich, Amelié Proulx, and George Timock, with select works by two of Timock’s former students, Emily Connell and Maura Wright.

Related Activities

These events are free and open to the public. Registration is much appreciated, as seating is limited.

X19: Guest Artist Panel Discussion with Derek Au, Jeff Oestreich, and George Timock
Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 6 pm in NCC’s library.

X20: Guest Artist Conversation and Demonstration with Derek Au and George Timock
Saturday, March 10 from 10 am - 2:30 pm

Join Au and Timock for an inside look at their making practices—from studio inspiration to technologies employed—this half-day intensive will include conversation, images, and demonstrations. We’ll take a short break for lunch (participants may bring their own or eat at a variety of restaurants in the Seward neighborhood).

Derek Au will also deliver an overview of his career as part of his McKnight Artist Residency on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 6 pm in NCC’s library.