Cat and Rabbit Bones-terra cotta, July 2020
I was delighted when I learned earlier this year that I had been accepted to Pottery Northwest's Unwedged exhibition for the second year in a row. Being so new to ceramics, I am always surprised by the positive reception that my work has garnered and people's continued interest in my very unusual perspective. Liz Quackenbush was the juror for this year's exhibition, and I felt it was a very good showcase of ceramics. My partner, Shelly Fredenberg, was also accepted into the show, and it was a real honor to be exhibiting with the woman who has taught me so much about clay. She has been a mentor and a good teacher, and I have worked to hold my light in that positive space.
The online reception and awards presentation was absolutely terrific, and I feel it was a model for how arts organizations need to approach organizing the exhibition and reception and sale of works of art and supporting the artists who contribute so much to make that happen. Many thanks to Liz and the executive director of Pottery Northwest and all of the staff their hard work.
You can see the rest of the exhibition at the link at the bottom. I am also delighted to say that this work sold, but of course, I am always open to your enquiries and responses. (Yes, I would love an opportunity to make this form again!!)
The Lakewood Center for the Arts "Disruption" exhibition is also online, and I would invite all of you to see the work in that show as well.
These are difficult times. I hope everyone is finding ways of keeping their faith in the integrity of their bonds and connections. Values are important, and art continues to be one of my anchors for my faith in those bonds and connections.
October 10, 2020
Christopher St. John