Coming up in October, opening September 30, 2013 is “Black & White: Dark & Light” at the Kiln Club juried show.
Black and white is customarily associated with classic style photography, the first television programming, and printmaking. Applied to clay as pottery and ceramics, well that is a different take.
It makes sense because just the difference between the surface and an indentation creates contrast, light to dark. Of course with clay and various firing techniques and glazes, potters can create all sorts of creative contrasts. Using that as a focus is exciting and draws patrons to closer examination of pottery art.
Take a look at what the Kiln Club has served up for us to consider.
“Opposites attract as contrast of Black & White creates compelling clay
Contrasts are the order of the day, as singed lines of horsehair float on a surface smooth and snowy and and black crackle webs raku exteriors of glossy white. Fingers of milky glaze embrace stark black stoneware vases in circles, ovals and artful ikebana arches.
White flowers bloom on dark backgrounds, dark patterns dance across graceful forms of cool, bleached stoneware and porcelain. White crystalline glazed silhouettes are icy and pure while shadowy bowls are cut with windows that ignite, showing glowing, gilded interiors.
Presentations range from decorative ware of pit-fired forms patterned with stormy thunderclouds to functional plates and bowls brush=painted with black and white pandas and cranes — a balance of yin and yang. Sculptures of dazzling doves and glowing polar bears show the lighter side. Ducks with a dusky patina and chocolate brown stoneware dishes are somber and scary good.
Whether in the mood for midnight or sunlight, the neutrals of black and white can accommodate the backdrop of a rainbow accent colors -- crimson, camel, cobalt or kelly. It is here in black and white, no ifs, ands or buts about it, come and look at compelling contrasts of clay.”
Tracie Griffith provided that excellent description.
The show is juried by Laurel Lukaszewski, a Washington, D.C.-area artist who creates installations and sculptures primarily from extruded clay designed to resemble three-dimensional linework or calligraphic brushstrokes. Lukaszewski is a founding member of Flux Studios in Mt. Rainier, Md.
The Kiln Club show runs from September 30 to October 27. Scope Gallery hours are Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursdays open until 9 p.m. The gallery is located at 105 North Union Street, ground floor Studio 19, Alexandria, VA. 22314. For further information call Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 , visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/scope.htm and www.kilnclubwdc.com