Clay? VI

Jacob Foran, The Death by Drowning of a Once Laughing Boy, Stoneware, Glaze
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  • Venue: KAC Gallery, 620 Market Street, Kirkland, WA 98033
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Kirkland Arts Center is proud to present the sixth installment of its biennial juried contemporary ceramics exhibition, Clay? VI. This exhibition explores the versatility of clay as a medium of artistic expression. Showcasing a range of sizes, scales, subject matter, and techniques, the artwork of this exhibition is both a testament to the enduring legacy of clay and future of the field. View gallery open hours.

Jurors

University of Washington Professors

Award Winners

Selected Artists

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Summer of Clay Events

  • Community Bead Project, a Kirkland Arts Center Summer of Clay event
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    Community Bead Project
    From the opening of Clay? VI on June 17 to Kirkland Summerfest on August 12-13, visitors and students of KAC are invited to create...
  • Wheel thrown student ceramic piece, photo courtesy Mary Dee Mateo
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    Clay: From Ground to Gallery Lecture
    What is the history of clay? What are the different firing methods? How can pieces made with the same material look so different? Clay: From Ground...
  • Claygraphy, a Kirkland Arts Center Summer of Clay Event in partnership with Hugo House
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    Claygraphy I & II
    Claygraphy I Date: August 4, 6:00-8:00 pm Created by: UW Museology Student Rebecca Janssen Facilitated by: Dianne Aprile Presented in partnership with: Hugo House Claygraphy I is...

Opening Reception

  • Date: Friday, June 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Free to the public. Meet some of the selected artists and enjoy complimentary appetizers. $3 wine and beer. Free parking is available.

The jury’s awards for Best in Show and Second Place will be revealed and you will be invited to cast your vote for your favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award.

Featured Ceramics Workshops

Artwork

  • Stephanie Lanter, why won't you, Slip trailed C5 porcelain, glaze, enamel, thread, wire
    Stephanie Lanter, why won't you, Slip trailed C5 porcelain, glaze, enamel, thread, wire
  • Amy Simons, Traverse, porcelain, manganese clay, glaze, gold luster
    Amy Simons, Traverse, porcelain, manganese clay, glaze, gold luster
  • Lisa Soranaka, Pleurotus Suppellex: Sella, Ceramic and Mixed Media
    Lisa Soranaka, Pleurotus Suppellex: Sella, Ceramic and Mixed Media
  • The Basics of Throwing a Pot, featuring artist Chris Franz
  • Crista Ames, Blind Strife of the Entwined, stoneware, graphite, and felted wool
    Crista Ames, Blind Strife of the Entwined, stoneware, graphite, and felted wool
  • Brady McLearen, Resisting Force, stoneware, porcelain, earthenware
    Brady McLearen, Resisting Force, stoneware, porcelain, earthenware
  • Nicole Gugliotti, the life and genome of henrietta lacks, porcelain, glaze, underglaze, wire, washers
    Nicole Gugliotti, the life and genome of henrietta lacks, porcelain, glaze, underglaze, wire, washers
  • Nicolas Darcourt, Artifact Artifice I, Stoneware, Nylon Rope, Brazilian Crate Wood
    Nicolas Darcourt, Artifact Artifice I, Stoneware, Nylon Rope, Brazilian Crate Wood
  • Scott Rosenberg, Untitled, ceramic, glaze, marker, glue
    Scott Rosenberg, Untitled, ceramic, glaze, marker, glue
  • Zak Helenske, Pattern (Set of Five), Terracotta
    Zak Helenske, Pattern (Set of Five), Terracotta
  • Victoria Jang, Empress, porcelain and gold luster
    Victoria Jang, Empress, porcelain and gold luster
  • Brian Harper, Scaffolding Series JCPenny Home Collection 10″ Standing Dinner Plate, Earthenware, imported chip resistant and microwave safe porcelain
    Brian Harper, Scaffolding Series JCPenny Home Collection 10″ Standing Dinner Plate, Earthenware, imported chip resistant and microwave safe porcelain
  • Lucien Koonce, Bud Vase, Wood fired Stoneware
    Lucien Koonce, Bud Vase, Wood fired Stoneware
  • Nicolas Darcourt, Artifact Artifice III, Stoneware, Nylon Twine, Brazilian Crate Wood
    Nicolas Darcourt, Artifact Artifice III, Stoneware, Nylon Twine, Brazilian Crate Wood
  • Artist Profile: Donna Porter
  • Donna Lindeman Porter, Tribal, Clay, high and low fire, multiple firings
    Donna Lindeman Porter, Tribal, Clay, high and low fire, multiple firings
  • Gustavo Martinez, Tláloc, Ceramic, steel, macaw feathers, metal leaf, epoxy resin, aerosol paint
    Gustavo Martinez, Tláloc, Ceramic, steel, macaw feathers, metal leaf, epoxy resin, aerosol paint
  • Scott Rosenberg, Untitled, ceramic, glaze, paper, paint, marker, glue, epoxy clay
    Scott Rosenberg, Untitled, ceramic, glaze, paper, paint, marker, glue, epoxy clay
  • Brady McLearen, Loop Number One, porcelain, glaze, plexi-glass
    Brady McLearen, Loop Number One, porcelain, glaze, plexi-glass
  • Kit Davenport, Bent and Broken Flags, ceramic, wood, paint
    Kit Davenport, Bent and Broken Flags, ceramic, wood, paint
  • Jacob Foran, The Death by Drowning of a Once Laughing Boy, Stoneware, Glaze
    Jacob Foran, The Death by Drowning of a Once Laughing Boy, Stoneware, Glaze
  • Scott Rosenberg, Untitled, clay, glaze, marker, paint, foam board
    Scott Rosenberg, Untitled, clay, glaze, marker, paint, foam board
  • Lauren Sandler, Sill Lives: Cactus Tea, Hand-built earthenware with terra sigillata and glaze
    Lauren Sandler, Sill Lives: Cactus Tea, Hand-built earthenware with terra sigillata and glaze
  • RJ Sturgess, Ginger, Porcelain & human hair
    RJ Sturgess, Ginger, Porcelain & human hair
  • Nicolas Darcourt, Artifact Artifice II, Stoneware, Nylon Twine, Brazilian Crate Wood
    Nicolas Darcourt, Artifact Artifice II, Stoneware, Nylon Twine, Brazilian Crate Wood
  • The International Cup Makers Union, KILN BOMB (Kirkland Edition), Solid Ceramic Ball fired to Cone 10 with Shino glaze, 4 self-published books containing an unauthorized transcription of a Barry McGee lecture on graffiti
    The International Cup Makers Union, KILN BOMB (Kirkland Edition), Solid Ceramic Ball fired to Cone 10 with Shino glaze, 4 self-published books containing an unauthorized transcription of a Barry McGee lecture on graffiti
All artwork displayed is for sale as marked by the Kirkland Arts Center.

More Information About the Clay? VI

Clay? VI is the sixth installment of Kirkland Arts Center’s biennial exhibition that features mind-bending ceramic art from 19 artists across 9 states. This exhibit series showcases the versatility and unpredictability of clay, a medium that humans have been manipulating for over 16,000 years. This year’s installment drew submissions from 17 states in the US and 2 foreign countries in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.

The jury for Clay? VI is comprised of three University of Washington Professors: Jamie Walker, Doug Jeck, and Michael Swaine. Walker and Jeck have been on the jury for Clay? since its beginnings in 2006. Swaine joins this year to replace Akio Takamori, who recently retired from UW. Walker is the Director of the School of Art + Art History + Design at UW and Jeck is the Chair of the 3D4M (shorthand for “3-dimensional forum”) program, for which all three professors teach.

In honor of ten years of Clay?, KAC will be celebrating with Summer of Clay, a three-month extravaganza of special workshops, programs, and events dedicated to the beauty and enduring power of ceramics. Come learn everything you ever wanted to know about ceramics at Clay: From Ground to Gallery and visit the Gallery to participate in our Community Bead Project through Kirkland Summerfest on August 12th and 13th. In August, we will be combining 3D art with the written word for Claygraphy, a creative writing workshop and showcase that explores drawing creative inspiration from sculpture. Full details about these and other Summer of Clay offerings coming soon!