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.
University of Washington Professors
- Best in Show Award: Stephanie Lanter, Why Won’t You
- 2nd Place Judges’ Award: Amy Simons, Traverse
- People’s Choice Award: Lisa Soranaka, Pleurotus Suppellex: Sella
Summer of Clay Events
- 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
- All Levels
- Clay for a Day with Aaron Murray, Saturday, August 20
- Previous Ceramics Experience Required
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!