Mudfire and Philly

I’m very pleased to announce two shows that are now up online for your viewing pleasure.

First off, a solo show at MudFire Gallery in Decatur GA, called Pursuing Perfection. I couldn’t be happier with all the effort that Mudfire (thank you Erik and Luba!) has put in to this show for me. They have dome some really fantastic writing as well, and that seems to be a rarity these days. I put in 28 pieces total, that includes 2 sets. Prices span the range from the high end at $720 for Toasting Cups (8), to the low end of $38 for a Liquor Cup. Please follow the links above to see the show.

Secondly, I am part of Cups and Coffee at the The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. I generally don’t release too many of these types of cups because they are such a main component to the sets I make and I don’t want to become a cup making machine, but this show was just too perfect of a fit not too. I also included a new piece, called “Brew”, which is a pour over filter, cup, and saucer set. Here is the announcement to the show…

Finally, to close out this post, on the show horizon are the Strictly Functional Pottery National, and the New Sales Gallery Artists Preview at Northern Clay Center. Stay tuned.

Fellowship Show

This past year has been a fantastic whirlwind of an experience as an artist-in-residence at the Bray. I have been extremely fortunate to have received the Matsutani Fellowship, which culminates with the Fellowship Show that opened last Thursday. Here is the link to the show on the Bray webpage. There are a few pieces available for purchase.

Some images of the layout, and a few of the finished pieces…





In receiving the Fellowship, I felt I had a responsibility to honor the opportunity I was being provided. I was given the time, facility, community, and funds to further develop my work. So I really tried to run with it, and push as hard as possible. This push is what lead me to start working with the CNC-Router, Automotive Paint, and now Rubber. Its my hope that all of this effort is visible in the work on display.

I’ve discussed the CNC/Auto Paint process in prior posts, so I won’t go in to that now. The use of Rubber is the latest development, and all of the pieces in the show have it. Here are a few birds-eye view shots…



Casting Silicone Rubber into the recesses where the pots fit is my effort towards taking the function of the trays as far as possible. The rubber isn’t visible when all the pots are in place, but once a piece is removed, the colored rubber is revealed. When the pot is returned to its home, the feeling on how the pot meets the tray is very smooth and cushioned.

I’ve expanded upon the observation of what it feels like to return a pot to its place in the tray, with how the entire tray meets the pedestal/table it is set upon. I’m doing this by casting the feet on the underside of the tray out of a Urethane Rubber. I switched to using Urethane Rubber because my supplier, Smooth-On, recommended it for durability. The Urethane Rubber is a Shore Harness of 30, which means very soft. Its a little hard to see, but in the detail photo below you can see how the foot compresses just a little bit under the weight of the tray.


The end result is that the trays become self-leveling, with never rock, and will not slide. Its also a very similar feeling to how the entire tray lands on a surface as compared to how it feels to replace a pot in its recess.

And finally, as part of the show the Bray published a full-color catalog. Susannah Israel was brought in to serve as the Jental Critic. She interviewed all five of the Fellowship artists, and then responded with this splendid essay.

Bivins Fellowship Essay by S Isreal.

So that’s the Fellowship Show. The show will be up at the Bray until September 10th, hope you can stop by to see it.