From the top, with feeling: Board of Clay Center displaying works |

From the top, with feeling: Board of Clay Center displaying works

Stina Sieg
Glenwood Springs CO Colorado

CARBONDALE ” When asked what people could expect at the Carbondale Clay Center’s newest show, director Lauren Kearns was honest.

She hadn’t a clue ” but she knew it would be good.

It was Wednesday afternoon, and she was still waiting on most of the work from the five participating artists. A day after the New Year, things were hectic, but she had a few minutes to sit down and talk about the Board of Directors Show, a first for the center.

She sees the event as a way for board members to get together, to show off what they enjoy doing so much. They’re in charge of establishing the center’s mission and vision, she said, of “bringing passion to life through the ceramic arts.”

While not a board member herself, Kearns seemed to “get it” completely. A ceramist for decades, she hailed the art as an “accessible media,” something everyone can enjoy looking at and working with, regardless of skill.

That’s the heart of her work, she said. With each new clay center show, it’s also what she hopes to convey to the public.

“Boy, a handmade bowl can speak to just about anybody,” she explained. “Everybody’s got a desire to make or do something. And everybody’s got talent.”

Participating artist/board member Kay Cesark seemed to feel the same way. One of her favorite things about the center, she said, is teaching children, and helping them open up creatively.

As for the show, she is excited about sharing her work ” and perhaps even more so about seeing everyone else’s. A mother of two young boys, she just recently delved back into art after a six-year hiatus.

Now an artist-in-residence at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, she crafts ceramic books, each decorated with clues to its meaning. Some of the political, social and environmental issues are vague, and others, more literal. But all address “issues concerning the balance and off-balance that exists between humans and nature,” she said.

“Ceramics has always been the best vehicle to tell my story,” Cesark said. “It can become whatever you have the time to make it become.”

Though unintentional, her words sounded as if they were a metaphor for the clay center itself. Like the other board members, Cesark puts in the effort to keep it going, to make it what it is. This next show, she said, will present all kinds of art from all kinds of people in the valley. To her, that’s the beauty of the center.

“It’s a special little gem in Carbondale,” she said. “It’s a real special place.”

Contact Stina Sieg: 384-9111

Post Independent Glenwood Springs CO Colorado

WHAT: Reception for the Carbondale Clay Center’s Board of Directors Show

WHEN: 6-8 tonight. Work will be on display until the end of January, with gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

WHERE: CCC, 134 Main St. in Carbondale

WHY? See work from those who make CCC work.

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