National clay exhibit featured at Carbondale Clay Center for First Friday

Clay National XVII: The Autobiography of the Object. Juried by Sam Harvey.
Courtesy/ Carbondale Clay Center

Carbondale Clay Center is having their national exhibit of ceramic art, Clay National XVII: The Autobiography of the Object. 

“It has always been my conceit that ceramics is a perfect medium for recording thoughts, feelings and emotions,” said juror Sam Harvey. “The scope of this juried exhibition will be to gather the diversity of voices found in the ceramic field with artwork ranging from an intimately small, beautiful cup, to wall tiles, to sculptural objects, etc.”

The CCC Gallery is hosting their annual event starting Sept. 1, during First Friday, according to a news release.

Each year, CCC’s selected jurors develop a theme for the exhibition, invite a handful of contemporary ceramic artists who emulate the theme and choose about 25-30 works (scale dependent) from the jury pool, the release states. 

“Through the physical act of making and delineating comes a record of an artist’s voice, as well as their viewpoint,” Harvey said. “I have always been curious about the process in which idea becomes a reflective object.”

Awards will be given for Best in Show, Staff Selection and People’s Choice. 

“The consideration for this jurying process will focus on work that is conscious and cognizant of current and historical cultural landscapes,” Harvey said.  

Clay National XVII will be available for in-person viewing at the CCC Gallery and online until Sept. 29. The First Friday opening reception is from 6-8 p.m. 

CCC Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

“Knowledge of ceramic processes is shared through class and workshop offerings, residencies, lectures, gallery exhibits and programs that reach out to schools and special groups,” the release states.  

If you go…

What: Clay National XVII: The Autobiography of the Object

When: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 1Where: Carbondale Clay Center Gallery, 135 Main St. in Carbondale

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