This summer Pewabic Pottery (Pewabic) will feature “Simply by Hand: Architectural Ceramics From Mary Stratton To Now” showcasing the work of contemporary ceramic artists from the United States and Europe along with a new work by staff designers. The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception Friday, July 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and runs through Oct. 14.

The show will feature drawings, sample boards, models and photographs for tile murals, and may also include small tile compositions, tiles produced for singular commissions or speculatively and vessel work. Visitors will also learn a little about the long history of architectural ceramics.

“We are pleased to showcase such a diverse group of ceramic artists and their work at Pewabic,” said Barbara Sido, executive director of Pewabic Pottery. “The Simply by Hand exhibition will display the contemporary aspect of Pewabic’s ongoing architectural tile work.”

Simply by Hand showcases the work of Christine Jetten, from the Netherlands, who developed the glaze used on the architectural tiles of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The ceramic expertise of Royal Oak native Laurie Eisenhardt, who designed a mural for Henry Ford Hospital, will also be showcased.

Artists featured also include Susan Tunick, a founder of the Friends of Terracotta in New York; Karen Koblitz, who has shown her work internationally, and who teaches in California; Diana Pancioli, who teaches in Michigan and got her start making tile murals while at Pewabic; Lubna Chowdhary whose murals can be seen throughout the United Kingdom, and Jason Green who teaches and whose architecturally inspired sculptures would not exist without the history of architectural ceramics.

In addition, Pewabic design staffer Mario Lopez will premiere a two-paneled work created expressly for the exhibition.

The exhibit is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and is free and open to the public.


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