This spring, Detroit’s historic Pewabic Pottery is hosting a special exhibit showcasing the new work of Joe Zajac, a renowned talent on Michigan’s ceramic art scene. The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception on Friday, March 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and runs through Sunday, May 26.

Zajac’s new work features flat, tile-like ceramic pieces with surfaces that evoke the automobile in their perfection of surface, as well as the flash of contemporary jewelry and color-block clothing. Zajac’s beautifully hand-crafted ceramics feature bright colors enhanced by a shiny glaze for a mesmerizing look.

Zajac is one of Michigan’s more accomplished ceramic artists. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University and serves as associate department chair and professor of ceramics at Wayne State University. Zajac is a member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and has served as president and director of the Michigan Ceramic Art Association.

“Joe Zajac’s handcrafted pieces are striking and a wonderful addition to our exhibition schedule,” said Barbara Sido, executive director of Pewabic Pottery. “It’s especially great to showcase a local artist who has garnered such respect amongst the ceramic community.”

Pewabic Pottery is a non-profit arts and cultural organization and National Historic Landmark which is dedicated to engaging people of all ages in learning experiences with contemporary ceramic art and artists while preserving its historic legacy.

Pewabic is a historic working pottery which is open to the public year- round and offers classes, workshops and tours to children and adults. Pewabic creates giftware, pottery and architectural tile, showcases more than 80 ceramic artists in its galleries, and operates a museum store that features pottery and gift tile made on-site.

Visitors are welcome, free of charge, Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. To learn more about Pewabic Pottery call (313) 626-2000 or visit Pewabic

Pottery is located at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit across the street from Waterworks Park.


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