Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cup Shows Runneth Over

        So this Fall season has a overwhelming offering of cups and cup shows. I think Michael Kline said that he is in 4 shows, all focusing on cups. I have been invited to 3 and I wanted to let y'all know about them.  

The first is Cup:  The Intimate Object VII, an invitational exhibition by Charlie Cummings Gallery in Florida.  This is one incredible show, that opened earlier this week.  With around 600 cups, not only is it a massive showing of work but a technical feat to pull it off, and with such panache.  This show has the best ad that I have seen, I think ever, because I think it really draws out the hand of the user and the experience of an "intimate object".  The photo of Lindsay Rogers connects the handmade cup to the hand of the maker/to the hand of the user, which I think maybe a lot of show announcements still rely on the "this is the work" model.  I applaude Charlie's graphic designer and the concept of this ad, simply great!  Here is the link if you would like to check the show out:  Charlie Cummings Gallery.

                                                                                                                     Another great show of cups just opened online at Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, NC.  This show is entitled "Interpreting the Cup:  Process, Influence and Intent" and was curated by Jason Burnett.  There are a lot of great cups that run the spectrum from sculptural to functional.  Jason did a great job, and I am honored to be part of the show.  Check out the link:  Crimson Laurel Gallery.  Below is an image of one of my cups in the show, part of my new blue series, which I am pretty excited about and peeps have been responding to very positively.

And finally, my third cup show (actually 4th this year, earlier in the summer Carbondale Clay Center had a great show called "Pairings", which had local wineries and breweries pairing up show vessels with complementary beverages) is at The Artisan Gallery in Northampton, MA.   This show is titled "Consider the Cup:  Cup and Mug Invitational" and I do believe this is the 4th year.  My cups for this show are in the kiln as I type, heating up and hopefully doing wonderful things.  I have been in this show before, and I am very grateful to have sold well and be invited back to join an incredible list of ceramic artists.  Check out this link:  The Artisan Gallery.  The show opens next Friday, November 11, and I'll be rushing and packing my work to ship out early next week (Sorry, I'm late, Chuck and Patty!).

So, no shortage of opportunities to buy and admire vessels for your beverages, hope you find a favorite and support some lucky ceramic artist this Fall!  Autumnal blessings to everyone!