Ethereal Patterns

Bing Davis Gallery, Upper Iowa University, Fayette IA.   January 17-February 8

This exhibition highlights the work of five artists that explore the concept of pattern in their functional ceramic work. This exploration of pattern can be seen in the design and repetition of the formal elements and surface treatments of the ceramic pieces. Each artist takes a different approach; influences vary from historical ceramic vessels, Islamic arabesque art, and European decorative arts. This collection features the following ceramic building techniques: hand building, altering wheel thrown pieces, and using plaster molds. The artists use these techniques to create contemporary functional pieces that encourage the audience to question their perception of utilitarian objects.