Off the Table!  Plates for the Wall: National Ceramic Exhibition 2015

Juror's Statement

For me, working in clay has always been its own reward.  I hope that is true for all those who entered this competition.  The variety of entries reflects a wide range of interests and a variety of pursuits.  I hope all, despite their acceptance or rejection from this show, will continue their work.  If you “dig” clay, you dig deeper than one juror’s opinion.

That being said, judging any show is difficult – especially on-line.  Among the pieces submitted for this event, tropes and conceits of every modern clay movement seem to be represented.  Those works selected reflect a confidence of execution with strong design elements and, in many cases, exceptional glaze work.  Discussing the subtlety of individual pieces is a bit impossible since they are only being viewed in a two-dimensional format.  However, I will comment on a few. 

The platter selected for the highest honor, with its strong sculptural elements, takes it way off the table.  No doubt, it belongs on the wall.  And, the glaze treatment suits its nature.  The second place piece with its illustrative character is very strong graphically.  The contrast of the white against the black draws the viewer in.  The third place platter, a commendable exercise in detail, to me has a degree of humor (whether intended or not) combined with a surface tension that demands more than a cursory look.  All three of these are fascinating works.

The remainder of the field also has admirable characteristics.  The two white platters with their measured flowing lines have a quiet strength .  The two pieces that I think of as the “organ plates” have strong sculptural and graphic elements.  Others were equally impressive whether it was through the use of color, texture, graphics, or glaze.  All reflect the healthy and varied nature of clay pursuits today.

John Dennison 

Mike Rand          Best of Show Award- $500.00
Many Blue Thoughts
Wood Kiln Fired Porcelain, Cone 8-10 Glaze with Cobalt Carbonate Slip
11" x 11" x 2"

Deb Potter          First Place Award- $200.00
Garden Paradise
Porcelain, Sgraffito
14" x 14" x 1.5"

Molly Uravitch          Second Place Aaward $100.00
Cone 6 Oxidation, Colored Slips and Sgraffito
16" x 16" x 2"

Abby Salsbury
Curio I
Hand Built Earthenware Clay, Underglaze & Underglaze Inlay, Sgraffito, Wax Resist, Glaze And Decals Made From The Artist's Prints & Drawings. On The Back Is A Slab Riser, To Give The Plate Space From The Wall And Allow Hanging
7.5" x 7.5" x 1.5"

Andy Thomas
Plate 3
Dark Clay Body, Colored Slips, Carved And Salt Fired To Cone 5
2.5" x 11.5" x 2"

Brice Dyer
Layered Plate
Wood-Fired Stoneware
1.5" x 10" x 10"

Blanche Somer
Wired Plate
Glazed Stoneware, Oxide Decals, Copper Wire/Tacks; Electric Cone 6
2" x 11 1/2" x 11 1/2"

Caitlin Ross
Crop Circle, Salisbury England
Hand Thrown and Carved Porcelain Cone 6 Oxidation
12" x 12" x 1"

Caitlin Ross
We Move Like the Sea
Hand Thrown and Carved Porcelain Cone 6 Oxidation
12" x 12" x 1"

Diel Gray
Slab Plate # 212
Clay, Slab Built
12" x 12" x 2"

Deborah Lecce
Shino Platter
B Mix Clay, Wheel Thrown, Malcome Shino Glaze, Black Wax, Glaze Decoration
3" x 13" x 13"

Flavia Krasilchik
The Girl With The Sun And The Moon
Sculpture Clay, Underglaze, Glaze, Fired Cone 10
3 3/4" x 11 1/4" x 11 1/4"

Geoffrey Steven Kunkler
Big Boy Platter, Chun Shino
Stoneware Cone 10 Reduction
14" x 14" x 4.5"

J. Amber Egbert
Stoneware Mixed with Vermiculite (Fired to Cone 6), Underglaze, Glaze

Jim Gilman
Face Abstraction
White Stoneware - Underglazes And Glazes Fired To Cone 9
2.25" x 16" x 2.25"

Jackson Gray
Hibiscus Plate
Sgraffito on White Stoneware with Ruby Red Accent Glaze
12" x 11" x 1.75"

Jan Schachter
Open Woven Plate
Extruded Coils Woven - Black Mt. Clay, Wood Fired
2" x 14" x 14"

Julia Shahvar
Stoneware, Oxide, Underglazes
14" x 14" x 1.5"

Jessica Wilson
Layers: "What Was Once Beautiful..."
Porcelain, Shellac Resist, Wax Resist, Hand Painted Underglaze Decoration, Cone 6 Oxidation, Sandblasted
9" x 9" x 1.5"

Keith Hershberger
Fish Plate
Wood Fired Stoneware With Flashing Slips
10.25" x 10.25" x 1.5"

Lisa Di Stefano
She Comes from the Earth
Wheel-Thrown Plate, Sculpture Heart & Recycled Ceramic Material: Ceramic Cone 6 Firing
9 1/2" x 9 1/2" x 2 3/4"

Lisa Di Stefano
Illusions of the Heart
Wheel-Thrown Plate, Sculpture Heart & Soldering with Black Patina: Ceramic Cone 6 Firing
9" x 9" x 1 3/4"

Lin Werner
Untitled Plate
Cone 5 Two Colors Clay, Slab Construction, Transparent Glaze
14" x 14" x 3"

Lou Raye Nichol
Plate with Woman in the Window
Carbon Trapped Porcelain
1"x 8" x 8"

Mike Rand
Thoughts Mixing at an Intersections
Wood Kiln Fired Rands Stoneware, Rand's 20% Iron Oxide Clay, Rand's Base Cone 11-12 glaze
11" x 11" x 2.5"

Mike Strumbras
Blackstone Peony Charger
Cone 6 Oxidation Black Stoneware, Porcelain Patina, Resisted Glaze, Mishima Slip Inlay
2" x 9" x 9"

Molly Uravitch
Choral Cats
Cone 6 Oxidation, Colored Slips and Sgraffito
12.5" x 12.5" x 1.5"

Matthew Wright
Installation Specialist Portrait
Cone 5 Oxidation, Colored Engobe Slips
10" x 10" x 2"

Naomi Nierenberg
Nierenberg 1
Stoneware Clay
12" x 12" x 1.5"

Naomi Nierenberg
Nierenberg 2
Stoneware Clay
9.5" x 9.5" x 2"

Seth Charles
Wood Fired Stoneware - Reduction Cooled
7" x 7" x 1"