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Carole Epp

Figure/Figurine / The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA

Figure/Figurine Exhibition at the The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA

Figure/Figurine / The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA
April 6 – April 29, 2012

The Clay Studio - Philadelphia’s premier non-profit ceramic arts organization is pleased to present Figure/Figurine. The exhibition, taking place in the Harrison Gallery of The Clay Studio’s Old City home at 137-139 N. Second Street, runs from April 6 – April 29, 2012. The public is cordially invited to attend.

For many contemporary artists working in clay sculpting representations of the human figure, associations with and references to the figurine are natural. Figurines, diminutive tabletop sculptures, representing man and or beast have lived in almost every home globally, regardless of place, culture or time. Early clay examples date back some 30000 years. Throughout time these figures have represented many things. From fertility icons to religious symbols, common man to Kings, from singular figures to ornate and complex compositions, these intimate sculptures commemorate(d) everyday and heroic acts, modern day folk and pop cultural figures, and historically significant events.

Artists participating in Figure/Figurine include Christyl Boger, Ann Agee, Jeremy Brooks, Carole Epp, Anna Noel, and Debbie Kupinsky. Each of these makers uses the history of the figurine to create works that live comfortably in our contemporary world.

The Clay Studio
Founded in 1974, The Clay Studio is a non-profit educational art organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the ceramic arts and the work of new clay artists. The Clay Studio supports the ceramic arts through its artist residencies, gallery, studio space, school, and outreach programs. The Clay Studio believes in promoting broad access to the ceramic arts and gears its programs to all levels of interest and proficiency.

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 - 6 pm.

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  • Carole Epp

    Carole Epp's profile on Ceramics Now Magazine - View her works

    Read the interview with Carole Epp, Artist of the month - April 2011

    Carole Epp is a Canadian ceramic artist and writer, who received her Masters Degree in Ceramics from the Australian National University. Her ceramics branch off into two distinct bodies of work wherein she produces lines of sculptural and functional objects. Her sculptural based work incorporates the production of collectible figurines whose traditional genre is subverted by revealing a more truthful representation of behaviour and morality in contemporary society. An analysis of consumer culture is unveiled and dialogue is presented regarding the personal relationship one has with global events and politics. The functional domestic wares investigate contemporary industrial design aesthetics and their sustainability through handmade qualities, including what has traditionally been deemed glaze-faults, in combination with the clean and calculated look of mass-produced wares.

    Her work has been exhibited in Canada, Scotland, Australia and the United States. Her artwork and writing has also been published in the past few years in magazine publications, websites and books. She is editor of Musing About Mud an online blog which showcases information, calls for entry, exhibitions and artist profiles related to the ceramic arts.

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  • Carole Epp: Sibling rivalry installation detail

  • Carole Epp: The bewildered audience detail

  • Carole Epp: The bewildered audience

  • Carole Epp: Cheap shots detail

  • Carole Epp: Till death do they part

  • Carole Epp: Sometimes she wanted to tune it out as much as anyone else detail #2

  • Carole Epp: Sometimes she wanted to tune it out as much as anyone else detail

  • Carole Epp: Sometimes she wanted to tune it out as much as anyone else

  • Exhibition: Artists by Artists: Marsha Kennedy and Carole Epp

    Artists by Artists: Marsha Kennedy and Carole Epp

    the politics of innocent dreams
    April 15 to June 12, 2011

    Carole Epp creates provocative ceramic sculptures that reference kitsch figurines, lowbrow art and consumer culture. These figurative tableaux explore human experience — death and love, hope and failure, family and social pressures — and seek to stimulate conversation, thought and action.

    Epp lives and works in Saskatoon. She has exhibited her work locally, nationally and internationally and is editor of the popular ceramic arts blog, Musing About Mud. Her mentor, Marsha Kennedy, is an artist and educator based in Regina. Kennedy teaches painting and drawing at the University of Regina while maintaining an active studio practice.

    Opening Reception - Friday, April 15, 8 p.m.

    Location:
    950 Spadina Crescent East, P.O. Box 569
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7K 3L6 Canada
    Phone: (306) 975-7610 Fax: (306) 975-7670

    Find the Mendel Art Gallery Website here.

    Visit Carole Epp's profile on Ceramics Now Magazine and read her interview as Artist of the month.

  • Carole Epp: There’s no place like home (2011)

    Medium: Mid-fired white stoneware, underglaze, china paint, glitter, paint.

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