Mary Fischer and Patricia Sannit / Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Mary Fischer and Patricia Sannit exhibition at Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

Mary Fischer and Patricia Sannit / Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, USA
March 17 - May 12, 2012

Obsidian Gallery presents a two person exhibition of non-figurative ceramic sculpture by Mary Fischer and Patricia Sannit. The show runs from March 17th through May 12, 2012, with the Artist’s Reception on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm.

The focus of Mary Fischer’s work is architecture, both in the wild and in books. The images “get jumbled” in Mary’s head and later sorted out by her hands.
The timelessness of indigenous architecture is an influence, as is the use of concrete by contemporary architects. Surface treatments and forms change over time as different structures capture her interest.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Patricia Sannit received her BA in Ceramics, Art History and Norwegian from the University of Minnesota and her MFA from the California College of Arts. She now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Sannit’s work is influenced by her experiences excavating in the Near East and Ethiopia. Sannit’s most recent project is a large-scale ceramic installation, Citadel, based on an archeological site in Iraq.
Patricia Sannit’s work draws from humanity’s relationship with both its natural and man-made surroundings. She uses both found and repurposed clay to refer to historical art forms as well as the stratigraphy of the Earth. “I am interested in the story of the earth, our species, and pots. History is manifest in the scarred and worn surface of our planet and in a pot well made and well used.”

Obsidian Gallery has presented the best in contemporary craft to Tucson residents and visitors for twenty-five years. There is an emphasis on the traditional craft media of clay, fiber, metal, glass and wood. Contemporary fine art, and works in mixed media complement the selection.

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David Gilbaugh: Siren Lamp Base, 2008, sculpted lamp base, 10”(W) x 22”(H), hand-built slab and coil, B-mix stoneware, cone 10 reduction, black stain

David Gilbaugh: Siren Lamp Base, 2008, sculpted lamp base, 10”(W) x 22”(H), hand-built slab and coil, B-mix stoneware, cone 10 reduction, black stain

David Gilbaugh: Orange Oak Teapot, 2008, sculpted teapot, 9”(W) x 17”(H), hand-built slab, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain throughout, Winokur Yellow glaze on bark surfaces

David Gilbaugh: Orange Oak Teapot, 2008, sculpted teapot, 9”(W) x 17”(H), hand-built slab, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain throughout, Winokur Yellow glaze on bark surfaces

Bodil Manz and Bente Skjøttgaard: Cuts and Interventions, Copenhagen Ceramics

Bodil Manz and Bente Skjøttgaard: Cuts and Interventions, Copenhagen Ceramics

Bodil Manz and Bente Skjøttgaard: Cuts and Interventions, Copenhagen Ceramics
2 – 25 February 2012.

Wheel-Tracks in Clay Meet Sampled Porcelain
Opposites will meet when Bodil Manz and Bente Skjøttgaard, two of Denmark’s well awarded ceramists, convene in their upcoming exhibition, ’Cuts and Interventions’. They belong to different generations and traditions, but for this show, they have decided to explore possible common denominators. The result can be seen and experienced from February 2 – 25 at Copenhagen Ceramics, the new gallery for contemporary ceramics in Copenhagen.

In their first ever co-exhibition, two of Denmark’s very distinct artistic profiles have decided to explore possible common denominators in their otherwise very contrasting work. The title of the show, ’Cuts and Interventions’ is referring to the characteristic manner, in which both ceramists are handling materials and working-processes.

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