This Friday, Migration: A Gallery will open its summer show, "Conscious Clay", featuring ceramic pieces from Tom Clarkson, Steve Mitchell, and Stanton Hunter. An opening reception with the artists will be held Friday, July 11, 2008 from 5:30-8:00. The show runs through August 20, 2008.
Charlottesville ceramist and PVCC art professor Tom Clarkson will exhibit his completely functional ceramic art. Elements of his design include wood-ash glazes and the application of details to the surfaces of the pots which show the different textures that the clay has before it is fired. Clarkson states that this technique creates "a harmony between form, surface and function."
Roanoke artist Steve Mitchell experiments with various elements and firing techniques to achieve different looks for his ceramics. Migration will exhibit Steve’s Raku - Ferric Chloride and Sodium Silicate pots, which under varying temperatures produces an explosion of color and textures on their surfaces.
Stanton Hunter is based out of California but exhibits his work nationally. He specializes in large site specific installations; however Stanton’s more intimate "Earth/Sky text translation project" will be exhibited at Migration. This recent project consists of colored clay and glass squares, and is his interpretation of text from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.
More details regarding each of these artists will follow.