Both Artist & Mother (NCECA) & Conanicut Clay

Two exhibitions will open during the NCECA conference in March – Both Artist & Mother and Conanicut Clay.

Opening Reception: Friday, March 27, 6 – 8pm

Gallery Hours:

March 22 – 28 (during NCECA conference): Sunday, 10:00am – 2:00pm; Monday – Thursday 9:30am – 5:00pm; Friday 9:30am – 8:00pm; Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm

March 29 – April 30: Wednesday – Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm

Both Artist & Mother (NCECA)

Curated by Kate Fisher

In our contemporary ceramic community, many women have gracefully tackled the lively experiment that is being both artist and mother. These dual roles simultaneously impact each other both practically and conceptually. As many women have discovered, to experience maternity is to epitomize the vessel. This along with clay’s often-recognized metaphoric relationship to the stages of life itself provides artists who utilize clay in their work a unique perspective on the art/motherhood lively experiment.

Over the past year, Kate Fisher has been surveying, interviewing and documenting a cross section of ceramic artists who are also mothers. Examining how children, or the circumstances of their lives as they include them, changed and impacted the work these artists choose to make and/or how they make it. This exhibition features the women of Kate’s research collaborations and the creative work they make in their studio practices.

Participating Artists:

(Interviewed Mothers)

Jen Allen, Kate Fisher, Erin Furminsky, Molly Hatch, Alicia Mack, Jess Parker, Kristin Pavelka, Amy Smith, Mikey Walsh, Rhonda Willers, Summer Zickefoose

(Mentor Mothers)

Linda Christianson, Jeannie Hulen, Julie Johnson, Eva Kwong, Kari Radasch, Ellen Shankin

As part of this exhibition, participating artist, Amy Smith, will run a demo at the Jamestown Arts Center from 6 – 8pm on Tuesday, March 24. More information to come.


Conanicut Clay (concurrent exhibit during NCECA conference)

Organized by Jillian Barber and Susie Matthews

This exhibition showcases the ceramic artwork created by 10 artists who either live in or work on Conanicut Island. This show represents and celebrates Jamestown’s ceramics community during the 2015 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference, taking place in Rhode Island March 25-28. Each artist has a different approach to clay, demonstrating the potential of the ceramic medium and its diverse applications

Participating Artists: Jillian Barber, Jennifer Clancy, Craig Crawford, Connie Payne Enright, Peter Flood, Lisa Harris, Martin Keen, Susan Matthews, Robin Monihan, Natalie Squillante

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* Image details:

Artist: Molly Hatch; Title: Dresden I; Measurements: 40” H x 40” W x 1.5” D; Materials: Earthenware with underglaze and glaze; Photo: John Polak


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