‘Teapots: Real and Imagined’ at CRAFT

Jun 30, 2018
St. George ceramic artist George Pearlman uses the teapot as canvas.

Rockland — CRAFT Gallery, 12 Elm St., has invited eight artists to exhibit their interpretations of a teapot. “Teapots: Real and Imagined” opens Friday, July 6, to run through August. The studio artists considered the teapot as both functional and sculptural inspiration: every teapot has a lid, spout and handle, and yet they are as diverse as the artists who created them.

Potters Jody Johnstone and Autumn Cipala use different clay bodies and firing techniques to create functional teapots. Cipala is inspired by historical ceramics from many cultures. The proportions are studied and restrained, with subtle contrasts of carved patterns on the porcelain surfaces of creamy white and pale celadon. Her teapot is accompanied by traditional cups and saucers, cream pitchers and sugar bowls. Johnstone, in contrast, uses her wood-fired anagama kiln and rough textured stoneware to create earthy pots with textures created from the heat and ash during firing. Her teapots invite casualness and comfort from the pleasures of company.

Potter George Pearlman’s teapots are seen in a broader context, coming from making ceramic containers that serve as a canvas to paint colorful exuberant patterns. The teapot by Simon van der Ven, a potter known for his organic forms and patterns, reflects his response to nature. His work in this show is through the courtesy of Harbor Square Gallery.

Graphic interpretations of the culture of tea are offered by Dudley Zopp and Lissa Hunter. Zopp’s paintings of tea bowls and jars recall the Japanese ritual of the tea ceremony, while Hunter’s charcoal drawings of groups of teapots gesture and interact with one another in a sociable way.

During July and August, glass artist David Jacobson will debut his new series of handblown glass vessels for use as vases, sculptural objects of serene beauty or as containers for commemorative ashes. Jan Owen and Abbie Read will show new work, as well.

Artists will be present to talk about their work during the First Friday Art Walk, and live music will be played by Bill Tozier in front of CRAFT in the courtyard. For more information, visit craftonelm.com or call 594-0167.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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