Earth & Alchemy

Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

Kate McDowell

Stephen D. Paine Gallery

Yo Akiyama, Susannah Biondo-Gemmell, Syd Carpenter, Sam Chung, Mark CooperLaurent CrasteBean Finneran, Klara Kristalova, Kate MacDowell, Warren MatherNaoko MatsumotoJ.J. McCrackenMegumi NaitohValéria Nascimento, Kamio OgataElizabeth OrleansAnnabeth Rosen, Takayuki Sakiyama, Linda Swanson, Paul SwenbeckAkio TakamoriXavier Toubes, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Jason Walker, Kurt Weiser

Earth & Alchemy celebrates contemporary ceramic sculpture and showcases a cross-generational selection of over two dozen influential artists. Exploring a range of ideas encompassing conceptualism, social activism, materiality, and humor, this exhibition presents a survey of approaches to ceramics that often push the boundaries of one of the world's oldest media. Whether through expansive sculptures, extraterrestrial installations, or fantastical vessels, the artists included in the exhibition have developed novel techniques—such as using oven-baked backyard clay covered with house paints, layering slip over glaze to create richly textured and encrusted surfaces, or silk-screening digital imagery onto porcelain. Earth & Alchemy examines the depth and range of ceramic practice today—a macrocosm of clay.


Gallery hours:
Mon-Sat: 12:00-6:00PM
Wed: 12:00-8:00PM

Holiday Hours:
November 25, 26, & 27: CLOSED. Saturday, November 28: 12:00-6:00PM

Galleries are open only during listed exhibition dates. Exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.


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