Functional clay artists to be featured in Wilson Gallery


Huntington, Ind.—Pieces created by functional clay artists will be featured in “The New Aesthetics of Ceramics,” an exhibit in Huntington University’s Robert E. Wilson Gallery.

“Their work challenges the established aesthetic ideals of the ceramics field,” said Rebecca Coffman, director of the Wilson Gallery.

The display will showcase 30 emerging and nationally known potters from 19 states. Artist, teacher and gallery owner Charlie Cummings will curate the exhibit, which will run from Jan. 30 through Feb. 28.

An artists’ reception will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 2.

“Over the past 10 years, I have noticed more and more potters breaking from making traditional English and Japanese inspired forms,” Cummings said. “They have started making pots that speak of modern life, customs and aesthetics. This exhibition focuses on 30 of these artists.”

A wide range of forms and functions will be represented in the show from bowls to teapots, cups to vases, and many other forms.

“Clay vessels address the formal concerns of sculpture and other three-dimensional art forms, but they also serve as containers,” Cummings said. “Function adds another dimension to the art viewing experience. For example, we all know cups are used for drinking. Beyond that basic understanding, the various forms cups embody and uses they imply communicate a wealth of information to the viewer and user. Compare a fine china tea cup to a Japanese inspired tea bowl. Both are made for drinking tea, but both imply a quite different occasion and experience for the user.”

The Wilson Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., before and after all Merillat Centre for the Arts performances, and by appointment. For further information, contact Rebecca Coffman at (260) 359-4272 or

Featured artists include the following: 


Kristen Kieffer Baldwinville, Mass. 
Sam Chung Marquette, Mich. 
Deborah Schwartzkopf Lemon Grove, Calif. 
Liz Smith Little Rock, Ark. 
Allison McGowan Concord, N.C. 
Jeremy Kane Jr. Auke Bay, Ala. 
Bonnie Seeman Coral Gables, Fla. 
Kathleen Guss & Stephen Robison Red Springs, N.C. 
Ryan Greenheck Philadelphia, Pa. 
Lisa Orr Austin, Texas 
Tim Rowan Stone Ridge, N.Y. 
Steven Cheek Asheville, N.C. 
Charlie Cummings Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Andy Shaw Philadelphia, Pa. 
Grace Sheese Eugene, Ore. 
Kari Radasch Westbrook, Maine 
Kevin Snipes Shaker Heights, Ohio 
Matt Hyleck Baltimore, Md. 
Steven Roberts Bowling Green, Ohio 
Tara Wilson Helena, Mont. 
Alleghany Meadows Carbondale, Colo. 
Victor Visockis Prospect, Conn. 
Tim Christensen-Kirby Milton, N.H. 
Meredith Host Columbus, Ohio 
Monica Ripley Cambridge, Mass. 
Elizabeth Robinson Rangley, Colo. 
Marian Baker Yarmouth, Maine 
Lorna Meaden Snowmass Village, Colo. 
Sam Clarkson Santa Cruz, Calif. 
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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