David Fredrickson, ‘Freddy’ to all who worked with him at Alfred, retired in December 2016 after 36 years of service. Freddy kept student research and the Ceramic Art facility at the center of his charge, building important connections and co-operative relationships with all facets of the school and university – connections essential for the advancement of a large and complex world-class facility. Freddy’s effectiveness was commensurate with the respect he garnered across the greater community for his good will, integrity, generosity and expertise. Freddy offered Kiln Building classes to our students; he mentored, advised and supported them as they moved through the program. Freddy’s solutions to any problem were implemented so quickly the problems barely had time to become problems. His diplomacy, fairness, and good humor set the tone for the entire division.
Freddy is well known across the continent for his excellent kiln design and construction. Even with many more kiln builders in the market today, the Fredrickson Kiln is still praised for its smart engineering and resiliency to wear. At home in Alfred, the technical foundation he built in the facility and studios allowed the faculty and students to focus on teaching and research. Beyond Alfred, Freddy was in demand for kiln building at other educational facilities. The new outdoor kiln building at Alfred is only one of Freddy's major contributions. Conscious of the priority of student research, Freddy tended the outdoor kiln area for years, and worked with several division heads and many faculty, and with the leadership of the NYSCC and its physical plant to have a proper and safe facility constructed. This building would still be on paper if it were not for Freddy’s consistent stewardship.
With Freddy’s departure, Shawn Murrey becomes our new Head Kiln Specialist. Shawn joined the Ceramic Art team in 2008 and was mentored by Freddy to apply and develop additional skill sets. True to his nature, Freddy made sure Ceramic Art was in excellent hands when he retired. We will miss Freddy. We remain so grateful for his service and we are very happy that he and Jackie Pancari will continue to live down the road.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Oct 15 - Dec 15, Jan 15 - April 15
5263 Owl Creek Rd
PO Box 5598
February 16 – March 18, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 16, 6-8 PM
P•P•O•W is pleased to present Tie Me to the Mast, a solo exhibition by Annabeth Rosen, a distinguished sculptor in the community of West Coast ceramicists. Her work explores the fundamental properties of ceramics by directly confronting the aesthetic and chemical relationships between sculptural form and painterly surface. Rosen’s formally intuitive process is enabled by a complex understanding of historical conventions, composite materials, and chemical properties, placing her work in the tradition of experimental ceramicists including Peter Voulkos, Betty Woodman, Linda Benglis, and Martin Puryear.
The exhibition, her first with the gallery, will feature a series of small-scale ceramic sculptures, elaborate organic forms that reveal layer upon layer of clay, glaze, and salt, fired using a ‘salt flux’ technique, which triggers a self-glazing reaction. A signature innovation to this centuries-old technique, through this process Rosen mixes surface chemistry into the body of her work, creating a solid mass whose glaze rises to the fore during the firing process. Rejecting historical standards that distinguish decorative arts as ‘perfect’, Rosen’s practice can be described as an effort to undermine established conventions about an object’s merit, resulting in an extensive body of work that embraces the challenges of a robust studio practice: precarious balance, fissured surfaces, and accumulated fragments.
Among the works on view will be Roil, a large-scale sculptural work of individual ceramic forms, piled on top of one another like layered gestures. Each individual piece is painted, and together the work takes on the effect of an abstract painting, ‘framed’ in a custom pedestal made of metal. Pieced together, the work appears as if in motion, a swirling, cascading form, seemingly driven by an inner velocity.
Rosen describes the ceramic process for her as breaking down the barrier between the visual and sensual. Her works invite not only an aesthetic evaluation, but a physical one as well. Creating works that appear as if caught in a state of motion, the sculptures evoke a visceral response in the viewer, inviting them to investigate the cracks and cervices visible on the work’s surface. Interested in the way in which the clay changes through being worked and formed, Rosenpushes the limits of the material, building up works, firing them, adding new elements, firing them again, and so on, exploiting the clay to create cracks in the surface of the finished work that exposes the nature of the materials.
“My work represents a tally of touches that are informed by years of deliberate working experience,” said Rosen. “My process may allude to a desire to blur contemporary experience into something timeless and familiar, like ceramics itself. I engage in both recklessness and thoughtfulness at the same time, embracing the awkward and the unfinished, the partial and the raw.”
Though her works appear organic, found, or formed, masses of clay un-heroically yielding to the weight of their material,Rosen’s work is deliberate. Through the process of creating her ceramic works, Rosen often breaks them, a practice that she finds as interesting as the creation itself, as it reveals the possibility and potency of a shard. She fires and re-fires her work, interested in both the change in material as the work accumulates mass, as well as the way the physical material can be negotiated – its limits pushed, while simultaneously pushing the limits of what a sculpture can be.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rosen received her BFA from NYS State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She was recently announced as a 2016 recipient of a United States Artists fellowship. She has been the Robert Arneson Endowed Chair at the University of California Davis since 1997. Rosenhas taught at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art and Bennington College. Rosen has received multiple grants and awards, a Pew Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, several UC Davis Research Grants, and a Joan Mitchell Award for Painting and Sculpture. Rosen’s work is in the collection of the LA County Museum of Art, The Oakland Museum of Art, The Denver Art Museum, and The Everson Museum, as well as public and private collections throughout the country. Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped, Rosen’s first major survey chronicling 20 years of her work in ceramics and drawing, will open at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in August of 2017. She is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco.
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Chinamania featuring work by Alfred Faculty Walter McConnell is currently on view at the Freer/Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian in Washington DC until June 4, 2017 . Two monumental, cast porcelain "Stupas" from McConnell's series "A Theory Of Everything " are on view as well as a collaborative project with the Smithsonian's 3D scanning team that pairs an arrangement of 57 Kangxi blue and white porcelains with a boxed set of their prototyped facsimiles in miniature.
Thanks to Hutomo Wicaksono for the video and Robert Harrell for the images.
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Thurs. Sept. 29, 1:00pm-4:00pm - Demonstration, Jr. Ceramic Sculpture Studio, Harder Hall
Thurs. Sept. 29, 4:30pm - Artist Lecture, Room C BMH
Fri. Sept. 30, 9:00am-12:00pm - Demonstration, Jr. Ceramic Sculpture Studio, Harder Hall
The Alfred Clay Collective welcomes back Anne Currier as a visiting artist September 29th & 30th.
Anne Currier is a ceramic sculptor and professor emerita of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She received her BFA in 1972 from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and her MFA in 1974 from the University of Washington, Seattle. Currier has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Virginia A. Groot Foundation.
Currier's sculptures are in numerous private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institutions, Washington, D.C; Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany; The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. Commissions include Arrow International, Reading, PA and Miller Theater, Alfred, NY.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1950, Currier now lives in Scio, NY with her husband, George Hrycun, an artist and avid fly fisherman.
Download the file below to view "Anne Currier, Anamorphosis" by Kay Whitney. Originally published in October 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly, pages (44-47). http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org . Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.