The Colemans: Journey in Clay

May 17 - July 22, 2012

 

Curator, Lynnda Arrasmith, was intrigued by the many married couples that she has met who work together and make a living as ceramic artists.  Journey in Clay: The Colemans is the first in a series of exhibits featuring such couples.

Tom and Elaine Coleman, a husband and wife team from Nevada, are well known in the in the clay medium and have worked together for more than 35 years.  Tom specializes in throwing large porcelain vessels, which Elaine will carve and glaze. Tom started to form pots when he was 21 years old.  His stoneware was considered excellent, but porcelain was his specialty and obsession. He can throw a porcelain pot waist high – he can start a porcelain platter, stop for the day, fold in the sides of the platter, cover it with plastic, then come back the next morning, unfold the sides and finish the piece.  Remarkable when you consider he is using the porcelain medium.

Elaine’s expertise is in the carving and she has been enhancing her skills as a ceramic artist for over 30 years.  Her work is delicate and she has mastered the celadon glazes.  In recent years she is adding clay instead of carving to add another surface dimension to her work.

More than 20 pieces by these master potters will be on display.