Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts
Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

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Current Events


Epperson National Clay Competition at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.

Scott A. Shields, Juror.
Scott is the associate director and chief curator at the Crocker Art Museum. He holds an MA and PhD in art history from the University of Kansas. He has twenty-five years of museum experience, including his employment since 2000 with the Crocker. During his tenure in Sacramento, he has curated more than seventy-five exhibitions. He has also authored numerous exhibition catalogs, including Artists at Continent’s End: The Monterey Peninsula ArtColony, 1875–1907; Echoes of the Earth: Ceramics by Toshiko Takaezu; Edgar Payne: TheScenic Journey; A Touch of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory Kondos; Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage; E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit; Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955; Granville Redmond: The Eloquent Palette; and the forthcoming Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings.

This exhibition showcases the best contemporary ceramic art being made Nationally and the Call for Entries was open to all Artists working in Clay:Sculptors, Functional Artists, Potters and Hand Builders.



Past Events


Into the Woodsat the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.

Suzanne M Long, Curator.

September 4th-November 1st, 2020

Where does your mind go when you go Into the Woods?
From fairy tales to cautionary tales, to the wonder of the natural world and the interconnectedness of the inhabitants who reside there. Each of these four artists interprets the journey Into the Woods through a different lens.

Participating Artists: Julie Clement, Arthur Gonzalez, Kathy Pallie, Marsha Schindler



What Lies Beneathat the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.

Feb.14 - March 15, 2020.
Opening Reception: February 16,4-6pm.

Surreal: marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream, having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic:

We are excited topresent sculptural work in clay that fits the definition of Surreal. Work that is born in the subconscious space between dreams and consciousness. Where the unreal can manifest itself in a fantastical way. Work that provides insight into the world of the imagined and unreal.

Lisa Clague, Juror.
"My work evokes a place between the subconscious and the intangible. My masked figures are hybrid creatures, mistresses of ambiguity and disguise, of seduction and deception. These images like dreams are familiar but illusive. Dreams compress and heighten reality. They may bring delightful fantasy or feverish fear, fusion of overlaying images reflects desire, anxiety and the poetic lure of many inner worlds. Fairy tales, childhood games and masks, hallucinations, ghosts, insects, animals, bones and worms, are images in a passageway between what is dreamt what is lived, what is remembered and what is to come." - Lisa Clague

Clague received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her
Master of Fine Art degree from California College of Arts and Crafts.



Vessel at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

Suzanne M Long, Curator.

January 10th - February 9th, 2020.
Opening Reception January 18th, 4:00 - 6:00pm.

Thousands of years ago, humans learned how to make earthenware vessels by kneading, forming and firing clay.
In the modern era the definition of ”Vessel” has evolved.

Vessel
A: a container for holding something.
B: a person into whom some quality, such as grace, is infused.
C: a watercraft bigger than a rowboat.
D: a tube or canal. such as an artery.

The Artists in this show pay homage to the past, while embracing the expanded definition of Vessel.

Participating Artists include Susana Arias, Clayton Bailey, Deborah Bridges, Maru Hoeber, Margaret Realica and Bryan Yerian.



Where There’s Smoke... at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

Gerald Epperson, Curator.

October 18th - November 24th, 2019. Opening Reception October 26th, 4:00 - 6:00pm

The Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is pleased to present a group exhibition Where There‘s Smoke...Featuring the wood-fired works of five artists: Shawn Felts, Rod Guyer, Marc Lancet, Scott Parady, Nick Schwartz and Wesley T. Wright.

“Wood-Firing used to be the only means to fire clay. Today it is a choice that can lead to stunningly beautiful ceramics. The effort required for wood-firing now is voluntary. With electric and gas kilns offering the ceramic artist almost effortless firing, why opt for seemingly unending days and nights of labor? Why, in the face of modern convenience, are ceramic artists internationally electing to wood-fire ceramics? Beauty offers the answer. It’s not the”Oh that‘s lovely,” sort of beauty, but an extraordinary beauty--- a heart-achingly arresting beauty, an beauty of epic proportions, abeauty worth working for, a beauty only achievable by way of wood-firing.”

Marc Lancet
From his bookJapanese Wood-Fired Ceramics



Dog Days of Summer at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

Suzanne M Long, Curator.

August 30th - October 13th, 2019. Opening Reception September 7th, 4:00 - 6:00pm.
Closing Party with Rene’ Martuccis band According to Bazooka: Oct 12th, 4:00 - 6:00pm.

The Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is pleased to present the group exhibition Dog Days of Summer featuring the works of five dog-loving artists: Paula Bellacera, Gary Dinnen, Jeff Downing, Steve Jones and Rene’ Martucci. Each artist explores the unique relationship humans share with our canine companions as we walk through life. Paula Bellacera's pups seem always to be asking a question and waiting patiently for the answer. Gary Dinnen's dogs are not afraid to be goofy, whimsical, and heroic at the same time, expressing the time honored trait of loyalty. Steve Jones‘ dogs are indicative of a mischievous partner in crime and best friend to share an inside joke with. Rene’ Martucci's companions are stoic and intelligent with stories to share, and Jeff Downing's cohorts are dreamers and adventurers and the protectors of memory.

The Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is committed to the promotion of Artists working in Clay, especially those who make dogs.

Current Events

 

Epperson National Clay Competition at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.

Scott A. Shields, Juror.
Scott is the associate director and chief curator at the Crocker Art Museum. He holds an MA and PhD in art history from the University of Kansas. He has twenty-five years of museum experience, including his employment since 2000 with the Crocker. During his tenure in Sacramento, he has curated more than seventy-five exhibitions. He has also authored numerous exhibition catalogs, including Artists at Continent’s End: The Monterey Peninsula ArtColony, 1875–1907; Echoes of the Earth: Ceramics by Toshiko Takaezu; Edgar Payne: TheScenic Journey; A Touch of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory Kondos; Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage; E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit; Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955; Granville Redmond: The Eloquent Palette; and the forthcoming Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings.

This exhibition showcases the best contemporary ceramic art being made Nationally and the Call for Entries was open to all Artists working in Clay: Sculptors, Functional Artists, Potters and Hand Builders.

Past Events  

Into the Woods at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts.

Suzanne M Long, Curator.

September 4th-November 1st, 2020

Where does your mind go when you go Into the Woods?
From fairy tales to cautionary tales, to the wonder of the natural world and the interconnectedness of the inhabitants who reside there. Each of these four artists interprets the journey Into the Woods through a different lens.

Participating Artists: Julie Clement, Arthur Gonzalez, Kathy Pallie, Marsha Schindler

   

What Lies Beneath at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts. 

Feb.14 - March 15, 2020.
Opening Reception: February 16, 4-6pm.

Surreal: marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream, having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic:

We are excited to present sculptural work in clay that fits the definition of Surreal. Work that is born in the subconscious space between dreams and consciousness. Where the unreal can manifest itself in a fantastical way. Work that provides insight into the world of the imagined and unreal.

Lisa Clague, Juror.
"My work evokes a place between the subconscious and the intangible. My masked figures are hybrid creatures, mistresses of ambiguity and disguise, of seduction and deception. These images like dreams are familiar but illusive. Dreams compress and heighten reality. They may bring delightful fantasy or feverish fear, fusion of overlaying images reflects desire, anxiety and the poetic lure of many inner worlds. Fairy tales, childhood games and masks, hallucinations, ghosts, insects, animals, bones and worms, are images in a passageway between what is dreamt what is lived, what is remembered and what is to come."   - Lisa Clague

Clague received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her
Master of Fine Art degree from California College of Arts and Crafts.

   

Vessel at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

Suzanne M Long, Curator.

January 10th - February 9th, 2020.
Opening Reception January 18th, 4:00 - 6:00pm.

Thousands of years ago, humans learned how to make earthenware vessels by kneading, forming and firing clay. 
In the modern era the definition of ”Vessel” has evolved.

Vessel
A: a container for holding something.
B: a person into whom some quality, such as grace, is infused.
C: a watercraft bigger than a rowboat.
D: a tube or canal. such as an artery.

The Artists in this show pay homage to the past, while embracing the expanded definition of Vessel.

Participating Artists include Susana Arias, Clayton Bailey, Deborah Bridges, Maru Hoeber, Margaret Realica and Bryan Yerian.

   

Where There’s Smoke... at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

Gerald Epperson, Curator.

October 18th - November 24th, 2019. Opening Reception October 26th, 4:00 - 6:00pm

The Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is pleased to present a group exhibition Where There‘s Smoke... Featuring the wood-fired works of five artists: Shawn Felts, Rod Guyer, Marc Lancet, Scott Parady, Nick Schwartz and Wesley T. Wright.

“Wood-Firing used to be the only means to fire clay. Today it is a choice that can lead to stunningly beautiful ceramics. The effort required for wood-firing now is voluntary. With electric and gas kilns offering the ceramic artist almost effortless firing, why opt for seemingly unending days and nights of labor? Why, in the face of modern convenience, are ceramic artists internationally electing to wood-fire ceramics? Beauty offers the answer. It’s not the”Oh that‘s lovely,” sort of beauty, but an extraordinary beauty--- a heart-achingly arresting beauty, an beauty of epic proportions, a beauty worth working for, a beauty only achievable by way of wood-firing.”

Marc Lancet
From his book Japanese Wood-Fired Ceramics

   

Dog Days of Summer at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts

Suzanne M Long, Curator.

August 30th - October 13th, 2019. Opening Reception September 7th, 4:00 - 6:00pm.
Closing Party with Rene’ Martuccis band According to Bazooka: Oct 12th, 4:00 - 6:00pm.

The Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is pleased to present the group exhibition Dog Days of Summer featuring the works of five dog-loving artists: Paula Bellacera, Gary Dinnen, Jeff Downing, Steve Jones and Rene’ Martucci. Each artist explores the unique relationship humans share with our canine companions as we walk through life. Paula Bellacera's pups seem always to be asking a question and waiting patiently for the answer. Gary Dinnen's dogs are not afraid to be goofy, whimsical, and heroic at the same time, expressing the time honored trait of loyalty. Steve Jones‘ dogs are indicative of a mischievous partner in crime and best friend to share an inside joke with. Rene’ Martucci's companions are stoic and intelligent with stories to share, and Jeff Downing's cohorts are dreamers and adventurers and the protectors of memory.

The Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts is committed to the promotion of Artists working in Clay, especially those who make dogs.