The Clay Studio, Philadelphia’s preeminent studio and gallery for ceramic art, presents a series of thought-provoking new exhibitions from nationally recognized ceramic artists slated for June and July.
The Clay Studio is a nonprofit arts organization with internationally renowned artist residency programs, classes and events, exhibitions, community engagement programs, a shop, and more. They serve as a place where established and emerging artists come to shape their careers, a vital resource for arts education at local schools and community organizations, and a destination where people from all walks of life can explore the vast world of clay.
On June 4, the Bonovitz Gallery will feature “Sprinkles and Confetti,” a collection of confectionery-inspired cups and mugs created by South Carolina ceramic artist Tiffany Thomas. Her upcoming exhibition utilizes porcelain fired with bright stains and glazes, creating an array of confectionery-inspired cups and mugs.
Beginning July 2, The Clay Studio will display solo exhibitions from three different artists. In the Harrison Gallery, former Clay Studio Resident Artist Peter Barbor will share his new exhibition, “Falling Short of Heaven,” a collection of sculptures inspired by Edward Hicks paintings. Through a provisional use of clay and adjacent materials, he is particularly concerned with exposing vulnerabilities in how historical narratives define our society.
Canadian ceramic artist Carly Slade’s solo exhibition of scaled-down clay replica of The Clay Studio’s current building in Old City titled “137 – 139 N. 2nd Street” will be featured in the Bonovitz Gallery. Known for her surreal clay dioramas of real places, Slade will use her miniature building skills to create an altered perspective scale model of The Clay Studio’s current home in Old City.
Finally, the Korman Gallery will display sculptor Kopal Seth’s collection of sculptures inspired by the vibrant streets of the Indian city she grew up in titled “Systematic Chaos.” Her work addresses national Indian cultural history while contemplating the present and the future.
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Entry to The Clay Studio’s galleries and store are free to the public. Exhibitions and store items are available to view virtually on The Clay Studio’s website or in person. All works from the exhibitions are for sale. The Clay Studio is open for visitors from Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.