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In the Press
December 7, 2020
December 19, 2020 – May 30, 2021
Brockton, Mass. – Particle & Wave: Paper Clay Illuminated is a groundbreaking, traveling, international exhibition featuring 45 artists from across the globe who are redefining the potential of the ceramic arts and representing a commitment to their craft. Curated by Peter Held, exhibition provides historical information about the evolution of paper clay as an artistic medium and showcases the amazing diversity of form and expression that exists in today’s growing global community of artists.
“Exhibitions focused on a specific technique or material inherently have limitations, but the breadth of technique, concept, and form found in this exhibition runs counter to theory. … I found committed artists, who purposefully chose this material for its adaptability, tensile strength, translucency, and ecological and sustainable concerns—many…adding an additional vocabulary to their process.”
–Peter Held, Exhibition Curator
Although the use of fiber and clay to make large structures, utilitarian objects, bricks, and dwellings is thousands of years old, it didn’t metamorphose into an artistic medium until the mid-twentieth century. Any clay body, whether earthen, stoneware, or porcelain, can and is being utilized today by artists. By adding cellulose fibers to the clay, additional strength and lighter weight is achieved. This allows artists to fabricate works that would be difficult, if not impossible, with traditional clay building methods.
As with any material, the works in the exhibition transcend technique alone. Rather, the participating artists address issues of sustainability, social engagement, environmental concerns, and issues facing a global contemporary culture. Sustainability and the incorporation of recycled materials to up-cycle and repurpose has become an increasingly important issue in the field of ceramic art. The issue of sustainability has been particularly problematic since the production of ceramics requires a significant amount of natural resources. The concept of sustainability is well known in the context of economic, social, and ecological issues as it is the key to establishing the capability for natural and cultural systems to evolve over time.
Particle and Wave: PaperClay Illuminated is organized by Lorie Nelson, the exhibition director and founder of The International Paper Clay Exhibition, curated by Peter Held, and sponsoredby the Caroline R. Graboys Fund.
Barbro Äberg, Lorri Acott, Jerry Bennett, Vincent Burke, Susan Collett, Cristina Córdova, Rosette Gault, Mette Maya Gregersen, Stephanie Hanes, Graham Hay, Rebecca Hutchinson, Rashi Jain, Françoise Joris, Scarlett Kanistanaux, Leah Kaplan, Anjani Khanna, Tomoko Konno, Malia Landis, Yehrim Lee, Mimi Logothetis, Joan Lurie, Cory Mahoney, Angela Mellor, Dan Molyneux, Valeria Nascimento, Liisa Nelson, Susan O’Byrne, Nuala O’Donovan, Paola Paronetto, Colby Parsons, Malene Halkjær Pedersen, Alia Pialtos, Henry Pim, Jennifer Reid, Susan Robey, Anima Roos, Amanda Salov, Hannah Thompsett, Robert Wagener, Matt Wedel, Susan Whitmore, Shiyuan Xu, and Hsu Yunghsu.
Image Credit: Susan O’Byrne, Sheep, 2018. Porcelain, Paperclay. 26″x 15″x 26″
Shelter, Place, Social, Distance: Contemporary Dialogues from the Permanent Collection
August 1 – November 29, 2020
Stephanie Cole: Secular Cathedral
January 25, 2020 – January 10, 2021
James Grashow: The Great Monkey Project
February 15, 2020 – January 31, 2021
From Where I Sit: Permanent Collection Seating
September 19, 2020 – February 21, 2021
Tending the Fires: Recent Acquisitions in Clay
August 17, 2019 – March 14, 2021
Artists in Their Studios: A Photography Project for Maine
August 17, 2019 – TBD
American Clay: Modern Potters, Traditional Pots
January 30 – November 7, 2021
Particle & Wave: PaperClay Illuminated
December 19, 2020 – May 30, 2021
Makers and Mentors: The Art and Life of Snow Farm—The New England Craft Program
November 28, 2020 – July 4, 2021
Tamara Kositanovsky: Savage Legacy
March 13 – August 22, 2021
Michelle Samour: Mapping Borders and Boundaries
February 13 – September 19, 2021
Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage
July 3 – October 10, 2021
About Fuller Craft Museum
Fuller Craft Museum offers expansive opportunities to discover the world of contemporary craft. By exploring the leading edge of craft through exhibitions, collections, education, and public programs, we challenge perceptions and build appreciation of the material world. Our purpose is to inspire, stimulate, and enrich an ever-expanding community.
Fuller Craft Museum is located at 455 Oak Street in Brockton, Massachusetts. The Museum is open Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Please check the website for updates to our hours of admission. Admission for all guests is by donation only. (Suggested donation $12) For more information on Fuller Craft exhibitions and events please visit www.fullercraft.org or call 508.588.6000.
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