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From the clay we were born\, into clay we return afterwards\ ; from this we discover the assertion that the first man was made of clay a nd that all others were hence born in fire. Clay transformed into art is a process as ancient as art itself\, always touching our ancestral strings.\n

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The products of the wood firing kiln are always unp redictable to some degree\, a newborn child. Peter Callas\, consider ed to be one of America's premier masters of anagama\, represents this crea tive volatility perfectly. His creatures combine high expressionism with na turally made texture. We are led to the desire to touch raw surfaces in ord er to penetrate their deeper messages.

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The innovative clay figures by Chrissy Callas emerge from the same kiln within which Peter's pie ces came to life. In all possibility they may have originally occupied rece sses inside of Peter's larger sculptures\, thus embracing an entirely diffe rent view of the world\, depicting new philosophical as well as humorous me anings.

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Wendy Holcomb uses a two-stage firing process which allows her to produce minute details in her surrealistic human-like creatur es\, and her week-long high firings produce unpredictably mysterious color\ , texture\, and the magical transformations made possible by this ancient p rocess.

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Susan Puleo’s masks and faces have never been touche d fire. Having being dried by air\, they breathe and change over time like living entities. The nature of the material shows itself: cracks\, spots\, the elements which in combination with elegant drawing and sculpting makes her works real masterpieces.

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Birth of Shape\, is one of four different groups of exhibitions developed for the conference\, titled From the Community (the other groups being NCECA exhibitions\, The Clay Studio exhibitions\, and Concurrent Independent Exhibitions.) From the Community i s a group of exhibitions developed in support of the 44th NCECA Conference by individual artists\, groups of artists\, commercial galleries\, non-prof it and alternative spaces\, colleges and universities.  The exhibitions cel ebrate the work of professionals\, aspiring professionals\, and students.\n


DTEND:20100425 DTSTAMP:20140417T050844 DTSTART:20100330 GEO:39.9531138;-75.1429778 LOCATION:Dalet Gallery\,141 North 2nd Street \nPhiladelphia\, PA 19106 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Birth of Shape\, Chrissy Callas\, Peter Callas\, Wendy Holcomb\, Su san Puleo UID:102846 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR