The use of clay as a fine art medium has deep roots in Northern California. Once considered a form of craft, it took the ingenuity, creativity, and vision of artists like Robert Arneson and Peter Voulkos to look beyond the medium's utilitarian properties to its expressive qualities. In the decades following, their successors—artists such as Stephen DeStaebler, David Gilhooly, Ron Nagle, and Richard Shaw—continues to stretch the creative boundaries of clay sculpture. Today, the use of the medium as a respected art worm continues to thrive.
Clay in the Bay speaks to this important legacy and to the vitality of the medium in the Bay Area. The exhibition brings together artists from around the region who are consistently utilizing clay as a form of self-expression. For some, it is the sole medium in which they work; for others the ceramic elects are part of a larger whole. Through the diverse practice and varied technique of these artists, clay is transformed int organic shape, architectural design, and narrative form. the works included in the show speak to the incredible versatility of the medium as it is molded, shaped, and otherwise manipulated.
Artists in this exhibition include Bean Finneran, Don Fritz, Francisco "Pancho" Jiménez, David Linger, Matthew Scheatzle, Monica Van den Dool, Jenni Ward, and Stan Welsh among others.