This show features two master ceramicists, STEVEN HEINEMANN and TOM PHARDEL. Both men make sculptural work focusing on the vessel.
Canadian ceramic artist STEVEN HEINEMANN lives and works near Cookstown, Ontario. He received his MFA from Alfred University, NY and his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, KS. He has taught at Sheridan College in Ontario and Ontario College of Art and Design. He lectures and teaches workshops extensively.
Michigan native TOM PHARDEL is Chair of the Ceramics Department at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, a position he has held since 1988. He received his BFA at Eastern Michigan University and his MFA at University of Michigan.
Heinemann slip casts his paper-thin vessels; and Phardel throws and hand builds his often double-walled pieces. The treat is in the detail and subtlety of the surfaces. Hidden flecks of gold at the bottom of Phardel’s work dazzle the eye. Heinemann utilizes the cracks in the texture to reveal delicate flowers across the soft pastel interiors