IHOC: Frank's International House of Ceramics, Part Three

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Shoe at the Beach, 2011 Glazed Porcelain With Overglaze Decals 4 X 10 X 8.5 In. © Courtesy of the Artist and Frank Lloyd Gallery
IHOC: Frank's International House of Ceramics, Part Three

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Santa Monica, CA 90404
February 9th, 2013 - March 16th, 2013

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The Frank Lloyd Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the third chapter of its group show, Frank's International House of Ceramics. This show features the work of six artists, illustrating the diversity of styles that are possible within the medium of ceramics.

Frank's International House of Ceramics, Part Three opens with a jar by Svend Bayer. Born in Uganda to Danish parents, Bayer studied ceramics with Michael Cardew in North Cornwall before traveling through Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia, taking inspiration from the village potteries he encountered there. Because he wood-fires his work in the labor-intensive Anagama style, a natural ash glaze accumulates on the surface of his pieces.

We also present pieces by Japanese master ceramist Goro Suzuki, who works in many traditional Japanese styles. His aesthetic is characterized by a rustic simplicity, emphasizing the natural elegance of his forms and materials. Satoru Hoshino, another Japanese artist, allows the process of forming and glazing his sculptures to be his subject. His towering coils of clays are imprinted with the mark of his thumb and fore-finger, leaving a direct record of his engagement with the material.

Throughout his career, celebrated ceramic sculptor Peter Voulkos moved beyond the functional traditions of ceramics. Casting aside utility as well as ceramic conventions, Voulkos created works that were aggressively slashed and pierced.  His innovative artwork inspired ceramists worldwide to push beyond the traditional boundaries of the medium. Though American ceramist Richard DeVore remained faithful to the vessel form, he too has gone far beyond functionality. His pots may reveal a smooth hollowed bottom, a doubled interior floor, or even a thin, membranous shelf. The earth and flesh tones of his works evoke the tactility of human skin.

Richard Shaw maintains an eclectic practice that incorporates a stunningly diverse range of ceramic techniques. Best known for his trompe-l'oeil still-lifes, Shaw casts porcelain in molds, throws vessels on the wheel, hand builds ceramic objects and hand-paints and applies overglaze transfer decals to achieve a stunning level of realism. His work draws on American mass culture and often maintains a playful connection with international ceramic traditions.

Frank's International House of Ceramics, Part Three is the latest in a series of exhibitions that highlight Frank Lloyd Gallery's international roster of artists. The six artists exhibited represent a survey of the diversity of ceramic practices throughout the world.