Monday, January 9, 2012



Baltimore Clayworks Presents

Ceramic Sutra

WHEN: January 14 - February 26, 2012, with an opening reception on Saturday, January 14, from 6 to 8 PM.
Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., Baltimore
Hours are 10 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Saturday. For more information call Baltimore Clayworks at 410.578.1919 or visit their website,

ceramic_sutra2012Baltimore Clayworks is proud to present Ceramic Sutra, a book-themed exhibition of ceramic sculpture and installation juried by Novie Trump.

The books we read inspire us as artists, they infiltrate and infuse our world and the stories we tell. In art the concept of the book can serve as the object, the decorative motif and be used as the narrative foundation. Books can influence the aesthetics of a work,becoming the visual metaphor or stage for our own stories to unfold.

Artist books in the contemporary art world expand on the traditional notion of what makes a book a book. Is it the form: a spine with two covers holding pages within? Is it the presence of words, written on paper pages? Is it merely the conveyance of an idea? Artists are invited to interpret, redefine and/or challenge the definition of the book for this exhibition.

JURIED ARTISTS: Jessica Broad (GA), Andrew Reid Eastwood (PA), Amy Lenharth (KS), Andrew Meyer (MA), Scott McNabb (MD), Joni Maya Oye (PA) , Michael Poness (MD), Elizabeth Vorlicek (VA)

INVITED ARTISTS: Mary Cloonan (MD), Amy Franceschini-Erratum (CA), Bianka Groves (DC), Barbara Hashimoto (IL), Jeffery Harrity (DC), Elizabeth Kendall (VA), Laurel Lukaszewski (VA), Leigh Taylor Mickelson (NY), Gretchen Schermerhorn (MD), James Walker (VA), Paul Andrew Wandless (IL)

In the Solo Gallery: Allison Luce, The Serpent Tree, a sculptural installation exploring fragility and femininity and the concept of eternity. In the Community Arts Gallery: The Book and the Maker, ceramic books made by senior adults at the Zeta Center.

Baltimore Clayworks is a not-for-profit ceramic art center located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood in northwest Baltimore. Founded in 1980, Clayworks is housed in two reclaimed and renovated buildings located across the street from one another. This organization offers classes, artists' spaces, exhibitions, and programs throughout the community.