Clay on display: Artists share ceramic creations

September 23, 2013 

An exhibition, “Ceramics: Reassessing Tradition,” featuring four artists – Peter Rose, Ron Philbeck, Daniel Johnston, and Bob Hasselle – runs through Nov. 3 in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

A reception will be 6 p.m. Oct. 17. It is free and open to the public.

Australian-born Rose earned his bachelor of education in history and art and his Australia Arts and Crafts Technical Certificate. He lives and works Knoxville, Tenn. He has led workshops in South Australia, Japan, Tennessee, Kenya, and England. His awards include best new artist, various clay awards and merit awards. His work can be found at www.peterroseceramics.com.

Philbeck is a full time studio potter living and working in Shelby, N.C. He worked with salt glazed stoneware from 1996-2008, when he switched to earthenware. His work has been featured at the American Craft Council as well as several national conferences and exhibitions, including NCECA. His current body of work draws inspiration from early childhood memories from his farm in Shelby as well as his current life in the countryside. His work can be found at ronphilbeckpottery.com.

Johnston of Seagrove, N.C., uses local clay that he digs on his own. His glaze is a combination of wood ash from his wood stove, a local red earthenware clay, and a local stoneware clay. The pots are fired in an 850 cubic foot wood fired kiln. His drive to use local materials wood kilns has taken Johnston to England and Thailand. Understanding these traditions make Johnston’s pots relevant in his culture. His work can be found at danieljohnstonpottery.com.

Hasselle is a sculptor and potter who has worked in the art field for more than 40 years. He has a master’s of fine arts in sculpture from Tulane University and a bachelor’s in art and philosophy from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. Hasselle, who lives in Charlotte, taught at Winthrop University. Throughout his career, Hasselle has had numerous awards. His work has been included in the permanent collections of several museums including The Huntington Museum of West Virginia, the Mobile Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the Tulane University Collection, the Ohio State University Collection, and the Cincinnati Art Museum. His work can be found at www.galleryc.net/robert-hasselle-bio.html.

Also showing at the same time of the opening reception is the Elementary Fall Art Show Sponsored by Elliott Close in the Lewandowski Classroom Gallery of the Center for the Arts.

For more information, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by email at arts@yorkcountyarts.org or visit www.yorkcountyarts.org.

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