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Ceramic Biennial 2013

August 10, 2013 – September 29, 2013

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The American Museum of Ceramic Art is honored to present Ceramic Biennial 2013, a community exhibition and fundraiser featuring Southern California artists in association with the American Ceramic Society – Design Chapter. This year’s exhibition will feature guest artist Karen Sullivan and be judged by Patrick Crabb.

Ceramic Biennial 2013, is an every-other-year invitational and juried community exhibition/fundraiser organized by the American Ceramic Society-Design Chapter of Southern California in association with the museum. As AMOCA is located in Southern California, we feel that giving local artists an opportunity to exhibit is both a duty and a privilege. Ceramists in this area are loyal supporters and appreciators of the museum. Many volunteer for special events, teach classes, give tours, donate hand-made ceramics for benefit events, and more. The pieces chosen for this exhibit exemplify the best of what contemporary Southern California ceramics has to offer.

The ACS-DC is a non-profit organization of over 300 potters, sculptors, teachers, students and ceramic designers who seek to share and increase their knowledge and expand public awareness and appreciation of the many facets of clay. The Ceramic Biennial 2013 is open only to those artists who have recognized current memberships in a local ceramic group, club or guild. As a fundraiser, all works of art are for sale and will benefit AMOCA, the ACS-DC organization, and the artists.

This year’s guest artist is ceramicist Karen Sullivan, a recently retired ceramics instructor at the college level. She viewed her teaching career as her opportunity to share information with her students and described her approach to ceramic art as an exploration of a “diverse approach to the process of making objects to enrich my teaching skill.” Sullivan highly values the handmade and thinks of “the expression that comes from the hand as a powerful force of the human condition.”

Special guest judge, Patrick Crabb, is a ceramics professor at Santa Ana College. His work is deeply rooted in ancient artifacts and their historical cultural backgrounds, such as Chinese Bronzes, primitive African sculptures, Southwest American Indian art, and pre-Columbian ceremonial figurines. Crabb will present awards in the following categories: Best of Show, First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and Honorable Mention.