2016-17 Ceramics Department Newsletter
Visiting Artists and Designers
Anthony Byrt This Model World
The workshops and visiting artist program supported by each department allow students to hear from a variety of voices in the world of art and design, and often establish connections that extend well beyond the two years of graduate study.
This fall, we welcomed London-based artist Nao Matsunaga, known for using ceramic, wood and paper to express various aspects of his subconscious. He met with students for individual critiques and led group conversations.
Linda Sorman, Associate Professor of Ceramics at New York State College at Alfred University, visited in November to discuss her current projects and meet individually with students.
Anthony Byrt, art critic and former Critical Studies Fellow at the Academy, visited students to talk about his new book, This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art. Based in large part on the contemporary art scene in his native New Zealand, it also features commentary on his time spent in Detroit while at Cranbrook.
British Nigerian ceramicist Lawson Oyekan also visited the department this semester, and spoke about his work and practice. Oyekan is best known for his “Healing Being” piece, which was the winner of the inaugural Grand Prix Award for the first World Ceramic Biennale in Korea in 2001.
Current Student Exhibitions and Projects
Our current students also participated in YOU CAN GO WITH THIS OR YOU CAN GO WITH THAT, a one-night exhibition at Mana Contemporary featuring emerging ceramic artists currently enrolled in MFA programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Cranbrook Academy of Art.
This summer, Drew Ippoliti (Ceramics ’09), current student Wade Tullier (Ceramics ’17), and Alia Pialtos, opened the exhibition Connections at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Hayden Richer (Ceramics ’18) participated in the exhibition Big Sculpture @ The Factory at the 333 Midland Invitational. The event brings together more than 200 individual works and installations by more than 50 artists.
Alumni Projects and Exhibitions
Addie Langford at Simone DeSousa
Jae Yong Kim Buy, Sell, Hold the Donuts 2016
Art 21 recently featured the work of
Devin Farrand and Ariel Herwitz (both Ceramics ’11 students who met at the Academy). They recently made the decision to focus on their studio practice full time. Farrand opened a solo exhibition at Ibid Gallery and Herwitz opened a solo show Ochi Gallery – both in Los Angeles where the duo is now based. Ferrand also recently opened a show at BBQLA.
Addie Langford (Ceramics ’06) had a solo exhibition at Simone DeSousa Gallery this fall.
Eric Ehrnschwender (Ceramics ’16) was recently hired as an assistant for Arlene Schechet.
Chris Mayse (Ceramics ’13) was part of the recent group show Vitrified, curated by Tom Phardel, at Pewabic Pottery.
Ebitenyefa Baralaye (Ceramics ’16) was recently awarded a 2016-17 Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute by the American Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).
Jae Yong Kim (Ceramics ’01) recently hosted the solo exhibition Pop Goes the Donut at the Lyons Wier Gallery. Read the cFile review here.
Joshua Clark (Ceramics ’15) was also recently featured in cFile in a series of stories about recent graduates in the field of contemporary ceramics.
The vision of the project, conceived by Academy alumni Abigail Murray (Ceramics ’05) and Kate Daughdrill (Print Media ’11), along with design collaborative Archolab, is to repurpose the concrete foundation of a derelict house to build a sunken greenhouse that stays warm through solar heat gain and the insulation of the earth to grow subtropical crops. Follow the project on Facebook.
Ceramics in Indonesia
Last semester, the group traveled to Indonesia, where they studied both the local art and culture. They learned how to batik, and visited the remote Gili Islands in Yogyakarta.
Anders Ruhwald in Volume Gallery’s booth at Design Miami
(Photo: Spencer Bailey for Surface magazine)
Ruhwald also had a special installation at the inaugural exhibition War Games, held at the Moran Bondaroff gallery, a new space inside an abandoned Detroit church.
And during Milan Design Week this year, Copenhagen Ceramics – in close collaboration with Galleria Salvatore Lanteri – presented work by Denmark’s foremost ceramic artists, including Ruhwald. The exhibition aimed to highlight current developments on the contemporary scene of ceramic art and to show how, in the age of the digital and dematerialization, clay continues to inspire, to reinvent itself, and to push artists towards new experimentations.
Ruhwald also presented new work with Volume Gallery at Design Miami last month. Read a review in Surface magazine, and Sight Unseen called one of Ruhwald’s pieces, “One of the 40 Best New Works You’ll See at Design Miami This Week.”