JANUARY 14 – FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Emily Galusha Gallery
Northern Clay Center presented an exhibition featuring the work of 2009 Fogelberg Studio Fellowship recipients Kip O’Krongly and David Swenson, and 2010 Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation Award recipient Kristin Pavelka.
The Fogelberg Studio Fellowship Program provides emerging ceramic artists with an opportunity to be in residence for up to one year at Northern Clay Center, and is intended to support young artists to develop their clay work while immersing themselves in a community environment that encourages an exchange of ideas and knowledge with other ceramic artists.
Kip O’Krongly / Fogelberg Studio Fellowship
“I draw on the broad use of functional ceramics to spark conversation and encourage thoughtful awareness of the objects and issues we encounter in everyday life. With low-fire clay, slips, stencils and sgraffito decoration as my visual framework, I explore my interest in the intertwining and complicated connections between food production, transportation and energy use.”
David Swenson / Fogelberg Studio Fellowship
“I produce parts and construct assemblages by incorporating various processes to achieve sculptural forms that allude to function. Movement and gesture through form allow the work to remain flexible, while keeping play at the heart of my making. Careful engineering entertains notions of elevation and suspension to train a material that would otherwise be less apt to maintain itself. Evidence of the making attests to the importance of process as well as using that detail as ornament.”
The Red Wing Award is made possible by the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation. The 2010 award was made to Kristin Pavelka.
“I think about many things when creating my candy-like coated functional earthenware pots. Forms are inspired by Midwestern architecture and the body, classical pots and contemporary containers ranging from 1950s kitsch to modern day fast food containers.” Pavelka’s glaze palette is greatly influenced by Martha Stewart, candy and mid-20th century design. Her everyday environment serves as inspiration to her patterned décor.”
Kip O’Krongly’s website: www.kipokrongly.com
Kristin Pavelka’s website: www.pavelkapottery.com