Influenced & Evolved

MARCH 11 – APRIL 24, 2016
Main Gallery

Opening reception: Friday, March 11, 6 – 8 pm

Using functional pottery to explore the nature of ceramic education, Influenced & Evolved examines how an artist’s studio practice evolves over time, and how pottery reflects on the nature of influences such as ceramic history, the Internet, and the studio practice of each artist. The exhibition will contrast the practice of emerging potters with that of artists widely recognized as established leaders in the field, and will ask them to respond to questions such as: Where and how do influences come to you in the contemporary world? How have early experiences continued to feed your work today? How do materials and media influence your studio practice? How is your artwork related to history? What’s been pivotal in your development? What’s the subject of your practice now and why? The artists invited to participate in the exhibition represent a diverse range of experiences. Curated by Mark Pharis, Influenced & Evolved features the work of Mike Helke, Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish, Tom Jaszczak, Alix Knipe, Matthew Metz, Brooks Oliver, Liz Quackenbush, Tim Rowan, and Linda Sikora.

Influenced & Evolved Related Events

We were honored to have Tim Rowan for the opening reception and a public artist talk, that took place on Thursday, March 10, at 6 pm in NCC’s library. This event was free and open to the public.

Additionally, Linda Sikora presented a free workshop during the closing weekend of the show on Saturday, April 23 from 12 – 4 pm. 

View the Catalog

Related Resources:

Mike Helke’s website:

Tales of a Red Clay Rambler: an interview with Mike Helke and Steve Rolf on developing a successful model for selling pottery

Michael Hunt & Naomi Dalglish’s website:

Tales of a Red Clay Rambler: an interview with Bandana Pottery- Michael Hunt & Naomi Dalglish

Tom Jaszczak’s  website:

The Potters Cast: an interview with Tom Jaszczak

Alix Knipe’s website:

Matthew Metz’s webpage 

Craft in America: a video interview with Matthew Metz on his career as a potter

Brooks Oliver’s website:

NCECA: Fab Friday, Oliver’s demonstration in 3D printing

Liz Quackenbush’s website:

Linda Sikora’s website:

Ceramics Monthly: Sikora speaks to her aesthetics and studio practice

Tim Rowan’s website:

Ceramics Monthly: an essay by Rowan about his life as a studio potter