Friday, September 20, 2013

Variable Vessels comes to Coburn Art Gallery on Thursday September 26th.

The Coburn Gallery will open a new show on Thursday September 26.  Variable Vessels will feature a variety of ceramic works in stoneware, porcelain, terra cota and more.  The opening reception will be   @4:30 p.m.  Curator of the collection, Matt Schiemann will be giving a talk at 5:15 p.m.

Matthew Schiemann is a second-generation potter that grew up watching and helping his dad create ceramic works.  This early exposure taught Matt to appreciate the handmade object and eventually to choose the field of ceramics for himself.  He received his Bachelors of Arts in Sculpture and Ceramics from Ashland University in 2005 and his Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2009.

While in graduate school, Matt worked as Harris Deller’s personal assistant and as a Teaching Assistant for the wheel throwing and industrial design courses.  During this time, he began building his own body of work focused on functional pottery fired in atmospheric kilns.

After graduating from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Matt was accepted as an artist in residence at the St. Petersburg Clay Company.  Shortly after being accepted as A.I.R. Matt became an adjunct professor at Eckerd College for PEL program’s ceramics department.  In October of 2010, Matt became co-owner/director of the St. Petersburg Clay Company.

Featured ceramic artists include Adam Yungbluth FL, Amy Chase KY, KyoungHwa Oh CO, Yoshi Fujii MD, Nigel and Cheyenne Rudolph FL, Branan Mercer AL, Bethany Benson PA and Matthew Schiemann FL.

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