Ceramics exhibit to open at the UNM-LA library

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“Sculptural Vessels”, an exhibition of ceramics by Sharon Brush, will open in the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Library on Sept. 19.

UNM-LA will host a reception from 1:15-2:15 p.m. during the university’s common hour, and the public is invited to attend.

Brush, who is currently a ceramics instructor at UNM-LA, participated in a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts from 1999-2000. Formerly a brick manufacturing factory, the facility has a huge beehive kiln, as well as a number of studios.

The residency program attracts many potters, and selection is highly competitive. Brush was accepted for a residency and also served as an instructor.

After her residency, Brush lived in Silver City before moving to Show Low, Arizona, where she served as the gallery director and was an instructor of Fine Arts at Northland Pioneer College.

The “Sculptural Vessels” exhibition will feature Brush’s mid-sized pieces, which are generally 25-inches to 27-inches tall.

Brush constructs her pieces using a combination of hand building techniques: slab, coil and pinch.

For the exteriors, Brush does not use traditional glazes, instead applying burnished slips (terra sigillata) to create a more matt surface.

“I usually like minimalistic color, subtle and simple,” said Brush, “in order to keep the emphasis on form.”

In her artist statement (sharonbrush.com), Brush said, “I have always been drawn to objects whose history is written upon their surface: The river rock worn smooth from centuries of tumult; the bleached, chewed bone found on the desert floor; the bare-bones landscape of the American southwest….The influence of such objects and landscapes seep into every piece I make.

“I approach the construction of each of my vessels as a sculpture – working to create rhythm, flow, reverberation and quiet within each one. Intrigued by contrasts, I move from slow, sweeping curves to staccato points and ridges; from enclosed space to open passage; from deeply textured surface to river-rock smoothness; from black to white. It is my hope that the finished piece will bring the viewer a sense of calm and quiet.”

Brush’s “Sculptural Vessels” exhibition will be on display in the UNM-LA Library for six weeks beginning Sept. 19. The Library is open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit losalamos.unm.edu/library/.

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