Ideas of Earth/Energy

Emerging artists experiment with materials and metaphors at national Ceramics conference

Artists use materials & metaphors at Ceramics conference

Off in a brightly-lit corner of the George R. Brown Convention Center, a handful of ceramic artists are getting their hands dirty for site-specific projects that revolve around the idea of "Earth/Energy."

This is the fourth annual incarnation of the Projects Space at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts' 2013 conference, which contemporary artists use as a platform for experimentation with materials and metaphors. 

From a number of submissions, jurors selected five divergent projects: A linear piece by ceramic artist Jess Riva Cooper; A Walk in the Park, an immersive and interactive work by Texas Women's University students Anastasia Gabriel and Elizabeth Head-Fischer; Justin Schortgen's pulsating light display, LifecyclesOnce We Lived Here, Jessica Kreutter's portrait of stagnation; and Colonization, a sprawling construction by artist, David Katz.

Watch the CultureMap video above for more details on each artist's proposal and process, and go check out the project space — and the rest of NCECA's free programming — before the conference closes on Saturday. 

NCECA conference, ceramics, March 2013
Photo by Joel Luks
NCECA conference, ceramics, March 2013
Photo by Joel Luks
NCECA conference, ceramics, March 2013
Photo by Joel Luks
NCECA conference, ceramics, March 2013
Photo by Joel Luks
NCECA conference, ceramics, March 2013
Photo by Joel Luks
NCECA conference, ceramics, March 2013
NCECA conference, ceramics, March 2013
NCECA conference, ceramics, March 2013
NCECA conference, ceramics, March 2013
NCECA conference, ceramics, March 2013