“Stories In Clay”
Can you believe that school has started or will be starting soon? For me, it seems as though we just celebrated Fourth of July. In Grand Haven, The Coast Guard Festival marks time for many residents as the end of summer. The days are still warm but nights are cooling off. We begin to think about new shoes for kids and school supplies. I sent my youngest off to college. My last one. Another rite of passage crossed.
We have an interesting ceramics exhibit in the gallery through September 15. Blair Clemo and Israel Davis are both professors at Grand Rapids Universities. Both gentlemen spend their days working in clay and instructing students. But, their approach to the same medium is very different.
Blair Clemo instructs wheel throwing at Grand Valley State University. Blair throws on the potter’s wheel, alters his work extensively using handmade stamps, firing in an electric kiln.
Israel Davis instructs at Kendall School of Art and Design. He focuses on images from dreams, his life, or the life of his family. He screen prints images onto his clay work and then fires in a wood kiln.
As always, we will be hosting an opening on the First Friday of September for these two artists. Please put Friday, September 6 on your calendar. Stop in between 6 and 9pm. Michael Drost, jazz guitar professor at Grand Valley will be performing on the same evening, 6 to 8pm.