Opened May 9, 2009
MudFire Gallery welcomes two fantastically-talented ceramicists from the Durham/Chapel Hill area for a deep look into their latest work. Gillian Parke and Ronan Peterson studied chemistry and anthropology respectively, then veered quickly into the world of studio pottery with graduate studies and residencies. They share an almost obsessive interest in building texture and layers of surface treatment to convey content on vessel forms. However, the two use different materials, firing processes, and decorative techniques to achieve their ends. The Parke-Peterson exhibit promises to take viewers on a fascinating journey, with exceptional depth in which to explore context, innovative technical achievements, and an intriguing pair of aesthetics.
The artist reception and exhibit opening will be held just in time for Mother's Day gift shopping on Saturday, May 9, from 5-9 pm. The exhibit and sale will be on display through May 30, 2009.
Images of individual works for this past exhibit are available in the video below.
More About Parke-Peterson
ABOUT GILLIAN PARKE
Gillian recently received a 2008 Emerging Artist Award from Ceramics Monthly, and was further selected as the cover artist for her associated profile article. Her work is a study in contrasts, combining the purity of fine porcelain with Shigaraki style feldspar inclusions, stock decals, metallic lusters, and visceral surface treatments. By managing the interaction of these conflicting elements carefully, she unconventionally achieves ceramic surfaces that warrant careful study and ongoing reflection.
ABOUT RONAN PETERSON
Ronan is also a Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist Award recipient, dating to 2004. He maintains a busy schedule teaching and exhibiting in juried and invitational shows nationwide. He is interested in natural cycles of growth and decay, and strives to present an intensity of tactile and visual stimulation that rivals a lush mountain forest. His earthenware pottery also reflects a love of comic books, and can be viewed as a comic book interpretation of natural phenomena replete with bold color and vivid fantasy.