Emerging Ceramic Artists of Texas
On display at the Dishman Art Gallery located in Lamar University Beaumont Texas is a select group of student and faculty work in ceramics from several schools. There are some interesting pieces, a lot of slab built pieces, a few thrown pieces and some that appear to be cast. Besides local faculty member Linnis Blanton whose work is always serene and beautiful displaying his confidence and contentment, there were several other pieces that caught my eye.
These two pieces were on the second floor of the gallery. One was by Hans Walter Molzberger of Houston Baptist University. It consisted of twelve tiles set four across by three deep each about 7 inches square__I did not take my tape measure in with me. On each tile was screenprinted a black and white photo Hwy 59 exit in Houston. Each was a little bit different, a different angle, a different crop–but most intriguing–as to how he made it. Another set of tiles in the main gallery had bas relief insects—maybe ants–sorry as a Zoology major I should know–one on each tile–and there were a lot of tiles–not so interesting for me.
The last piece was a teapot by Tessa Wolford of Houston Community College. It was entitled Corteza de Arbol and featured a tree trunk as the handle and a bluebird as the knob on top of the cover. The teapot had a perforated strainer in the spout so it would be functional. It may seem s bit kitsch but I really like teapots and this one was unique.
A lot of the pieces were labeled ‘untitled’, others had mystifying titles.
I did not take photos of the exhibit–just did not think to bring my camera. Next time—-