So many people I admire on this site, definitely worth checking it out.
2013 NCECA Biennial at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
We’re off to Houston, TX tomorrow for NCECA, the annual ceramics conference. I’m very excited to have a sculptural piece showing in the 2013 NCECA Biennial along with the artists pictured above. The opening reception is Thursday, March 21, 2013, 5:30-9pm at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. I’ll post some of my favorite pictures from the conference when I return. Can’t wait to soak up some of that Texas sun.
This month I am the Featured Artist at Lillstreet Gallery in Chicago.
You can view and purchase my work through their online store.
Since I am in-between studio spaces, without easy access to a kiln, this is the last batch of new pottery I will have available for a while.
Erica Iman received her BFA from University of Missouri Columbia and her MFA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She served 2 years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Mongolia before participating in the 2007 IWCAT ceramics program in Tokoname, Japan.
Chicago’s Lillstreet Art Center is now carrying my functional work.
You can purchase or view the work in their Online Gallery
Current Show: Baltimore Clayworks Winterfest 2012
I have picked up, moved, shaped,
and lightened myself of many tons of clay,
and those tons lifted, moved, and shaped me,
delivering me to this living-space
I wake and move about in,
space perhaps equal to that I have opened and enclosed
in plate, cup, bowl, jug, jar.
I am thankful no one ever
led me to the pit I’d help to make in Earth,
or showed me all the clay at once.
I’m grateful no one ever said, There.
That heap’s about a hundred fifty tons.
Go make yourself a life.
And oh, yes, here’s a drum of ink.
See what you can do with that.
I wouldn’t have known where to begin.
from, “Calling the Planet Home” by Jack Troy.
Schlafly Art Outside is here. Ashley Drissel, Phil Finder and I will be setting up our booth and wares this Friday at Schlafly Bottleworks in St. Louis. This art fair is about good beer, unique artwork, and listening to local music on a bale of straw.
Fri, Sept. 7, 5-10pm
Sat, Sept. 8, 10am-10pm
Sun, Sept. 9, noon-4pm
Sunday, July 29, 10-4
I will be showing and selling both sculptural and functional work as part of the Contemporary Art Museum City-Wide Open Studios this weekend. Since my studio set-up in St. Louis is still in the works, I will be showing with a group of other artists at the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) in The Loop across from the Pageant.
6128 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri
Many St. Louis artists will be opening their studios for the weekend and there are pre- and post-party events happening at the Contemporary Art Museum. Check the website for details, lists of artists, and a map.
“Bridges” was awarded second place at the San Angelo National Ceramic Competition juried by Garth Clark and Mark DelVecchio. I was also very excited to have the piece purchased by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the show. It was great night with the help of many friends and family. Here are some images if you couldn’t make it. Located in the Historic Lemp Brewery.
I am interested in creating objects that are obvious products of the raw geological materials and formative processes from which they are derived. By exploring forms that teeter on the familiar and reference natural phenomena, be it glacial ice or weathered rock, I am searching for a more visceral connection to the tactile world.
Often in simplicity and solitude there is clarity: in the case of my artwork, an opportunity to be absorbed by an object or see something of ourselves reflected in it. Exploring the essence of our physical existence, through both the rational and the emotional lenses, I feel more deeply and assuredly engaged in my effort toward finding something meaningful.
This thesis exhibition is an opportunity to show my sculptural work in the context of an emotionally charged space. The history of the Lemp Brewery, along with the 19th century brick and mortar construction, creates an emotional association within me. The structure is in a state of decay but kept marginally alive through the attention and effort of a few individuals. The raw state of the space, with exposed brick, peeling paint, collapsing ceilings, and yellowing windows demonstrates nature’s constant influence on the constructs of the man-made. I can feel and see this natural interplay, which is vital in my efforts to make sense of the world that surrounds me and find something at the root and essence of my existence.