For the month of October, the Retail Gallery is featuring Ryan Greenheck. Ryan J. Greenheck received his Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. He also received, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2002. In the summer of 2004, he spent three months in the Peoples Republic of China as the visiting Artist at Shanghai University. Ryan currently is a practicing studio potter, Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, and an instructor at several art centers in the Philadelphia area.
About his work, Ryan says, "A structured composition is vital within the framework of my vessels. The rim and feet of my pots are strongly defined areas, while the space in between lends itself to broken down into parts. Sensitivity in the glazing process must be shown in order to preserve the essence of the piece. The glaze design is carefully orchestrated to retain my preliminary objective of conveying a satisfying form to the user."
To see more of Ryan Greenheck's work, click here.
For the month of September, the Retail Gallery is featuring woollymama fiber arts' Alison Cannon. Alison Cannon makes felted wool pillows using a combination of Japanese Shibori, applique, and layering techniques. Shapes and textures from nature inspire her designs, as well as the funky pop-art shapes of the '70s design she grew up with. About her work she says, "I love making beautiful, practical, interactive artworks for the home and workspace---where they can be enjoyed every day. After years of experimenting in many different art forms, I fell in love with felted wool. It's such a versatile medium---like a fabric that I can paint and sculpt with."
To see more of Alison Cannon's work, click here.
For the month of August, ceramic artist, Jeremy Randall, will be featured in the Retail Gallery. When talking about his work, Jeremy explains, "Familiarity evokes memory and I look to this association to present nostalgia through form. My reference to rural American architecture and antique rural implements places the viewer in a familiar setting which is layered with time, function and history while color creates celebration in these iconic objects....The colors used refer to milk painted surfaces, layered and stained by generations of use and the elements and steel tacks are placed in the clay surface to give a direct connection to ideas of construction and joinery. The vessels relate to buckets, tool caddies, toolboxes, connecting the ritual of use back to the everyday, creating a connection to the importance of our most simple actions."
To see more of Jeremy Randall's work, click here.
Randi Solin incorporates techniques found in both classic Venetian glassblowing and the American Art Glass movement, however, her unique style and coloration process is entirely her own. "I approach my work two-dimensionally," she explains, "like a painter to a canvas or a weaver using thread to create an intricate tapestry. My glass pieces are compositions, and, atypical to glass blowing in general, they have a 'front'. Generally my forms have an Asian influenced simplicity, which allows for my complex coloration process. I build layer upon layer of color using glass in all particle sizes- powder, cane, frit, and a rod-like painter's palette, to create original homogeneous coloration and truly one-of-a-kind work."
Justin Rothshank, a midwestern artist, is one of several New Age potters who have taken decalcomania into the 21st century. An encounter with Rothshank's clay works is an encounter with unexpected ingenuity. The assorted debris of the automotive garage--mufflers, oil cans, buckets--is reclaimed by the artist for a captivatingly eccentric series of vessels. Over the years, he has pushed the limits of this medium, trying any technique he could think of in search of fresh and interesting results.
"I am interested in how the passage of time can effect objects and people", says Justin. "The effects of time are obvious when one looks at a rusty car muffler, or a piece that has been wood fired for several days, or a vacant building that has a leaky roof. As a young emerging artist, I am aware that time is important. Experience, skill, knowledge, and relationships take time to cultivate. My work reflects the importance of time, but also the influence of where I have been."
SAC Retail Gallery
The retail gallery is located on the first floor of SAC at 175 Newbury Street (between Dartmouth St. and Exeter St.) in the historic Back Bay neighborhood and gallery district of Boston. The retail gallery represents over 300 artists from across the United States. All work is selected by the SAC retail jury and profits directly support the artists and SAC programming.
Monday: by appointment only
For more information on our Retail Gallery, please contact:
George Summers Jr.
SAC Retail Gallery Manager
The Society of Arts and Crafts
175 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-266-1810 ext. 11