Work by Rebecca Chappell, Naomi Cleary, Ryan J. Greenheck, Jennifer D. Martin, and Melissa Mytty
November 8, 2011 - May 28, 2012
Contemporary artists who work with ceramic often choose to create vessels, basically a three-dimensional form able to hold contents such as water or food. The vessel form has been part of the ceramic continuum since archaeologists discovered the earliest known clay shards remnants of a vessel believed to be 18,000 years old. From early to modern civilizations, ceramic vessels have enhanced human existence as utilitarian objects and as forms of artistic expression. Today, artists continue to explore its creative potential. Some make ceramic vessels that are functional such as a vase, jar, cup or bowl, while others emphasize vessel-like qualities focusing more on the overall form and conceptual nature of the work. This exhibition features ceramic vessels by five Philadelphia area artists: Rebecca Chappell, Naomi Cleary, Ryan J. Greenheck, Jennifer D. Martin, and Melissa Mytty. Each has developed his or her unique approach to the historical vessel form.