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and Educator Lee Rexrode to Judge Exhibit
Clay Place @ Standard will host an exhibit of works by Pittsburgh area suburban high school students during the month of April. Edinboro University professor Lee Rexrode will serve as judge for the competitive exhibit. Professor Rexrode, who has been on the faculty at Edinboro since 1990 has taught workshops throughout the country at locations such as the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Baltimore Clayworks, El Camino College in Los Angeles, and at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. During the spring of 2001, he toured China, researching contemporary and historical ceramics, and lecturing at the Yixing International Symposium, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Shanghai. The research and experiences in China continue to influence his work.
An award-winning ceramicist whose expertise is in wheel-thrown pottery, Mr. Rexrode describes his work:
My work has evolved over the past 35 years of making pots. In the mid 1980’s, I made some pots with double rims. Over the years, these rims became exaggerated, creating the illusion of one form nesting inside another. I often use contrasting colors and textures to heighten the illusion of two forms within the same pot. These pieces are inspired by layering forms found in nature; things like blooming buds, sprouting seeds, and peeling tree bark.
I seek simplicity and clarity in my work. Rather than adding more, I tend to remove elements as I strive to achieve the purity and essence of an idea. I am interested in various ways of depicting contrast and a sense of the soft clay material. I often use porcelain for it’s durability, texture, and purity of color.
I have always found making pots to be a truly challenging and significant endeavor. Our hands play a vital role in our perception of pots and our fingers are extremely receptive to it’s surface, weight, and balance. I hope my work is appreciated on numerous levels and enriches people’s lives.
The Suburban High Schools Exhibit will open on Thursday, April 9 with an evening gathering at the Clay Place @ Standard gallery and will run throughout the month of April during regular business hours.