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Clay in fresh marks of form and surface At “Clutch” exhibit by Jen Rose at Morean Center for Clay

31 Oct 2019, Posted by Robin McGowan in Community, Events, Press Releases, Uncategorized

St. Petersburg, FL (November 9 thru 30, 2019) – The Middle Gallery, curated by Danny Dobrow, at the Morean Center for Clay will feature an installation of work created by Texas-based porcelain artist Jen Rose. An opening reception is scheduled from 5 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, November 9, as part of the St. Pete Arts Alliance Second Saturday Artwalk program in St. Petersburg.

Rose is inspired by nature and prefers working in repetitive forms. In her “Clutch” exhibit her collections of similar forms are inspired by animal or insect species. She self-describes as continually learning and exploring, changing her working medium or even where she lives when curiosity moves her. Her work has explored feminism, sexuality, and the boundaries of strategically planned craft form. Her work delivers conceptual depth and non-traditional approaches to craft media.

“My brain tingles when I see forms and images in endless quantities. If you were around in the early 1980’s, you might remember the ‘Generic aisle’ at the grocery store. For a short period of time, all generic items had black and white, text-only labels that created a wonderland of repetition. This unintended ‘art installation’ in my small town made a profound impression on my concepts of beauty and order,” Rose explains.

“I want my clay to push forward and leave fresh marks of form and surface. I want to see my work hanging from the ceiling and the walls, rejecting the table and pedestal altogether,” said Rose. “Most of all, I want to see my thoughts communicated to an audience through whichever medium I choose.”

Rose holds an MFA in Ceramics from the College of Visual Arts and Sciences at the University of North Texas, Denton and studied art while attending Angelo State University. The Morean Center for Clay is located at 420 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg.

Visitors who participate in the November 9 opening reception, may also take advantage of complimentary snacks, refreshments, and chair massages offered on a first-come, first-served basis. They can also support the Artists in Residence with a donation to enjoy adult lemonade in a cup made by one of the artists, cheer for their favorite potter in a wheel throwing challenge, and warm up while watching a Raku demonstration.

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