Tracing Situations Exhibition to Open at the Morean Center for Clay

01 Mar 2021, Posted by Morean Administrator in ART Matters, News, Press Releases

The Morean Center for Clay has a new exhibition up for the month of March, displaying the works of Shana Fliegel. Her work has an almost surrealist quality to it, and many of her pieces seem to point out the delicate balance between humanity and nature.

She etches her designs into the clay surface, using a dull pencil first and then a pin tool. “As an extension of the drawn line, I am attracted to anything I can push, press or squeeze into the surface of clay. Its ability to record impressions reveals a certain degree of honesty in the process.” Says Shana. She then uses a black wash to accentuate the lines, and has specific glaze colors, including ones she makes herself, to complete the works.

Shanna Fliegel grew up in northwest New Jersey. Only 50 minutes outside the city and a short hike from the Appalachian Trail, her early experiences shaped a love for both urban spaces and the natural environment. Leaving NJ to attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 1997 functioned as a significant catalyst into the field of ceramics. The beauty of the Shenandoah Valley permeated her perspectives and work. 

​After earning her BFA in Studio Art she accepted a year-long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, Virginia. Her experiences and relationships here strengthened Shanna’s background in wood-firing, native clays and surface. ​Shanna received her MFA in Studio Art from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 2009 and taught as Assistant Professor of Art at Montana State University, Billings from 2010-2014.  Currently, she lives in Byfield, Massachusetts where she teaches art and ceramics at the Governor’s Academy.

Tracing Situations exhibition will be on display from March 10th-March 31st with the opening on March 13th for Second Saturday. Hours for Second Saturday are 10am-8pm. The Morean Center for Clay normal business hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am-5pm, and the galleries are free and open to the public at those times.             

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