Stone Container: Post-Industrial Ceramics
at the Clay Studio of Missoula
On exhibit May 6-27, 2011

Curator's Statement

Today’s economic environment has everyone thinking about consumption and the use of natural resources. This hit home to many of us in Missoula with the closing of Smurfit-Stone Container Mill last year. Becoming Missoula’s microcosm of industrial decline in America, and an icon of the effects of national recession, the now-abandoned site has kept the relics of industry taking the form of environmental detritus through hulking industrial structures. As reminders of both consumption of natural resources and expendable corporate finances, the now empty buildings echo of their past human inhabitants. The passage of time is apparent in these structures through wear and degradation. The artists I have chosen for Stone Container: Post-Industrial Ceramics approach these concepts in a variety of different ways. They speak to both the personal and universal through narrative forms and imagery. Their forms of “what remains” convey a powerful aesthetic.

The history of ceramics and vessel making provides a powerful metaphor when speaking of consumption. The interplay of utilitarian objects used for eating as they contrast with a conceptual vehicle for expression gives us plenty of space to ponder these “Stone Containers.”

Danny Crump
May 2011


Dan Anderson

Bucket
wood fired stoneware
9 x 12.5 x 10"
2010

 

 

Dan Anderson

Jar with Piercings
wood fired stoneware
12 x 11 x 10"
2010


Dan Anderson

Water Jar
wood fired stoneware
12 x 12 x 12"
2011


Danny Crump

Nest
wood fired stoneware
28 x 22 x 11"
2011

 




Susan Harris

Phyrnosoma Reliquary
iron-bearing stoneware, glazed interior, unglazed exterior, stained; reduction cooled gas fired
11.25"h x 8.5"d.
2010

 

Susan Harris

Orthoptera Fu
iron-bearing stoneware, glazed interior, unglazed exterior, stained: reduction cooled gas fired
7.75"h. x 9.5"w x 4.25"d.
2011

 

 


Susan Harris

Pipeline Footed Jar
iron-bearing stoneware, stains, unglazed; reduction cooled gas fired
17.5"h. x 9.5"w. x 8.5"d.
2011



Jill Lawley

Blackish Stack
wood fired stoneware
18 x 9 x 9"
2008


Jill Lawley

Green Striped Pourer
red stoneware
5.25 x 3.75 x 1.5”
2010

 



Jill Lawley

Pourer
red stoneware
5 x 3.5 x 3.5”
2010

 



Jill Lawley

Vent
wood fired stoneware
17 x 4 x 6.5 ”
2009

 



Ted Neal

Consumer Teaset
wood fired stoneware
9 x 11 x 7”
2011

 



Ted Neal

Refinery Jars
wood fired stoneware, steel
4 x 6 x 6” (each)
2011

 


Ted Neal

Silo
wood fired stoneware
10 x 6 x 6"
2011

 




Ted Neal

Industrial Teaset: Teapot
wood fired stoneware, steel
teapot: 9 x 7 x 6"
2011

 



Ted Neal

Industrial Teaset: Cups
wood fired stoneware
cups: 4.5 x 3 x 3"
2011


David Peters

Crucible
wood fired local clay
15 x 18 x 18"
2011




David Peters

Bowl
wood fired local clay
5 x 12.5 x 12.5"
2011

 



David Peters

Vase
wood fired local clay
11 x 5.5 x 5.5"
2011

 



David Peters

Small Crucible
wood fired local clay
3 x 3 x 3.25"
2011



Russell Wrankle

Firm and Flaccid
earthenware
19.5 x 12 x 4.5"
2011

 

Russell Wrankle

Hard and Soft
earthenware
13 x 8 x 6"
2011

 

Russell Wrankle

The Constant Tug of Gravity
earthenware
15 x 3.5 x 4.5"
2011

 



 

 



 

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