In August, Plinth Gallery welcomes ceramic artist Don Davis and his solo exhibition, “Transitions”. Don Davis’ clay work is rooted in traditional pottery vessel forms with influences of ancient cultures and the natural world evident as his most important inspirations. Don allows his work to take its own unique contemporary direction.
After working primarily in wheel-thrown porcelain for a number of years, Don Davis has transitioned to terracotta and hand-building. Terracotta is now his primary material of choice, perhaps due to time spent in Italy and a deepening interest in the ancient ceramic culture of the Mediterranean region. While much of Davis’ current work leans toward the sculptural, he still values and continues to make utilitarian pieces. Throwing small porcelain bowls inspired by the Song Dynasty is just as important to him as constructing large terracotta pieces inspired by ancient European architecture. Don states, “My ongoing dedication to clay work is due to an enduring love for the material and the processes of forming and firing it.”
Don, who completed his MFA at Rhode Island School of Design, was a studio artist for over twenty years before he began teaching full-time at East Tennessee State University in 1999. Don has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, and his work is included in permanent collections of the Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina; the International Museum of Ceramics in Alfred, New York, N.C. State University, and the Shirakawa Public Hall in Shirakawa, Japan. He was awarded an invitational artist’s residency in 2005 at Studio Art Centers International in Florence Italy. Don is the author of the book, “Wheel Thrown Ceramics” and his work appears in many other publications as well as a series of instructional videos.
Don Davis, who is just recently returning from Italy, joins us at Plinth Gallery on First Friday, August 3, for an artist reception from 6-9pm. On August 4th and 5th, Don will instruct a two-day hands-on workshop, demonstrating both wheel thrown and hand built forming methods. Cost is $200/person which includes all materials and lunch. Interested persons should contact the Gallery for more information.
“Transitions” will be on display through September 29th. For further information refer to the Gallery website www.plinthgallery.com or call (303) 295-0717. Plinth Gallery is located in the River North Art District (www.rivernorthart.com).
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Don Davis Exhibition in Denver
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