BAYarts' annual May ceramics show
The Annual Advanced Ceramics Exhibition at BAYarts will take place this spring, starting on May 13 with an opening reception that night from 7-9 p.m.
The theme this year has been "The Potter's Kitchen" with students tackling the theme by creating sushi platters, cutting boards, cheese plate accessories, spoon rests and tons of bowls. Gallery coordinator Eileen Seifert-Stockdale has overseen the popular ceramics exhibitions for the past 10 years, and it has become one of the most popular times for the Sullivan Family Gallery. Seifert-Stockdale says the variety of artists and items is part of what makes this exhibition special.
"Pieces in our ceramics exhibitions are always artful and entirely utilitarian. Our advanced students create sturdy pieces of art that you can truly use in your kitchen, but are equally beautiful handmade pieces for display. I am always proud to help arrange these ambitious gallery exhibitions because our entire ceramics department is so lovely and talented."
The exhibition will have a shorter run-time than usual, concluding by May 25. Because of this, pieces that are purchased can be taken with the buyer in real-time, instead of waiting for the exhibition to conclude. It's an added perk, and works well for visitors.
"BAYarts has really honed onto a theme for the past year with the farm-to-table approach, which is why we did a 'Potter's Kitchen' theme for this exhibition," explains Seifert-Stockdale. "There's also the Farm + Art market, Down on the Farm girls camps, and brand new Dinners in the Dark with Pam Mills starting this summer. The entire BAYarts family has been excited to support this organic and fresh motif, and I think that will absolutely be evident in 'The Potter's Kitchen' ... even as visitors go to sit out on our porches and see the handmade tables and chairs that our staff has created for events."