Ceramics Gallery Write-up

Core Sample – Additional Findings” – Alfred Ceramic Art Museum


“Core Sample – Additional Findings” an exhibit at Alfred Ceramic Art Museum on display from April 6th through July 16th. The art displayed was created for 5 different sections; Faculty, Modern and Contemporary, Ancestors, Industrial, and MFA. The work shown in this gallery are “samples of the artwork that constitutes the fundamental ground on which the museum is built.” Each piece shows/represents a different part of the history of ceramic art.

There were two sections that I was drawn towards while looking at all the pieces. The ancestors and the MFA section. The ancestor section was full of work that gave context to the other work displayed. These pieces display the passions of people working with clay and fire and presented some very unique pieces. One in particular caught my eye, “Scape IV” by Lee Somers. And the MFA section was work from graduating Master of Fine Arts students. It shows how ceramics has changed from the 20th to the 21st century, which was shown by all the pieces in the museum as well. The one piece that stood out to me in that section was “sculpture” by Marcus A. Acevedo.

Now, what stood out to me about “Scape IV” is the brilliant use of color throughout the entire piece. There is a lot going on in the entire piece and a really saturated red-ish brown dominates the piece. He then uses white and bright colors to break it up. I think color is very important to understand how to use when one is branding themselves or creating a website, or anything art related. Too often people just throw in a bunch of over saturated colors and don’t really consider the feel of the piece because of it. This piece is a very calm piece with little portions of energetic colors and textures. It is important to use color to your advantage to brand yourself. Figure out if you want to be calm, energetic, more intense, or laid back. It’s a key step in how you get people to perceive you.

Then, what caught my eye in “sculpture” is the use of scale. This piece manages to break your perception of reality with the change in scale of the whole piece. You have a man climbing a ladder pointing at a giant head which appears to be blowing the sail of the much smaller boat. You understand each piece is connected, and give hierarchy to the big head, even with it only being the head. So the key part of this piece to apply to GMD is the use of hierarchy. Often times hierarchy can be a bit of a challenge in GMD as poster design, website design, basically anything we do must have hierarchy to make sense. One of the key ways to do this is with size. Making objects bigger gives them higher hierarchy, and also so does color. So this piece gives the big head hierarchy with size, and the man on the ladder and the boaters hierarchy with color. It is vital to pay attention to how you create hierarchy and what you are creating it for.

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