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Clay Mix is proud to present the invitational ceramic cup exhibition “Intimate Cups” by six artists, Christa Assad, Marian Baker, Mary Camin, Scott Jennings, Ellen Shankin, and Karin Solberg from November 5th through December 19th. The way a cup fits in your hands and how it feels when it touches your lips creates an intimate relationship between you and the cup. This strong relationship ultimately guides your choice for a “favorite” cup for morning coffee or late night hot cocoa or soothing tea. This exhibition showcases different styles of cups and mugs created by these six artists. The opening reception is at 5pm on Thursday, November 5th during ArtHop. Fresno artist, Mary Camin and Scott Jennings of Fullerton, CA will be at the opening reception to answer any questions.
Design and functionality are two key elements of cup making for many artists. There are many components that users are not consciously aware of that make better cups – the way the handles are attached, thinness of the rim, the cup’s size, weight and texture, etc. Christa Assad’s cups are functional, yet have very contemporary looks. Mary Camin’s influences are plants such as cactus and other succulents. Marian Baker uses colors and designs that are rooted in nature – ocean, beach stones, moss and sky. Layers of her glossy and matt glaze surface create depth and the illusion of clouds and sky. Scott Jennings’ work is very crisp and simple, yet there is a handmade quality in the work. Ellen Shankin is a studio potter in Floyd, Virginia. She states: “my aim is to make pots that sing of their nature in a total way – in rim, foot, surface and form…”. Karin Solberg uses salt fire techniques to achieve the surface and color she wants. By layering components together on the surface she creates designs that appear simple at first glance yet, on closer inspection, unfold into complex symbols.
Clay Mix is located at 1003 N. Abby Street, Fresno, CA. The gallery is open from Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Clay Mix is closed on Sundays and holidays. Call 559.485.0065 or visit www.clay-mix.com for more information.