Feature Articles

October 2013

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Pat Scull

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, is presenting Entomology, featuring works by Pat Scull, on view in the Upfront Gallery, from Oct. 4 - 26, 2013, A reception will be held on Oct. 4, from 6-10pm.

Pat Scull’s new series of ceramic wall pieces originated from visits to the Insect Museum in the Entomology Department of NC State University. She was able to observe drawers upon drawers of collected specimens under a microscope, and these ceramic pieces are the results of those observations. Scull focused on texture, juxtaposed fragile next to solid forms, and integrated shapes and forms of what she saw. She also introduced something man-made, such as a sharp tool, metal that might trap, or something that might poke or sting. She used underglazed stoneware and glazed to cone 6 oxidation and then later added objects to each piece.

Scull has been a working artist in the Raleigh area since 1990. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with a BFA in painting and explored many artistic processes until finally centering her work around sculpture and ceramics. Her work combines stoneware (underglazed and glazed to cone 6 oxidation) with found recycled objects. Using wheel-thrown and hand building skills, she glazes and fires the ceramic body and then attaches the object(s) to complete the work.

Scull has spent much time developing her own glazes. In order to create a more dynamic palette, she uses a computer software program to work with glazes on an oxide level. Scull has shown her work throughout the US with a concentration on the East Coast. Her most recent shows were the Crafts New York fair in Manhattan, NY, and the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC. Her work can be found locally at the Lee Hansley Gallery and at Artspace.

Artspace is a nonprofit visual art center dedicated to providing arts education and community outreach programs, creating an environment of more than 115 professional artists and presenting nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Located in downtown Raleigh in the historic Sanders Ford building, Artspace has been providing the community with the opportunity to interact with working artists and to participate in hands-on arts education since 1986.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call Artspace at 919/821-2787 or visit (www.artspacenc.org).

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