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April 2014

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Offers a Show of Ceramics

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present Ceramic Show, an exhibition of three internationally-known ceramic artists, on view from Apr. 4 - 26, 2014. A reception will be held on Apr. 4, from 6-9pm. Peter Callas of New Jersey, Warner Hyde of North Carolina, and Michael Weber will be on hand to discuss the work they have created for the show.

Peter Callas is one of America’s foremost expressionist sculptors working in clay. He utilizes the anagama kiln to produce large scale forms in the tradition of abstract expressionism. He is credited with bringing the first anagama and the technique of prolonged wood firing for aesthetic affects to America in 1976. About this time Callas also began working collaboratively with the preeminent American clay artist Peter Voulkos. For many years he fired Voulkos’s work in his New Jersey kiln and traveled extensively worldwide with Voulkos as his assistant.

Today Callas is considered to be one of America’s foremost authorities on the wood fire anagama kiln tradition. He has had numerous one-man shows and museum exhibitions worldwide. Callas has exhibited extensively in Korea, China, Japan, Europe, and Australia. His works are in museum collections in those countries as well as in Hungary, Brazil and numerous American museums.

Warner Hyde is a native of Spartanburg, SC, and is Associate Professor of Art at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Recently he was invited to be a member of YAKIMONO, an international group of 80 top tier ceramicists from all over the world, who make ceremonial grade wares for Chado, the Japanese tea ceremony. 

Hyde was selected to participate in “SteinFest,” an exhibition by six North American artists who were invited to make and exhibit modern interpretations of the stein. His work was exhibited in Durham, NC, and will also be exhibited in the Iris BierGarten at the North Carolina Museum of Art. He was commissioned by the US Navy to create a sculpture to commemorate all submariners involved in the Cold War. The sculpture has traveled to ports around the world.

Born in Eau Claire, WI, Mike Weber received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984. He studied ceramic sculpture at the Artigas Foundation, Gallifa, Spain, and has been teaching art for over fifteen years at Beloit College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and currently at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Weber has been a lecturer and visiting artist at the Kansai Gaidai University of Foreign Studies in Hirakata City, Japan, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Iowa.

Weber has traveled extensively and has studied ceramic art with Joanette Artigas in Spain, and Shiro Tsujimura in Japan. He is currently creating human size, polychrome ceramic sculpture and wood-fired ceramics. He has exhibited his work in New York, San Francisco, Barcelona, and Tokyo. Weber’s work is in collections in many countries. In addition to Charlotte his work is being exhibited in New York City, Milwaukee, and Moegi Gallery in Japan.

Elder Gallery’s exhibition opens on Apr. 4 with events that day and on Saturday, Apr. 5.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/370-6337 or visit (www.elderart.com).

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