|Sure things are objects that have assured outcomes; a certainty. Nothing could be done to improve upon them. That sense of certainty holds true for every piece in this exhibition. All of the artists have mastered the art of creating with clay. The common denominator for this curator is my familiarity with the artists and their stellar creations. Each and every one of the artists are friends of mine - many I have known for several decades. Within this group of artists you will find younger, emerging artists (Horie and Snipes), mid-career artists (Arbuckle, Balistreri, Christianson, Galloway and Takamori) and artists who have reached the pinnacle of our field (Archambeau, Boyden, Meyers, Reitz and Weiser). The vessel or pottery aesthetic dominates this show. This is not happenstance or an accident. Instead, it is due to my passion for and knowledge of the contemporary ceramic vessel. Even those pieces in this show which are more sculptural, still allude to containment and the interior volume associated with pottery. I am thrilled to showcase this grouping of contemporary ceramic objects at the Duane Reed Gallery. St. Louis has a long, rich history of promoting and collecting ceramics. There have been many galleries that have shown clay in their stable of artists over the past thirty years. Notable galleries in our region are: Craft Alliance Gallery, PRO ART Gallery, Okun/Thomas Gallery, Greenberg Gallery, Xen Gallery and the Duane Reed Gallery. It is my hope that this exhibition will stand as a prime example of the stirring and thought-provoking work being made by ceramics artists today.
Dan Anderson, curator