Collection: NIAD Annex Exhibition // Whales and Pencil Holders, organized by Emma Spertus

On view September 2 through 23

A tall, slim ceramic piece glazed in bright colors.

About the Exhibition

When Peter Harris is asked which of his ceramic pieces is his favorite, he says with conviction, “I love all of them.” This show is a celebration of “all of them.” The title is drawn from Michael Starofsky’s beautiful series of whale sculptures and pencil holders. Several of these artists are new to working in ceramics, and they are already establishing new forms and vibrant styles. Meanwhile, experienced NIAD ceramicists showcase their newest sculptures and functional ware. Whales and Pencil Holders presents this broad spectrum of subjects and inspiration—enjoy them all.

About Emma Spertus

Emma Spertus (she/her) lives in Berkeley, works in Richmond, and has a studio in Oakland. Her sculptures and architectural interventions are inspired by her varied encounters in the Bay Area. She is interested in highlighting the humor and visual intrigue of banal subjects, from business parks to technology lingo. Spertus is an occasional curator and art event instigator. She enjoys supporting NIAD artists in being curators too.

Virtual Artist Talk + Curator Walkthrough // Friday September 9, 1 to 2pm via zoom

Opening Reception + Ceramics Workshop + Ceramics Sale // Saturday September 10, 1 to 4pm

The NIAD community gathers to celebrate artists in the September exhibition with refreshments, music, ceramics for sale, and a ceramics workshop for participants of all skill levels led by NIAD ceramics facilitators Emma Spertus and Steen Kjorlie in the NIAD ceramics studio:

"Try your own hand at making ceramic whales or pencil holders. Short technical demonstrations will be available to those who would like them. We will have clay and underglaze available, so you can make and decorate your piece in one sitting. You will be able to pick up the fired work at the next month’s gallery reception. No experience necessary."

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