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How would you contain a container? And why?

Last year, artists from across the country submitted work that attempted to answer these questions; fourteen were chosen by juror Garth Clark to participate in the 2014 National Juried Show at Creative Arts Workshop (CAW), titled Box Pot: The Contained Container. A leading figure in ceramics, Clark is a scholar, art dealer, founder of the Ceramic Arts Foundation and the current Editor-In-Chief of CFile, the "global knowledge center for contemporary ceramics and clay in art, design, architecture and technology."

From this select group, two winners were chosen: Thomas Edwards (Lincoln, NE) and Del Harrow (Fort Collins, CO). In addition, two pieces were given honorable mentions: framed porcelain plates by Jeremy Brooks (Carbondale, IL), and a collaborative interactive set of containers by Sarah Fagan and Daniel Granias (Portland, OR). These five artists were invited to participate in the current Prizewinners Show, on display in CAW’s Hilles Gallery from March 13 through April 4. An opening reception and artist talk with Thomas Edwards will be held Friday, March 13 from 5 – 7pm. The public is invited to attend.

Thomas Edwards will exhibit new work created during a residency program at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Edwards’ "fossil-like" sculptures are an investigation and critique of modern behavior, often comprised of concrete or cement that is used to hold pieces of pottery trapped in a state of preservation.

Jeremy Brooks will show a new series of porcelain plates, titled I Can Feel the Distance, decorated with a ceramic decal collage featuring two figures in a pastoral landscape. Acrylic paintings from her Organize series will be on display by Sarah Fagan, as well as ceramic sculptures that reference our origins as physical beings, by Daniel Granias.

Concurrent with the Prizewinners Show, the Creative Works Gallery will feature an exhibition of paintings by New Haven-based architect, Barry Svigals. Strati di Memoria, Layers of Memory, represents an exploration into the multiple impressions of Piazza della Repubblica, the central piazza in Cortona, Italy.




2014: Hillary Charnas and Rebecca Murtaugh, Prizewinners of the 2013 National Exhibition How Simple Can You Get?, with juror Robert Storr

2013: Chad Erpelding and Megan Moore, Prizewinners of the 2012 National Exhibition Boundless, with juror Anne Coffin

2012: Van Chu, Prizewinner of the 2011 National Exhibition Seeing Seeing, with juror Felice Frankel

2011: Peggy Johnston and Erika Mahr, Prizewinners of the 2010 International Exhibition Inventive Structures, with juror Hedi Kyle

2010: Jennifer Kaufman, Prizewinner of the 2009 National Exhibition Sky's the Limit, with juror Janet Echelman

2009: Helen Byler and Carrie Mae Smith, Prizewinners of the 2008 National Exhibition Painting as Presence, with juror William Bailey

2008: Nicholas Kripal, Judit Varga, and Nicholas Wood, Prizewinners of the 2007 National Exhibition Ceramic Abstraction: Exploration and Evidence, with juror Paula Winokur


March 13 - April 4, 2015

An exhibition of new work from the prizewinners of Box Pot: The Contained Container, a National Exhibition with juror Garth Clark.

Opening Reception Friday, March 13, 5 to 7 pm



Jeremy Brooks received his BFA in Art and Design from Grand Valley State University, and his MFA in Ceramic Art from Alfred University. Brooks participated in the resident artist program at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA before beginning his teaching career. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. The artist continues to maintain an active studio practice and has exhibited his work in over 100 exhibitions.

Thomas Lowell Edwards received his MFA from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2014 and his BFA in ceramics from the Appalachian Center for Craft in 2008. Originally from Brigham City, UT, he was an apprentice to professor emeritus Thanos A. Johnson in Marble, CO. Edwards completed a residency in Jingdezhen, China as a Windgate Fellow and received the Baden-Württemberg Stipend for Vocationally Qualified People to participate in an internship program in Germany. Edwards’ work has been included in exhibitions across the country; Ceramics Monthly selected Edwards as a 2014 Emerging Artist. He maintains a studio in Lincoln, NEwhere he lives with his wife and son.

Sarah Fagan received a BA in Fine Arts and English Literature from Stonehill College in Easton, MA. She relocated to Portland, OR in 2009 where she began concentrating on her own art making. Fagan completed a certificate program at the Oregon College of Art and Craft where she studied bookbinding and painting. Sarah currently resides in Portland and teaches at the Multnomah Arts Center. She is represented in Portland by Blackfish Gallery and in Astoria, OR by Riversea Gallery.

Daniel Granias is a ceramics artist, craftsman, and teacher in Portland, OR. He received his BFA in ceramics and his teaching license in K-12 art education from the University of Iowa in 2009. He also holds a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Ceramics from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. His teaching experience includes a juvenile detention center in Iowa, a private academy in New York, and a hayloft in Vermont. As an artist and educator Daniel hopes to continue sharing the ceramic experience with members of all demographics and backgrounds.

Barry Svigals is an artist and architect who has worked in New Haven for more than 40 years. A graduate of Yale College and Yale School of Architecture, he has pursued two paths in both art and architecture throughout his schooling, attending the Ecole National Superiere des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1980. His firm, Svigals + Partners is known for its inclusion of art in their projects. Their latest work, a residential project in New Haven, College & Crown, will include four sculptural panels 36 feet high on the corners of the building.

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