Bruce Cochrane, Ani Kasten, Ryan McKerley

June 2 – July 22, 2017
Gallery Opening Reception: Friday June 2, 5 - 7pm

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Thrown or handbuilt, functional or sculptural, the vessel format is rich in historical and cultural context. This exhibition will bring together three ceramic artists approaching vessel making in their own distinct styles.

Bruce Cochrane is a Canadian artist who taught for 32 years at the Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning. He received his BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, NY. He has received 10 Ontario Art Council Exhibition/Research Grants, exhibits extensively, and his work is included in numerous international museum collections. Bruce’s quiet, wood fired wheel thrown and slab built vessels have an elegant streamlined quality, a classic uncluttered presence. He lives outside of Toronto.

Ani Kasten grew up on Nantucket Island, MA. After receiving her BA in English Literature at the University of Michigan, she went on to a year-long apprenticeship with a British ceramist where she gained a solid foundation in the production of functional studio ceramics. She then spent four years in Thimi, Nepal as head of a project for developing a stoneware production facility for artisan potters. Ani’s wheel thrown and handbuilt forms take their influences from the natural world. With bark-like and stone-like textured surfaces, the weathered quality of her work provides a sense of decay and the effects of time.

Ryan McKerley received his BFA in Fine Arts from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX. He further cemented his desire to pursue the lifestyle of a studio potter during an apprenticeship to Billy Ray Mangum in San Marcos, TX. Ryan has taught at the Laguna Gloria Art School in Austin and the Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio. He has focused on creating functional stoneware and porcelain vessels, firing in a wood or soda kiln. Ryan’s surfaces are embellished with water-carving, a technique that uses painted wax patterns as a resist on unfired clay. The unwaxed areas are then eroded away with a sponge and water resulting in a unique surface of raised and relief areas.



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