John Beckelman, Bede Clarke, Candice Methe

MAY 20 - JULY 2, 2016

Gallery Opening Reception: Friday, May 20th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm


Santa Fe Clay is bringing together three master ceramic artists in an upcoming exhibition exploring the finer nuances of the vessel. John Beckelman, Bede Clarke and Candice Methe each bring a unique approach to their vessel forms and surfaces. 

From cultures both historic and contemporary, the vessel can be either utilitarian or decorative. Prehistoric cultures required a variety of basic vessels for transporting food or water and for cooking. More advanced cultures developed extravagant forms, detailed surface decorating, and breathtaking glazes, creating pots that became symbols of wealth and power.

John Beckelman’s elegant minimalist vessels are the result of years of diligent practice, study and evolution. He draws his inspiration from early Neolithic storage vessels as well as from nature. He has stripped his forms down to the basic shapes of cylinders and cones. His surfaces are crackled and scorched, resembling the earth from which the raw clay is harvested.

Bede Clarke’s quiet forms range from angular cubist pitchers to robust pots and jars. Throughout his decades-long career, Clarke brings a sincerity to his work, creating objects that are a pleasure to live with on a daily basis. His wood-firing process creates complex patterns and earth tones that are unpredictable and impossible to reproduce. Each vessel is a testament to the beauty and chaos of earth and fire.

Candice Methe’s large coil-built vases and pots are both commanding and elegant with their voluptuous curves and subtle surface treatments. Methe’s palette is monochromatic, but by no means simple. Her application of terra sigillata creates a complexity of color that is akin to color field paintings.

One can only hope that these ceramic works will be viewed by a future anthropologist to provide context for our current culture.

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