Allow us to reintroduce ourselves. As of last night, we are now ‘Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design!’ Our 50th anniversary inspired self reflection about who we are as an organization and how we have evolved over the last 50 years. The result is a name change that better explains who we are in 2014 and how we plan to move forward in the future!
Joël Urruty, Tête // wood and 23K gold leaf
Justin Teilhet, Compostition #1 // wheel thrown porcelain with 24k gold leaf
This work is featured in our upcoming exhibition Good As Gold, opening in our Delmar Loop gallery on Friday, April 4. In honor of our 50th anniversary, also known as a Golden Jubilee, come see this and so many more works of art inspired by or made with gold!
Here we go again; our eyes are deceiving us. You think you’re looking at wood, but friends, this isn’t wood. North Carolina-based ceramic artist Eric Serritella just raised the bar for making things that look like other things. Eric lovingly creates astonishingly realistic clay teapots that look just like gnarled, weathered, and sometimes even scorched sections of trees.
The series, called Trompe L’oeil Teapots, raise an awareness about the environment while serving as beautiful one-of-a-kind vessels that can actually be used in the kitchen.
Each beautifully deceptive piece of Eric’s pottery is painstakingly hand-carved and painted. The results are so convincing that we half-expect to see chipmunks peeking out through the tops of the pots. Come to think of it, that would be pretty awesome.
Visit Eric Serritella’s website to view more of his beautiful clay creations.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Teapots by Missouri artist Jo Stealey.
A few shots of Craft Alliance from the 1970s.
Leverage Dance Theater performs los angeles choreographer Victoria Marks’ work Dancing to Music in st. louis, missouri.
-photo credit to Todd Heilman-
I spy Ann Coddington Rast's installation Flock behind those dancers. The exhibition featured 1,100 birds in flight that took over our Grand Center gallery in 2013.
While the traditional teapot should be at the very least functional — that is, have the ability to hold and pour a liquid, I recently viewed an exhibition that turns all that on end with the “idea of a teapot.”
Meet Toshiko Takaezu: a potter who (like all potters) was not afraid to play with fire. In our oral history interview with her, she reflects on why she became a potter:
…the impact that I got from women potters, the strength that you could feel, the strength that is in the pot, made me feel that I really like this…and to have such an impression that I got from the pottery that the women made and the force that they had with the piece, and they didn’t make to have it in the galleries and the museum, they make because they can use it.
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