Celebrated ceramicist Joan Takayama-Ogawa, product design and ceramics faculty member at Otis College of Art and Design, is the curator of the 2017 Scripps College 73rd Ceramic Annual Exhibit: A Sense of Place. Located at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, the exhibition will remain on view through April 9, 2017. The January 21 opening includes a panel discussion with Takayama-Ogawa on the artists followed by a reception. Additional programming will take place at Otis College of Art and Design, including a guest lecture with two of the exhibiting artists, Diego Romero ('91 Ceramics) and Michael Sherrill, on January 24 and a workshop with Sherrill on January 25.
"While the concept of "a sense of place" is not new, it takes on a fresh and important role in the face of globalization, personal mobility, and virtual worlds," writes Takayama-Ogawa in her curatorial statement. "All of these very distinct visions in clay reverberate with the artists' histories, and their histories hold power - sustaining power, speaking power, and sacred power - that is accessible to us as we engage with their works."
The exhibition includes alumni Diego Romero ('91 Ceramics), Porntip Sangvanich ('87 Ceramics MFA) and Anna Silver, who studied under Otis College's founding ceramics chair Peter Voulkos in the 1950s. Voulkos had attracted many ceramic masters to teach and learn at the college, including Ralph Bacerra, Takayama-Ogawa's own mentor.
Takayama-Ogawa currently has an exhibition at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) on view through April 2, 2017. Climate Change is the artist's call for the reversal of global warming and includes figurative white coral reef sculptures, reflective of the bleaching effects of rising ocean temperatures. Takayama-Ogawa's work is part of many public collections including the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the American Museum of Ceramic Art.
Image: Diego Romero, Death-of-Achilles, 2014