Utility: Porcelain Ceramics by Paul Donnelly
February 2 - March 31, 2018
- Opening Reception: First Friday February 2nd from 6 to 9pm
"Utility", our first exhibition for 2018, features the porcelain ceramic work by artist Paul Donnelly. Donnelly maintains a studio practice in Kansas City, MO, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute. The artist received his BFA from Edinboro University and his MFA from the Alfred University. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and his work has been published in numerous books and periodicals.
Donnelly concentrates on making useable ceramics and his work is inspired by both architectural and natural settings. He uses the inherent beauty of ceramic materials as a means to draw comparisons to these ideas without replicating them directly or realistically. He regards his functional pottery as being, "created as systems to coordinate how the object operates by itself or within a larger arrangement of components. Investigation into design and function is a really important aspect of my practice," and the pieces are made for a specific function or a particular purpose. He uses a variety of forming techniques including throwing on the potter's wheel, hand-building, and slip-casting along with 3d modeling, and he often combines these forming methods within the same piece to " blur the concepts and associations to individuality and mass production." Donnelly understands that both display of, and use of an object, will impart meaning that may change during the user's relationship with the work. "The objects we interact with on a daily basis can conjure experiences in our lives, often becoming an article of sentiment."
Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan elaborates that, "Donnelly's ceramics are design based. While making multiples of objects, each and every piece is different, unique, and highly individual. The strength of Donnellys' pieces is a conscientious understanding of design and use, and of its intimate association with humanity.
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