Oct. 22, 2012
-- UN-WEDGED 2012
, an exhibition of exceptional contemporary work from 20 artists from all over North America opens November 3, 2012 at Pottery Northwest (at 226 First Avenue North (between Thomas and John), just one block south of the Key Arena at the Seattle Center). Applicants submitted both functional and sculptural ceramic work as well as mixed media. The show will continue through November 30, 2012. An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, November 3, at 6 pm.
The 2012 UN-WEDGED juror is Steven Young Lee, Resident Artist Director at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. As juror for the competition and show, Lee sifted through a large pool of submissions to a produce a group that reflects the show’s criteria of “exceptional work both in concept and execution.” At the same time, he puts his own personal stamp on the interpretation of exceptional by selecting the recipient of the Juror’s Choice Award. This year, the Juror’s Choice Award of one thousand dollars goes to Mallory Wetherell of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for her piece Picture Perfect Union
. “This is a good representation of the variety of work being done in the field. There are some really fine pots as well as sculptural work in a solid pool of applicants” said Lee..
A second Director’s Choice prize of five hundred dollars (selected by Wally Bivins, Pottery Northwest’s director) will be awarded to Kim Louise Glidden for her piece Cradle to Grave
. According to Bivins, “It is important for artists and patrons to see work in person from other parts of the country, and there are some fine Seattle area artists represented in the show too. UN-WEDGED is an effort, to make new work, exciting work, available to the public, wherever it is made.”ABOUT POTTERY NORTHWEST
Pottery Northwest is the Pacific Northwest’s premiere ceramic facility. Founded in 1966 as a non-profits arts organization, Pottery Northwest is a long time and vibrant source of programming in the Seattle arts community. Artists from around the world come to Pottery Northwest in the spirit of artistic dialog and as a formative step in their professional career. World class professional artist residencies, exhibitions featuring traditional and contemporary work, community classes and an engaging lecture series spanning many years are all features of this fixture at Seattle Center. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 5 pm.