Ceramics - Rethinking the Vessel

Kent Blossom Art Intensives in Ceramics

May 26 - June 8, 2019

Resident Faculty - Peter Christian Johnson

Visiting Artists - Judith Salomon and Joanna Powell

Judith Salomon, Flower Boxes
Rethinking the Vessel

This summer intensive will focus on thinking about the vessel more broadly and learning to express your personal voice though the things you make.  Each of the visiting artists for this summer’s session engage with the long history of the ceramic vessel while interweaving their practice with painting, sculpture, architecture and pottery. Students will draw inspiration from the dynamic interdisciplinary practice of the visiting artists to create an independent body of work that exposes their unique way of seeing the world.

Judith Salomon

Judith Salomon has exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world. She is represented in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Manchester City Art Galleries in England, and the National Museum of History in Taiwan.  Salomon began her ceramic career making plates, bowls and other functional work covered with brightly colored geometric shapes floating on fields of white. As her career grew Solomon began to hand build sculptures frequently incorporating rectangular sheets of ceramic in abstract architecture forms. Salomon became a master at mixing matte and high-gloss glazes often on the same piece. Many of her sculptures are functional and can be used, however, Solomon is clearly interested in form first with function taking second place.

Joanna Powell

Joanna Powell is a sculptor and painter born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Through installation she contextualizes common objects with personal meaning. Her work is the result of thinking about longing, privacy, history and sexuality. She draws inspiration from Etruscan and pre-Columbian pottery, Sèvres porcelain, folk art and Matisse. Her forms are excavated out of blocks of clay and pinched. Joanna received her MFA in ceramics from The University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012, and her BFA from The University of North Texas in Denton in 2008. She has exhibited her work throughout the US, including at the Showpen Gallery in Denver and The Center for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh. 


Non-credit Tuition Option - $1,100

College Credit Tuition - Tuition costs for each workshop are $1368 for 3 resident undergraduate credits, and $2100 for 4 resident graduate credits ($2454.00 non-resident undergraduate and $3916.00 non-resident graduate). 

Application deadline is April 30, 2019.

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Images: Header image - Joanna Powell, A Simple Complicated Truth, ceramic, canvas, acrylic, plastic, 10’x4’x7’9”, 2014

Right: Judith Salomon, Color Block Flower Brick and Striped Flower Brick, porcelain, 2018