Art Education professor Richard Nickel was recently juried in the into 100 TEAPOTS at Baltimore Clayworks The exhibition was juried by Nick Joerling a full-time studio potter who has maintained a studio in Penland, North Carolina since the early 80′s. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Dayton, Ohio, and an M.F.A. in Ceramics from Louisiana State University in 1986.
Jurors Statement: My dictionary says a teapot is “A covered pot with a spout.” I smile at the judiciousness of that definition, like characterizing a human being as an upright body with a face. Buried in both succinct summations is the rich unending variety of mechanics, spirit, aesthetics, emotion, intellect. I like the blue-collar aspect of pots, that they do the every day work of carrying, containing, delivering, but can also “step out” and stimulate the mind and imagination. I like the pots that make good use of the constraints of utility, and I like the pots that push against those boundaries: pots that entertain some dicey possibilities. In my own studio I hope for pots that have qualities of sensuality, empathy, humor and risk.
100 Teapots V will be featured in the Baltimore Clayworks Exhibition Gallery from January 15–February 27, 2011
The opening reception will be Saturday, January 15, 2011, 6:00–8:00PM
Baltimore Clayworks Exhibition Online: