Diversity in Clay: New Work by Sunshine Coast Artists

March 19 – April 18, 2021

Liz de Beer, Pat Forst, Laurie Rolland, Pia Sillem, Jack Ploesser, Mike Allegretti, Elaine Futterman, Tim Niebergall, Bev Niebergall, Ray Niebergall

Join us for an exhibition of new work by Sunshine Coast artists working in ceramics and clay.

Liz de Beer offers a unique vision through her work that fuses elements of Africa and the West Coast. Her footprints can be traced back to Africa where she grew up and mastered the fine art of pottery. Pat Forst’s unique style is inspired by the contours and textures of the world around us. Laurie Rolland uses the metaphor of the boat (vessel: container/protector) as an expressive vehicle. Individual pieces are interconnected in an ever-evolving series, as new ideas develop from the working process itself. Pia Sillem’s pottery is fired in a wood kiln, which creates unique effects that cannot be achieved or duplicated in any other way. Elaine Futterman and Mike Allegretti of Creek Clayworks use salt firing. They put salt into their gas kiln and the sodium combines with silica in the clay to form glaze, a method that originated in Germany in the 1700s. There are often some surprises when they open the kiln to see what patterns the salt has made on the pots. The process produces luminous, almost alchemical surfaces. Jack Olive’s work plays with a range of glazing techniques including black and white pieces that are fired in the raku method with no glaze on the outside and the interiors are glazed. He makes both functional and decorative work, ranging from abstract and geometric to subjects drawn from the natural environment. Bev and Ray Niebergall will display their clay creations that range from functional wear to decorative and sculptural works, while Jack Ploesser exhibits his deep knowledge of copper red and ash glazes and they curious ways they interact with each other.