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Ceramic sculpture artist presents exhibit, workshop

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—An exhibition of ceramic sculptures and works on paper will be on display Jan. 24 through Feb. 24 in the Whitaker Campus Center Gallery at Hood College.

Symbiosis showcases the works of New York artist Toni Ross. She will present her work in a slide lecture Jan. 26 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center, followed by a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery.

Ross will also present a workshop, On Seeing and Being Seen, featuring her methods for preparing for a gallery exhibition Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee is $75. To register, call 301-696-3456 or contact Karen Taylor at taylor@hood.edu.

Ancient Jomon coiled vessels, Cycladic stone sculptures and modern Mark Rothko paintings serve as the inspiration for Ross' work. Her textured pieces—tall coiled vessels, enclosed forms and cubes—feature shino glazes first used in Japan in the late 16th century. The varied surface textures are achieved by using the raw clay of the vessel; applying clay slips; and using a variety of shino glaze formulas and application techniques.

The New York City native studied ceramics and earned a bachelor of arts degree in film studies at Wesleyan University. She explored careers in film work, drawing and painting, and as a pastry chef and restaurateur before devoting herself to the ceramic arts. She focused initially on wheel-thrown, functional ware, producing a line of high-fired porcelain and stoneware. Much of Ross' current work has little practical function, but instead explores the nature of containment—time, emotions, experience and collective memory.

For more information, contact Adam Farcus, gallery director, at adamfarcus@gmail.com; or Joyce Michaud, director of the ceramic arts program, at jmichaud@hood.edu or by calling 301-696-3456.