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June 4-17: Interactive ceramics exhibit

FREDERICK, Md.— A ceramic arts exhibition that examines the complexities of the human experience through stone-textured vessels will be on display June 4-17 in the Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center at Hood College.

Ryan Rakhshan says his “Solitude” show includes interactive objects that can be moved closer together or farther apart in the same way that relationships can change. Viewers are encouraged to play with the relationships between the objects by moving them in relation to their companions.

The exhibit will be the culminating show in his graduate certificate in ceramic arts. Rakhshan has been an active member of the ceramics community, both locally and nationally, since 2008. After completing a Bachelors of Arts at Hood in 2011, Rakhshan apprenticed under Professor Joyce Michaud for two years. He taught at several local community clay studios for three years following college. In 2014 he completed a year of service with AmeriCorps NCCC, and in 2015 he was an artist-in-residence at the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology in Brockway, Pa. He has had two previous solo exhibitions during his time in the certificate program at Hood College.

Rakhshan says his work is inspired by the intricacies of human relationships. He explores the human experience using ceramic vessels and objects that utilize both the natural fluidity and the rigidity of various clay bodies. He is as interested in the technical and chemical aspects of the ceramic arts as he is in the aesthetic and utilitarian aspects of the field. To see more of his work, visit his Instagram account @potsbyryan and his online store at

An opening reception will be held June 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Hodson Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Lisa York, curator of the Hodson Gallery, or 301-696-3456.