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April 6-30: MFA ceramics exhibits on display

FREDERICK, Maryland—Hood College Master of Fine Arts students will be featured in exhibits at on campus in April.

Marcus Davis’ “The Voice from the Fire” show will be on display in the Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center from April 6 to 23. Meg Lau’s “The Past is Present” exhibit will be in the Whitaker Campus Center Gallery from April 12 to 30.

Davis’ thesis exhibit features soda-fired stoneware platters and storage vessels with unique slip decoration relating to his family history and his roots as a son, a printmaker and a potter. He began his thesis by exploring whether surface decoration techniques can combine the visual style of his Quaker ancestry and his personal history as a third-generation printer into a language for personal expression. This exhibition is the culmination of his research to answer that question, and through his work he has strove to develop a personal symbolic language of expression, inspired by his genealogical Quaker history.

Davis grew up in Maryland and North Carolina and has been a ceramic artist for 19 years. He currently lives in Frederick, Maryland, and is adjunct instructor of ceramics at Hagerstown Community College. His gallery talk and opening reception will be April 8 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The Hodson Gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Lau’s thesis exhibit showcases wheel-thrown, pit-fired urns created for the containment of personal and communal memories of loved ones. The urns have the physical potential to contain relics, memorabilia, or cremation ashes for one or more family members. The family urns are meant to celebrate the past and be cherished in the future.

Lau is an artist and teacher in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. She teaches high school ceramics in the Lampeter-Strasburg School District. Her gallery talk and opening reception are scheduled for April 14 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The Whitaker Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jenna Gianni at