District Clay Gallery Presents US – Emerging Voices in Clay Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on August 6, 2018

Sat, 11 August 2018 - Sun, 23 September 2018

Amanda Schneider, Lovers Picnic, 12.5×1.5. Courtesy of District Clay Gallery.


Opening Reception: Saturday, August 11 from 6pm to 8pm


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Work from 10 outstanding women ceramic artists from across the country will be on display in a Roberto Lugo curated exhibition at the District Clay Gallery from August 11th until September 23rd.

The expansive exhibition, titled US – Emerging Voices in Clay showcases 20 pieces that demonstrate the vitality and power these emerging voices in the art world today. It is also a window into the expressive range of ceramics – pieces in the show utilize the vessel, the figure, and installation work.

Roberto Lugo, the show’s curator, commented: “Going into our search for emerging artists, we selected a list of artists we felt were revolutionary in clay and noticed they were all artists who identify as women. This speaks to profound impact women are making and have always made and we are honored that these artists have accepted our invitation.”

These artists have chosen ceramics as their medium to reveal their personal journeys and experiences in this fragmented, and at times perplexing world. Their work looks at the difficulties we encounter, the places we create to shelter and nurture ourselves and the political and cultural winds that buffet us:

  • A new Statue of Liberty for today’s troubled times
  • Ceramic strands that use patterns to explore how the world confounds and comforts us
  • Hair as a metaphor for our search for identity and the extremes in which we go to for beauty
  • Figurative works that employ Native American myths to create a more aware, open society
  • A carpet of flowers that creates new meanings by merging what we discard with what we prize
  • A ceramic “quilt” that tells and retells the voyages we take
  • Using fire and sacred texts to build modern day reliquaries of new power and possibility

Exhibiting Artists

  • Natalia Arbalez
  • Emily Connell
  • Jennifer Ling Datchuk
  • April D. Felipe
  • Raven Halfmoon
  • Margaret Kinkeade
  • Natalie Kuenzi
  • Courtney Leonard
  • Maura Wright
  • Amanda Schneider

Show Curator:
Robert Lugo is one of the most exciting and significant ceramic artists on the scene today. This year Lugo was named the Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly. Through his work, Lugo references problems and inequalities facing minorities, women, and underserved communities by creating masterful and highly decorated narratives. Lugo is currently the Assistant Professor of Craft for Tyler School of Art at Temple University and works extensively to promote access to ceramics for minority and disadvantaged populations.

The District Clay Gallery:
The District Clay Gallery is Washington DC’s only all-ceramic gallery and is located within the District Clay Center. The gallery presents six exhibitions a year, including shows highlighting new emerging artists, important political and social themes, and exceptional sculpture art. Both the gallery and the center opened in November 2016. The center provides supervised student classes, workshops and artist talks, and houses private artist studio space.

District Clay Center is located at 2414 Douglas Street NE. For more information, please visit the event website here.