Shannon Goff, assistant professor of sculpture and ceramics, is currently participating in a group exhibition at The Clay Studio of Missoula. Finger to Thumb: A Thousand Marks of Pinching Artists will be on display through September 27.
The hand is our oldest tool and while some artists use cutting edge devices, a growing group of contemporary ceramic artists are using and leaving the mark of their hands. Pinching is no longer just a means to an end, but it's own method, surface, and, phrasing. Clay is an amazing recorder of touch and pinching allows the maker and user an incredibly direct moment of tactile communication. What does a fingerprint say? What does building slowly and methodically say? What are the different reasons these artists are choosing to leave this mark? Why build this way?
These are some ideas and questions that Emily Schroeder Willis & SoVA Alumna Lilly Zuckerman were exploring when considering the artists selected for this exhibit. Though all works retain the mark of the hand or finger, the approach of each artist widely varies, showing that this method of building and surface is utilized in both functional and sculptural ceramic forms.
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Text courtesy of The Clay Studio of Missoula.