What is contemporary craft?
The 31 artists featured in Transformation 9: Contemporary Works in Ceramics suggest the answer.
Clay has been used, decorated, coveted, and collected for thousands of years, yet in the hands of contemporary artists this irresistible medium continues to surprise through innovative techniques, forms, and functions. See what happens when makers push the boundaries of time-honored craft materials–right before our eyes, something old is new again.
Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals is the 2011 edition of the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize series, which recognizes excellence in the field of contemporary craft. This series was inaugurated in 1997 in honor of Elizabeth Rockwell Raphael, founder of the Society for Contemporary Craft and a longtime figure on the national craft scene. We are deeply grateful to Elizabeth Raphael’s daughters —Alexandra, Cathy and Margaret — for suggesting and funding this important prize in honor of their mother.
Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials, The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize Exhibition features 26 national and international artists who have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize. Transformation 10 will showcase newly created, innovative artworks that incorporate found materials in unexpected ways and challenge notions about commonplace objects, found materials, and contemporary art for personal and global narratives, expressions, and aesthetics.
Master of Fine Art graduate Stephanie Lind at the Heartwood College of Art, Biddeford, Maine presents works in metal and wood that represent the culmination of a five-year long residency degree program that emphasizes extensive creative exploration. The exhibition highlights and celebrates the artist’s exceptional creativity, curiosity, and inventiveness.
Featuring a selection of vibrant tin quilts by Pittsburgh artist Kim Fox, Handwork recognizes the influence, the patterns and the landscapes of Pennsylvania. With a focus on organic themes of birds, bees, and the idea of home and place, Fox creates vintage tin and salvaged wood ‘quilts’ that combine images reminiscent of traditional quilt patterns and the ideals that they represent.