Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Host Exhibition

Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Host Exhibition

9/13/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will host an exhibition titled “Variable Vessels,” which will feature contemporary ceramics curated by Florida artist Matthew Schiemann.

The exhibition will run from Sept.26 through Oct. 26, with an opening reception planned for Thursday, Sept. 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Schiemann will be giving an artist talk during the opening reception at 5 p.m.

The Coburn Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and is free and open to the public. For more information about the reception or exhibition, call 419.289.5652 or visit the Coburn Gallery on Facebook.

Schiemann is a second-generation potter who grew up watching and helping his dad Larry create ceramic works. This early exposure taught him to appreciate the handmade object and eventually to choose the field of ceramics for himself. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sculpture and Ceramics from Ashland University in 2005 and his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2009. 

While in graduate school, Schiemann worked as Harris Deller’s personal assistant and as a teaching assistant for the wheel throwing and industrial design courses. During this time, he began building his own body of work focused on functional pottery fired in atmospheric kilns. 

After graduating from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Schiemann was accepted as an artist in residence at the St. Petersburg Clay Co. Shortly after being accepted as A.I.R., he became an adjunct professor at Eckerd College for PEL program’s ceramics department. In October of 2010, he became co-owner/director of the St. Petersburg Clay Co.

Featured ceramic artists for the exhibition in addition to Schiemann will include Adam Yungbluth of Florida, Amy Chase of Kentucky, KyoungHwa Oh of Colorado, Yoshi Fujii of Maryland, Nigel and Cheyenne Rudolph of Florida, Branan Mercer of Alabama and Bethany Benson of Pennsylvania.

Yungbluth was born in Mason, Ohio, and as a youth he excelled at digging holes and playing in the mud in the corner of the yard that was affectionately known as, “the brickyard.” Many summer days were spent with his friends building and rebuilding objects out of these bricks and creative ideas were brought on by a father who was an oil painter focusing on waterscapes and figures. While working on a bachelor’s degree at Miami University of Ohio, he stumbled into Dennis Tobin’s ceramics studio and found something to which he was able to relate. Schooling had always been less than interesting, but ceramics had the combination of history, chemistry and hands-on practice that was immediately attractive. After undergraduate school, he moved down south and started graduate school at The University of Mississippi, studying under Matt Long. A few years later, and many tons of clay later, he received his M.F.A. and moved to St Petersburg, Fla., to be an artist-in-residence at the St. Petersburg Clay Co. He still resides in St Petersburg with his wife and family and is currently co-owner of SPCC along with Schiemann, whom he first met when they started their residencies together.

Cheyenne Rudolph grew up in Paris, Tenn., and as a child she favored her “Mema’s” kitchen. This treasure chest of a room offered a myriad of ambiguously specific tools and utensils, all examined while eating a hunk of homemade cornbread and wearing one of “Mema’s” threadbare aprons. Costumes, dress-up and pretend, were part of her youth and would lead to a career in theatre, save for a chance ceramics class in college. She studied ceramics at Murray State University and the University of Florida, where her admiration for infomercials and convenience products of the 1950s kitchen began to influence her functionally specific pottery. She loves Lucy and Amy Sedaris, and she enjoys satire and nostalgia in pop culture. Dramatic flair and hand-crafted costumes are a given in her daily life and her ceramic work.

KyoungHwa Oh was born in Seoul, Korea, where she spent her childhood and naturally developed a connection to traditional Korean ceramics (Koryo Celadon). Oh studied fashion design in Korea and worked for five years as a designer before coming to the United States to gain more design experience. While in the United States, she became interested in working with clay and changed her plans to study ceramics. Oh received her BFA in ceramics from Washburn University in Kansas in 2004 and in 2005 she was accepted into the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she completed her MFA degree in August 2008. She worked as a visiting resident artist at Midwestern State University from 2009 to 2011 and has been working as a faculty in art at Colorado MESA University since fall 2011. 

Nigel Rudolph is a studio potter, archaeologist and native Floridian, born in the gulf-coast city of Bradenton. After receiving a BA in cultural anthropology from the University of West Florida in 1998, he studied ceramics as a post baccalaureate student at the University of Florida, finishing in 2002. He has held artist in residence positions at The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and the St. Petersburg Clay Co. in St. Petersburg, Fla. He exhibits his work nationally in juried and invitational exhibitions, including at the 2005, 2007 and 2011 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference. He and his wife, Cheyenne, currently live in Gainesville, Fla.

Benson grew up in Foxboro, Mass., and received her B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, under the guidance of Chris Gustin, Karon Doherty and James Lawton. She was invited to be a resident artist at Atlantic Beach Potters in 2001 , now Atlantic Pottery Supply, in Atlantic Beach, Fla. Upon completing her residency in Florida, she attended Bowling Green State University as a non-degree seeking student to work on her portfolio for graduate school, where she studied with John Balistreri and Steven Roberts. In the spring of 2004, she was accepted for graduate studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The artist received her M.F.A. in Ceramics in 2007 under the guidance of Harris Deller, Stephen Grimmer and Pattie Chalmers. She currently holds the position of visiting assistant professor at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.

Mercer holds a BFA with a concentration in ceramics from Auburn University. He graduated in 2008 and has since pursued a career as a studio potter. After school he travelled to St. Petersburg, Fla., where he spent two years as an artist in residence at The Craftsman House Gallery. Upon completion of his residency, he returned to his hometown of Fairhope, Ala., where he is currently the studio manager and pottery instructor at The Kiln Studio and Gallery. 

Chase is currently the ceramics instructor and gallery director at Spot 5 Art Studio in Louisville, Ky. From 2010–2012, she was the adjunct professor of ceramics at Southeast Missouri State University located in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Chase received her MFA in Studio Art from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2010 and received her BFA from Murray State University in 2000.

Fujii is a resident artist, instructor and gallery manager at Baltimore Clayworks in Maryland. Originally from Fukuoka, Japan, he moved to U.S. in 1996 and received a B.A. in Foreign Language and a B.A. in Anthropology in 2000 from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition, he received a B.F.A. in Sculpture with an emphasis in Ceramics in 2002 and an M.A.T.L. in English as a Second Language in 2003.  After a residency in Natchez, Miss., he attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he earned his M.F.A. in Ceramics in 2008. He was selected as a recipient of the 2008-09 Lormina Salter Fellowship and invited to become a resident artist at Baltimore Clayworks, and he also received 2010 Mary E. Nyburg Fund for Artist Development for his 10-week residency at Tainan National University for the Arts in Taiwan, ROC. In 2011, he won a b-Grant from Baker Artist Awards for his excellence in craft.  He shows his work in national and international exhibitions and competitions, and won several awards. He is a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###