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June 5 - 26, 2015
Exhibition opens online June 6, Noon local time.
Pieces from this exhibition will ship June 26th.

Functional Canvas

Participating Artists

Benjamin Carter, Adriana Christianson, Chandra DeBuse, Harris Deller, Susan Dewsnap, Julia Galloway, Becky and Steve Lloyd, Beth Lo, Ron Meyers, CJ Niehaus, Richard Peterson, Audrey Rosulek, Yoko Sekino-Bové, Grace Sheese, Rebekah Strickland, and Sue Tirrell.

Curator’s Statement

The vessel as a functional, three-dimensional form provides both an interesting problem to solve and an exciting opportunity for ceramic artists who are passionate about drawing, illustration, painting, and carving. Constrained by the function of an individual vessel form such as a cup, plate, or pitcher, each artist yet has room to play in treating the surface and pushing the form to suit the demands of the explored concept that drives the work. Ceramic artists whose drawing, painting, or carving skills are impressive in their own right find a playground on the surface of the vessel, and a masterpiece worthy of canvas or fancy paper is improved by the vessel as the vessel is improved by the surface design.  Transcending mere decoration, this kind of surface work creates an invigorating dynamic among surface, form, and function.

-Varian Wolf


Recent Exhibitions


The Collections
The Lidded Vessel Collection The Plates & Platters Collection The Pouring Vessels Collection
The Vase Collection    


Charlie Cummings Gallery Artists

Hover over the Gallery menu at the top of the page for a full list of artists currently showing work at the gallery.


Noel Bailey
Marian Baker
Margaret Bohls
Catherine Boswell
Nan Coffin
Nan Coffin
Carole Epp
John Glick
Mel Griffin Martha H. Grover
Mel Griffin Martha H. Grover
Amy Halko
Lisa Hammond
Autumn Higgins
Amy Halko
Meredith Host
Rob Kolhouse
Rob Kolhouse
Martina Lantin
Melissa Mencini
Mark Nafziger
Gillian Parke
Ronan Peterson
Monica Ripley
Matthew Schiemann
Matthew Schiemann
Yoko Sekino-Bove
Leland Shaw
Amelia Stamps
Amelia Stamps
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