T Pacini Jon Pacini

Our exhibition for June and July, "Of Two Minds" features the work of ceramic artists Jon Pacini and T Pacini.

 After a successful career in the corporate world of fashion, T Pacini decided to make a dramatic change to respond to an "inner calling" to work in clay. For the past 27 years, she has been actively involved in the ceramics field as an artist and potter, international exhibitor, lecturer, and ceramic technician. Currently, she is the technical services Coordinator at Laguna Clay Company in California and also curates the Fred Maher Ceramic Collection at Scripps College.

 T Pacini works with both traditional and non-traditional ceramic materials that are influenced by geology and grid structures. The artist builds large scale ceramic sculptures with "paper-clay," a wet mixture of both paper fibers and clay materials. This combination provides incredible workability, eliminates problematic shrinkage of clay, and allows for the construction of extremely lightweight and large artworks. The pieces are then fired, and the paper portion burns out in the kiln. The remaining clay retains its form and shape, yet is extremely strong.

Jon Pacini has been involved with ceramics for the past 41 years. After receiving his under graduate degree in ceramics, Jon Pacini operated a successful pottery making business in Kona Hawaii. Since 1996, he has managed the clay production at Laguna Clay Company and is also a consulting technician to the ceramics industry.

Jon Pacini's ceramic work seduces the viewer by his use of a variety of clay bodies and use of glazes that honor and respect an earlier generation of clay artists. By choosing to make utilitarian traditional forms, he considers making art a craft which is executed using the skills that he has developed over the last forty years. Pacini chooses to wood fire a portion of his work as well as firing in a traditional gas kiln.

"Of Two Minds" opens at Plinth Gallery on June 7 featuring a reception with the artists from 6pm-9pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and will be on view thru July 27.

Plinth Gallery is located in The River North Art District at 3520 Brighton Blvd, Denver Colorado 80216. For further information please contact the gallery at 303 295-0717