For our final exhibition of 2018, Plinth Gallery is pleased to present the ceramic work of Jim Connell. Connell received his BA degree from Loyola University, his BFA degree from Kansas City Art Institute, and his MFA degree from the University of Illinois. Connell’s ceramics are in the collections of the South Carolina State Museum, the Charles Wustum Museum of Fine Arts (WI), the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MN), and the Yixing Ceramic Museum (China). He is currently the Professor of Ceramics at Winthrop University and maintains a studio practice in Rock Hill, NC.
Jim Connell creates ceramic pieces in unusual sizes and shapes but his process is firmly grounded in traditional techniques of pottery making. Connell’s vessels are generally wheel-thrown. The thick walls are paddled and carved, producing a secondary, three-dimensional surface. After glazing a firing, many of the pieces are sand blasted and the resulting surface adds a further textural element.
Connell credits his inspiration to both nature and history. His love of Chinese ceramics include pottery from the prehistoric Neolithic period, the Tan and Sung Dynasties. Currently, his prodigious output of teapots has been influenced by the teapots made in Yixing China. "I simply love making teapots. They are a challenging and demanding discipline but when mastered, they can be a very satisfying endeavor."
Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan understands Connell's interest in teapots. "The teapot form draws on a wealth of historical perspective. To balance all the parts of this form, the spout, the handle, the lid, and the teapot body is a formidable and exacting discipline. Connell meets and surpasses this challenge."
Please join us in welcoming Jim Connell to Plinth Gallery on First Friday November 2nd from 6pm-9pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and will be on view through December 29.
Jim Connell will also be presenting a 2-day workshop at The Bicentennial Art Center in Aurora Colorado on Saturday and Sunday November 3-4. For further information or to register for this informative workshop, contact the Bicentennial Art Center at 303 344-1776.