October 7,2016 thru October 29,2016
Our October 2016 exhibition honors Denver ceramic artist and potter Robin Furuta. Robin passed away on February 13, 2015 after a long illness.
Robin earned her BFA degree at The Kansas City Art Institute and then attended CU Boulder. She taught ceramics at The Arvada Center, Red Rocks Community College, The Jewish Community Center, The Art Students League, and Metropolitan State University. After many years of teaching at Arapahoe Community College, Robin became the head of their Ceramics Department. During her tenure at Arapahoe Community College, she earned an MFA in the Graduate Studies Program at Regis University.
Robin was born in 1962 to Japanese-American parents living in Denver. She came to her work after a life-long love affair with dirt: she loved playing in the soil in her family garden, and doing art projects in 4-H and in high school. At the same time, she was very involved in her church youth group at Simpson United Methodist, where she made many of her lifetime friends. In high school she had encouraging art teachers who saw in her a potential and suggested that she apply to the Kansas City Art Institute. Robin was accepted and with the help of her teachers Ken Ferguson, Victor Babu and George Timmock, discovered, that she had found her true passion. She attended CU Boulder after KCAI, and from there found her way to teaching "making pots". Her work was included in many exhibitions throughout the United States.
In 2011, Robin married Glenn Yoshimura, and they set up a studio at their home in Denver. That same year she began her quest for an MFA in the Graduate Studies Program at Regis University culminating with her thesis show in August of 2014, attended by over 200 people. Her life was committed to perfecting her craft. She made quiet, unassuming porcelain pottery with forms that had a gentle touch and were further illuminated with traditional glazes. Robin was a consummate potter of functional work. Edges, bottoms, decoration, glazing and firing, all demanded her full attention. These separate yet totally intertwined elements framed the beauty of work; understated and elegant; quiet and profound; beautiful and approachable; pottery to be used daily and revered as treasures. This lifetime of dedication to making elegant useable pottery has made her work highly collectible. A gregarious person, Robin had a large circle of friends from many diverse communities including her church, the arts community, and her large family of sisters, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. A loyal friend to many and a loving wife to her husband Glenn Yoshimura, her legacy will live on in the work of her students, the work of her students' students, and in the individual, personal and private memories we all have and cherish.
Robin said in an autobiography: "As I look back the one consistent part of my life is I am still making pots. Mainly working with porcelain and continue to teach ceramics … at Arapahoe Community College and various art centers around the Denver metro area. I have found that the interaction with students in teaching and the solitude of being a studio potter creates a nice balance. "
“We are extremely honored to host this exhibition of Robin’s work. She was a beacon of light to many in our ceramics community and enriched the lives of all of us who knew her” says Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan.
Robin Furuta’s exhibition, “A Legacy” opens with a First Friday Gallery reception October 7, 2016 from 6pm-9pm. The exhibition will remain on view at the gallery until Saturday October 29th, 2016. Plinth Gallery is located in the River North Art District at 3520 Brighton Blvd in Denver. For further information,please contact the Gallery at (303) 295-0717 or send an email to email@example.com.