Steven Hill

 "Useable Ceramics"

 August 4 - September 30,2017

teapot, porcelain, layered and sprayed glazes, 14"h

For August and September 2017, Plinth Gallery is pleased to present the ceramic work of Steven Hill. This highly acclaimed ceramic artist has maintained ceramic practice for over 30 years. Steven is well regarded as a workshop leader and educator, and his signature work has been featured in publications worldwide. The artist’s functional ceramic work exploits the fluidity of clay and the wheel forming process. His pottery shapes spring to life as if they grow from the table top. The voluptuousness shapes are further enhanced by the depth and quality of his decoration and glazing. Using a subtle palette of rich satin surfaced glazes, he sprays multiple layers of glazes over each other so that they flow and melt together with depth and vibrancy when heated in the kiln.

Hill’s innovative glazing and firing techniques in an electric kiln produce surfaces that echo those produced in a gas kiln with a reduction atmosphere. By firing with a computer controlled electric kiln, he can control the melt of the glazes and generate the surface crystals that are formed by a controlled cooling. He has also pioneered the contemporary use of “single firing” in which the first firing or “bisque” firing is eliminated. Also referred to as “green or greenware glazing,” he skillfully applies liquid glaze to the unfired ware, eliminating that first firing. It is both an economic and aesthetic advantage, saving energy as well as having a very intimate relationship with the glaze and its application.Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan has known the artist since their shared graduate school days at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. According to Jonathan “Steven has made significant contributions to the ceramics field by pushing the limits of how pottery can be formed and glazed. He brings a fresh, vibrant, and innovative approach to functional pottery. His work shows his long-time commitment making truly unique and beautiful useable ceramic objects.” Steven currently maintains his studio practice at 323 Clay in Independence, MO.

A gallery reception with the artistopens at  Friday August 4,2017 from 6pm-9pm. The exhibition will be on view until September 30, 2017. Additionally,Steven will instruct a 2-day workshop at Plinth Gallery. A limited number of spaces are still available. During this workshop, Steven will throw, assemble and decorate his work while sharing his experience with single firing. The workshop is Saturday and Sunday, August 5-6, 2017 from 9am-5pm. The cost is $225person and includes all materials and lunch both days. Please call the gallery if you wish to attend.