Our August and September exhibition features the new work of contemporary ceramic artistShamai "Sam" Gibsh. Joining us from Tel Aviv, the Israeli artist holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly/Pomona as well as an MBA from Tel Aviv University. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and The Israeli Ceramics Association. His work is included in museums and private collections in Asia, Europe, and the United States
In this exhibition “Shadows in Smoke”, Sam shares personal insights, their significance on the individual, and their reciprocity with society and culture.
Gibsh's ceramic work uses a technique called "terra sigilatta", translating literally to mean "sealed earth". Terra sigillata pigments are used in all of his work and represent a connection between ideas and ancient techniques of East Asia and the Middle East. This technique was originally used by ancient potters from Greece to seal the surface before glaze became widely used. Sam collects clay wherever he is, whether in Israel or on his trips throughout the world. Every clay has different color properties. He then purifies and refines it with water into a suspension of extremely small clay particles. The pigments are applied to the surface, burnished and then fired. The burnishing and firing process produces a smooth and lustrous surface. Gibsh's palette ranges from white to beige to yellow, and various hues of pink and red. He also makes use of "Arabian Luster, another ancient method developed in Egypt in the 9th century. Using these decorative techniques, Gibsh achieves a varying luminosity and gloss, dependent upon the observer's eye, angle, and distance.
Join us on First Friday, August 3rd from 6-9pm as we welcome Sam and his solo show, "Shadows in Smoke" to Plinth. This new ceramic work by will be on display until September 29th. As always, the exhibition is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. For further information, please call or email the gallery.
Workshop with Shamai Gibsh has been CANCELLED. However he will be in the Gallery on First Friday and is looking forward to meeting you!