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A mediocre venture
Into,' using terra cotta
A 7 year itch
By LAURIE HARRIS
Ceramics have always been
part of our society. But today
it is rare that one would think
of them as art. However, the
art of the ancient Greeks, Egyp-
tians and other lost civiliza-
tions revolves around their styles
of pottery and the patterns used
to decorate them.
The Ceramic Show presently
exhibiting in the Museum of
Art in conjunction with the
Creative Arts. Festival, is, in a
manner, an assertion of every-
day items into the realm of art-
istry. But too often the show
displays only that which has
been seen in the area of Ann
The object of the festival is
to bring talent and art to Ann
Arbor that is not usually viewed
in the area. But the effect 'bf
the ceramics show, as a whole,
places Stanger's in equanimity
with an art museum.
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Black's people pots are charm-
ing, But I would guess that
they have been seen a multitude
of times before. It comes to the
point that you believe Black has
capitalized on something that
struck gold and is having dif-
ficulty in separating avarice
But the luminous plates of
John Loree and the undulating
vases of J. T. Abernathy create
a wonderful diversion from an
otherwise mediocre show
Each plate is glazed in deep
rich tones and utilizes a strong
sense of color and line. Loree
has taken a unique phase in
portraiture by applying faces to
the discs, and each is carefully
worked and designed.
Abernathy's oversized vases
are decorated in simplistic
black-brown paint ,which curves
in an almost oriental pattern.
The vases themselves, curve in
patternrs, not conventional to
any time, but purely original.
Their rhythms are almost like a
stream of consciousness as the
eye tries to run smoothly around
its bulging curve and finds itself
obstructed by deep, smooth in-
It is a pleasure to know that
Abernathy's studio is so close
at hand, on State St. next to
And though it has been hinted
that Abernathy did not enter
his best pieces in the exhibit,
the rest of the show hardly
maintains his calibre or that of
Loree. The other artists h a v e
dabbled in the art of ceramics,
sometimes succeeding in s m a 11
details, but generally presenting
trite motifs in a supposedly in-
Acombination of ceramic and
aluminum is attacked by John
Stephenson. His work is the
most daring, leaving the tradi-
tional areas of ceramic and
delving into a sculpture attempt.
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But his work lacks dynamism
where it seems to be striving for
it and it lacks the simple grace
of Abernathy's vases. What it
does have is ingenuity, and for
this reason becomes interesting.
Suzanne Stephenson's work is
smooth and clean. She calls her
objects "domed vases." But, if
you just think about the shape
of a domed vase, you come back
to that old modernistic theme of
eroticism swathed in what ever
it can be swathed in.
Tom Larkin's compilations in
black ceramic are at once inter-
esting, but only for about that
long. They lack any real creativi-
ty. In fact, they seem only to be
more rustic works patterned af-
terned after an Italian artist
who creates houses and people
much in the same manner.
And of course, just 1i k e in
Stanger's, (that new-found art-
museum), the works are mostly
for sale. But now you get to say
that you bought them in Alumni
Hall - doesn't that have a nice
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