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Ceramic artware: elegant and eloquent.

Because damp clay is so commonplace, we may be inclined to take it for granted. Naturally, this would be a mistake. An exhibition of ceramic artworks from Germany recently held at the Campbell Museum of Camden, New Jersey demonstrated the variety of this medium. The pieces on display demonstrated dozens of ways in which clay was treated creatively for the sake of making modern sculpture and various kinds of functional and decorative products for use at home and elsewhere. For those who delight in seeing fine artisanship joined with keen invention and profound personal expression, it was a beautiful presentation ... a feast for the eye and a pleasure for the soul.

The heart of the exhibition was an offering of more than a dozen inspired pieces by the most eminent names involved with making fine objects of clay in German speaking lands today. They were loaned from the permanent holdings of the Keramion Center for Ceramic Art, home of the Dr. Gottfried Cremer collection, a growing accumulation of outstanding examples of this genre. Rich with aesthetic diversity, they reflected the major directions currently pursued in the medium by mature talents in Germany as well as elsewhere. In all of the objects displayed, one could see contemporary workers in the field placing a high premium on original thinking and absolutely nothing less than uncompromising excellence in the execution of their ideas.

While the exhibition brought the field of ceramic work in Germany into very sharp focus, the creative orientation of the contemporary examples have their counterpart elsewhere, in countries all over the world. Consequently, the universal overtones of the show gave this presentation a decidedly profound global significance.

Dr. Burton Wasserman is a professor of art at Glassboro State College, New Jersey.
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Author:Wasserman, Burton
Publication:School Arts
Date:Nov 1, 1992
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