Lineage: Mentorship & Learning highlights the impact and importance of the teacher/student relationship. This exhibition illustrates the thread connecting multiple generations of ceramic artists from Peter Voulkos to today’s students.
For decades there has been an impressive variety and strength in California’s colleges and universities ceramic programs. AMOCA invited 25 current educators from the state to participate in Lineage. In addition to inviting the educators to exhibit their own work in the show, we asked them to identify their most influential instructors or mentors and to nominate their most promising students or recent alumni. A panel then reviewed the nominations and selected the artists to include in the exhibition. The artwork in Lineage ranges from functional to sculptural with the artists exploring a wide range of forms, techniques and narratives.
AMOCA is proud to feature the work of the past, present, and future of ceramics and education.
Su Young Arnold
Timothy Berg &
Patrick S. Crabb
Jessica Rae Crocker
Benjamin Joseph Dunmire
John W. Hopkins
Stephen L. Horn
Jungmok Sona Lee
Monica Van Den Dool
Mary Cale A. Wilson
John Wood II
I am interested in what it means to be human and our emotional connections to other creatures and the natural world. I am captivated in the way natural habitats are delicately and tenuously woven together, dependent on complex relationships and conditions. As humans we are both the most capable adapters to new environments while also the most destructive and invasive element. I aim to show ideas of interconnectedness through human and animal emotions of frustration, conflict and contemplation. I want to show how human and animal fates are infinitely bound together and how the stresses we invoke create uncertainty in our rapidly changing environment.
In this ambitious show from an ensemble of prolific and visionary artists, all of whom live and work in Oakland, the world is imagined as a space between locations, a line between two points, a journey and not a destination. These seven artists have set out to tackle disparate, even transient, notions of mystic identity through the use of their professional craft. It could be said that what holds this group of artists together, most obviously, is the use of the powerfully-graphic line in the employment of the human figure. Whether it is Lauren Napolitano’s lyrical use of patterns across gentle renderings of human hands, or Jake Watling’s whimsical sense of character balanced against subconscious, narrative stories, all of these artists understand the media-power of the beautifully-made image and its ability to convey underlying meaning. This show represents a huge swath of the recent work from all the included artists, and all of it will be for sale directly from the artist.
Michael Campbell, Steve Ferrera, Crystal Morey, Yosiell Lorenzo, Calvin Ma, Emma SanCartier (Odd Fauna), Matt Ritchie, Masako Miki, Shea Brittain (Frankenfactory), Miles Ritchie, Alice Koswara, Erika Sanada, Brooke Fletcher (Feral Artery), Eric Broers, doubleparlour