Ceramic dynamic in Manhattan Beach

“More Than a Bad Hair Day,” by Stacey Wexler

Feat of Clay

“Architecture of Touch” in local art center

“Lucky Cat,” by Mitsuko Ikeno

by Bondo Wyszpolski

It’s probably one of the last art shows with limited access for the public, but “Architecture of Touch” highlights recent work by the instructors, staff, and students of the ceramics studio and pottery program that the City of Manhattan Beach initiated in the late 1970s. Among the featured artists: Lowell Nickel, Mitsuko Ikeno, Stacey Weber, Shane Foley, Eric Brinkman, and Eilen Stewart, plus a selection of work by way of the youth and teen ceramics program for young people ages 6 to 17.

The results vary, more biomorphic than architectural perhaps, but either way boundaries are pushed and explored and the key word seems to be malleability. As the show explains, “Clay is transformed into pottery as the material is manipulated, dried and fired.” Furthermore, “Through a transformative process from soft to hard, pottery tells a story about who made it and where it came from.” We can hear this story through June 17.

“Tableau,” by Eric Brinkman

The Manhattan Beach Art Center is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach. Gallery hours, Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. (310) 802-5440 or visit citymb.info. ER

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Written by: Bondo Wyszpolski

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