Medalta | Yuill Gallery
October 19, 2017 – January 30, 2018
Reception: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6 – 8 pm
The Medalta DISH exhibition will be held from October 19th –January 30th in Medalta’s Yuill Gallery as well as online. The reception will be held on Thursday November 9th, from 6-8pm. We hope you can join us that night where we will be announcing the Grand Prize winner and purchase prizes, but if you can’t make it in person that night we will also be posting live on Medalta’s Instagram feed.
Julia Galloway’s Juror Statement
What a pleasure reviewing all of the entries for the “DISH” exhibition. The work was wonderfully diverse, a great display of making and surface techniques as well as ideas and concepts. The entries clearly represented and reflected what is happening in contemporary ceramics today.
Ahh….a dish, it is not a cup, or a pitcher or a vase, a dish, large or small, is an object to serve from or contain in a way that is often celebratory! Now of course, we can serve out of a pitcher, or contain in a vase, but we would not say – pass me that dishful of gladiolas! No, a dish is a dish.
In reviewing the applications, I was struck by the surface decoration on the work. For the most part, the ornamentation was narrative in nature, or at least, not abstract or cherishing the phenomenon of glaze melt. This reflects the current trend on our field, with the growing accessibility of underglazes., firing control and dominance of ‘image as communication’ on social media.
There was a great deal of humor and technical mastery in the entries, which was a great pleasure. There were some consistent struggles with quality of images and perhaps fewer entries and more details included would have helped me better understand the work. However, over all I was lifted up by the energy and volume of the entries, and enjoyed the great pleasure of looking at pottery. Thank you for your application!