Thanks to the National Council for the Education for Ceramic Arts conference coming up in Seattle (March 28-31) a lot of local galleries are mounting clay-based shows. One of the first ones open is at The Art Stop, housed in LeRoy Jewelers in downtown Tacoma: The gallery’s sixth annual Washington Clay Arts Association juried exhibit is up through April and features many innovative and thoughtful ceramic artists from the region and continent.
Right by the door are three imaginative sculptures by Eva Funderburgh. Two are of wood-fired stoneware, with the cloudy ochre raku-style glaze – a large and a small animal, humped like mountains with deliciously lumpy fungi growing out of their backs, unnoticed. In between them, vertically, is a small, antlered animal gazing eyelessly and wistfully at a wilting flower held in its paws. Read more »