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Bone Creek unveils new pottery exhibit

March 1, 2019 GMT

Following its first-ever glass sculpture show, The Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art decided to continue the trend of firsts with its newest exhibit.

Ceramic sculptures and other works of clay from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Masters in Fine Arts Alumni Emily Reason, Normandy Alden and Autumn Cipala will be on display from Feb. 27 through April 28 at the museum, 575 E St. in David City. Their work will be joined by pieces from about a dozen local artists like Joan Cech, Jerene Kruse, Amy Tomasevicz, Nate Knott and Austin Schafer.

“I am excited that this is the first ceramic show we’ve ever done,” Museum Curator Amanda Mobley Guenther said. “It’s exciting to bring a new medium to the museum and it’s always exciting to have local arts that get the community involved.”

Every work on display at The Pottery Exhibition will be for sale. Prices range from $40 to around $2,000. All proceeds will go toward supporting the artists and the museum. Gabrielle Comte, the museum’s office and collections manager, said this is the first time the museum has hosted an exhibit completely made of pottery and ceramics. The goal of the show is to illustrate pottery’s link to agriculture.

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“We’re hoping to really focus on the intrinsic connection between ceramics and agriculture,” Comte said. “Because historically, ceramic work - specifically pottery - kind of originated around the same time as mankind began to settle and begin agricultural practices, they fell hand in hand. And so, we’re really hoping to focus on that element of pottery, the sort of historical connection between pottery and agriculture.”

The show’s three lead artists all have backgrounds in clay sculpting. Reason currently lives in North Carolina and her ceramic work is influenced by corn cribs and barns from her time spent in the Cornhusker state. Alden is originally from upstate New York where he started a joint venture as a potter and small-scale rancher at Cairncrest Farm. His art is directly inspired by his agrarian lifestyle. Cipala originates from mid-coast Maine and had her work featured on Martha Stewart’s blog in 2010. Her work is influenced by nature and the luminosity of translucent porcelain.

A closing reception will be held for the show from 2-4 p.m. on April 28. Live pottery wheel demonstrations will be present along with refreshments and artworks from local high school students. This will also serve as the last chance to buy any of the exhibit’s pieces.

Bone Creek’s next exhibit is Birger Sandzen Land of Color which will be on display from May 3 through July 28. The show will be comprised of a selection of original paintings from Swedish impressionist Birger Sandzen (1871-1954) on loan from the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.