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Artist: Melanie Sherman


Artist: Melanie Sherman
Melanie Sherman, MISSOURI
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My work references exclusive and precious porcelain wares from 18th-century Europe. In my designs I try to capture the qualities for which porcelain has been known since its discovery in China: whiteness, translucency, and resonance. I am attracted to the enameled and lustered surfaces of the Baroque, Renaissance and Rococo porcelain designs, as well as to elaborations on structural elements of these time periods. I am investigating surface decorations and embellished shapes in order to gain more knowledge for my own studio practice. I am interested in incorporating and referencing historic drawings, motives, and patterns into my work. I am using general shapes, often mass-produced objects, such as tableware and vases; some I designed and produced during my time in China, others are available for purchase all over Jingdezhen. These forms are generic and serve their purpose well as a canvas for further research, inspiration, and my future delivery of surface decoration.

Studying the history of ceramics I have been captivated by the relationship between East and West, and how they continue to influence each other, especially through the ceramic arts. Although there might be considerable differences between the two civilizations, the cultural exchange between them is an important connector of history and has produced a long and rich exchange of ideas between artists and makers. Asian craft traditions have been handed down to the West and the handmade aspect, even within the factory setting, is still an important concept that allows for control of design and quality by the artist, which is essential within craft of the West.

EDUCATION
2014 Bachelors in Fine Arts, Ceramics, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri *Valedictorian GPA: 3.9

2011 Professional Technical Communications, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 SCHEMA: A Journey Through Traditional Patterns and Imagery, Belger Crane Yard Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
Transposed Concepts, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, Colorado

EXHIBITIONS
2017 Bray Days, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

2016 Resident Artists, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon

2016 Archie Bray at the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, Washington

Designed + Crafted 2016, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center & Signature Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

Recent Acquisitions to the Archie Bray Permanent Collection, North Gallery, The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

Resident Artist Exhibition 2016, Warehouse Gallery, The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

Summer Invitational 2016, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Every Semester, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Go for Baroque: Opulence and Excess in Contemporary Art, Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

György’s Life Changing Hungarian Adventure: Special Artists Use a Special Material at ICS, The Drugstore, Kansas City, Missouri

Home Base, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, Missouri

International Orton Cone Box Show, Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

Pop-Up Gallery, Cerbera Gallery & The Nevica Project, Kansas City, Missouri

Red – HotShop, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

Sexy Pots, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2015 Decalcomania, Reese Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri

Emerging Clay: Kansas City, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR

LÉNYEG | ESSENCE, Kápolna Galéria, International School of Ceramics, Kecskemét, Hungary

2014 2014 KCAI Annual BFA Exhibition, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, Missouri

Add|Mix, , Juried Ceramic Exhibition, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

HotShop, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, Milwaukee School of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI

Nebraska National Collegiate Juried Art Exhibition, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

Spoon Me, Medalta's International Spoon Show, Medalta, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

The Clay Cup: Vessel, Icon, Canvas, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

2013 Earth Moves: Shifts in Ceramic Art and Design, National Exhibition, NCECA and Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, Colorado

Hot Box, Juried Ceramic Exhibition, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

Köszönöm Szépen, Visiting Artist Exhibition, Kápolna Galéria, International School of Ceramics, Kecskemét, Hungary

Medalta International Cup Show, Medalta, Yuill Family Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

Objectivity, Juried Ceramic Exhibition, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

2012 EXPO No 82, Juried Ceramic Exhibition, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

Flux, Juried Ceramic Exhibition, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
International Cup 2012, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, Montana

The Cup: 50 Artists, 250 Interpretations, ARTcetera, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois

2011 30th Annual Student Arts Competition, The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois

2010 2010 Skyway Juried Art Exhibition, Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, Oakton Community College, Oakton, Illinois

29th Annual Student Arts Competition, The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois

2009 Members Exhibition, The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois

28th Annual Student Arts Competition, The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois

HONORS | REWARDS
2016 Windgate Charitable Foundation Scholarship, Summer Resident of

Exceptional Merit, Windgate Charitable Foundation

2014 AMACO/Brent Purchase Award, NCECA, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Cup of Merit Award, 22nd Annual NCECA Cup Sale, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

McKeown Special Project Award, Byron and Deanne McKeown, Kansas City, Missouri

Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship, The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Windgate Fellowship Award, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Asheville, North Carolina

2013 Student Purchase Award, Ceramics Art and Perception / Ceramics Technical, Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

2012-14 Dean’s List, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

2011 Phoebe Boyd Scholarship Award, Lake County Arts League, Lake County, Illinois

2010 Art League Scholarship Merit Award, Lake County Arts League, Lake County, Illinois

2009 Steve Mendelson Memorial Award, Ken and Carol Mendelson, Grayslake, Illinois

2008-11 Dean’s List, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois

RESIDENCIES
2016 Summer Resident Artist, The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

Fall Resident Artist, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado

2015 Resident Artist, International School of Ceramics, Kecskemét, Hungary

2014 Resident Artist, The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China

2013 Resident Artist, International School of Ceramics, Kecskemét, Hungary


VISITING LECTURER | ARTIST TALK | WORKSHOPS
2016 The Art Base, Basalt, Colorado

The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia

The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas

2015 Belger Craneyard Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

2014 The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2016 - present Gallery Owner, Cerbera Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

2014 - present Studio Artist, Kansas City, Missouri

2013 Studio Assistant/Intern, Chandra DeBuse, Kansas City, Missouri

2012 Teacher Assistant to Dan Anderson, Penland, North Carolina

2009-11 Studio Assistant, College Of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois

PUBLICATIONS
2016 "Culture Mashup: Contemporary China Painting", Technical Article (page 39-42), Pottery Making Illustrated, January/February 2016, The American Ceramic Society, Westerville, Ohio

Potters Council Calendar, General Entry Collection (January), Potters Council, The American Ceramic Society, Westerville, Ohio

2015 Exposure, Page 16, Ceramics Monthly, November 2015, The American Ceramic Society, Westerville, Ohio

2014 Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship Travel Report, NCECA Journal 2014, Volume 35, HKM Direct Market Communications, Cleveland, Ohio

2014 Ceramic Arts Yearbook 2014, Page 43, The American Ceramic Society, Westerville, Ohio

2011 Potters Council Calendar, Alternative Firing Collection (December), Potters Council, The American Ceramic Society, Westerville, Ohio

2009-11 Prairie Voices – A Collection of Student Writings/Art, College Of College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois

COLLECTIONS
Permanent Collection of The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena , Montana

NCECA Permanent Collection, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Erie, Colorado

Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

Nemzetközi Kerámia Stúdió Museum Collection, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary

Private Collection of Richard Belger and Evelyn Craft, Kansas City, Missouri


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