The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will host an exhibition titled “Variable Vessels,” which will feature contemporary ceramics curated by Florida artist Matthew Schiemann.
Matthew Schiemann is a second-generation potter that grew up watching and helping his dad create ceramic works. This early exposure taught Matt to appreciate the handmade object and eventually to choose the field of ceramics for himself. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Sculpture and Ceramics from Ashland University in 2005 and his Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2009.
While in graduate school, Matt worked as Harris Deller’s personal assistant and as a Teaching Assistant for the wheel throwing and industrial design courses. During this time, he began building his own body of work focused on functional pottery fired in atmospheric kilns.
After graduating from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Matt was accepted as an artist in residence at the St. Petersburg Clay Company. Shortly after being accepted as A.I.R. Matt became an adjunct professor at Eckerd College for PEL program’s ceramics department. In October of 2010, Matt became co-owner/director of the St. Petersburg Clay Company.
Featured ceramic artists include Adam Yungbluth FL, Amy Chase KY, KyoungHwa Oh CO, Yoshi Fujii MD, Nigel and Cheyenne Rudolph FL, Branan Mercer AL, Bethany Benson PA and Matthew Schiemann FL.
The exhibition will run from Sept.26 through October 26. An opening reception is planned for Thursday, Sept. 26; from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Matthew Schiemann will be giving an artist talk during the opening reception at 5:00pm.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and is free and open to the public. For more information about the reception or exhibition, call 419.289.5652 or visit us on Facebook.