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Blair Clemo Artist Talk

District Clay Center
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Blair Clemo will talk about his vision for his dramatic new body of work highlighted in the solo show in District Clay Gallery: Shifting Site/Sight. He will discuss how his mash-up of styles and design is propelled by a deep interest and love for the history of ceramic art and, particularly, the history of the emblesshiment of functional ceramic ware.

Throughout his career, Blair has studied how ceramic design has reflected the prevailing cultural tastes and mores and through a single piece of his work, you can often see references to multiple historic periods.

In his latest work, Clemo has embraced color and geometry, mashing shapes, colors and designs in a stunning tour de force. Decorated with repeated concentric circles, they suggest that “our ceramic history is a moving target, no longer the exclusive language of one culture, but the ubiquitous, global language of porcelain itself—both ancient and contemporary.”

The genesis of show was a residency at Jingzhen, China which put Clemo in Jingzhen China, the epicenter of historic Chinese blue and white porcelain development, and spurred this dramatic new body of work. The show runs from March 30th to April 29th.

Clemo will be teaching a workshop on ceramic pottery made and emblessihed by press molds at the District Clay Center on April 28-29.


A. Blair Clemo is a potter and Assistant Professor of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his MFA in Ceramics at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in 2010.

Artist Residencies include: The Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Da Wang Culture Highland (Shenzhen, China), the Zentrum für Keramik (Berlin, Germany), The Jingdezhen International Studio (Jingdezhen, China), The Archie Bray Foundation Invited Artist Program (Helena, MT) and The International Ceramics Studio (Kecskemét, Hungary) funded by the 2013 NCECA International Partnership Grant.

​Clemo's utilitarian and installation work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and abroad. Recent exhibitions include: Moving Target (solo) at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Call & Response at the Tweed Museum, Contemporary Clay: A Survey of Contemporary American Ceramics at the Western Carolina University Fine Arts Museum and Dining and Discourse at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.