Architecture of Touch: Andy Brayman, Sanam Emami & Del Harrow

July 13th, 2015

Exhibition Installation, Architecture of Touch, Sanam Emami. Photo credit: E. G. Schempf

Haw Contemporary

3/20/2015 – 5/02/2015

Exhibition Images / Press Release (PDF)

The work of Sanam Emami, Andy Brayman, and Del Harrow explores themes of function and design, volume, containment, furniture, and the body, but always with a particular sensitivity to nuances of repetition and variation in line, form and mark.

In his essay “The Workmanship of Certainty and the Workmanship of Risk” from The Nature and Art of Workmanship, David Pye presents the relationship between making with tools and making by hand not as binary activities but as fluid continuum – a back and forth – that informs and influences the other. Pye argues for the persistence of handmade things through the innate human response to particular kinds of variation – like the subtle variation in form found in nature.

The artists in this show explore the nuance of repetition and variation in made things. While each artist works in several materials, their practices are grounded in the use of clay, the material that most directly records the mark of both tools and hands. Sometimes made directly through the manipulation of clay with the hand, each also incorporates a range of tooling and processes. While this variation is not always a direct product of the hand – sometimes emerging from a computer controlled machine, a decal, or the phenomena of a glaze – the particular sensitivity always points back to the proximity and structure of a thinking hand, revealing an architecture of touch.

Matthew Metz, Linda Sikora and Sanam Emami

October 14th, 2014


Reed-Smith Gallery + Online
September 5 through September 28, 2014

The Clay Studio is pleased to present an exhibition of pottery by three contemporary masters. Matthew Metz, Linda Sikora and Sanam Emami share a love of utility and history that they balance with lush, rewarding surfaces and classic forms.

Sanam Emami is a ceramic artist and an Assistant Professor of Pottery at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. She received a BA in History from James Madison University in Virginia, and an MFA in Ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics at Alfred University, resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, and has lectured at the Office for the Arts at Harvard University; the Kansas City Art Institute; Arizona State University Art Museum-Ceramic Research Center, and NCECA in Louisville, Kentucky. She received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Craft and her work has been in exhibitions at numerous galleries across the country including The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston; Greenwich House Pottery, New York City; The Art-Stream Nomadic Gallery; Northern Clay Center, Minnesota.

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Lineage: The Art of Mentorship (Counselor, Coach, Leader, Friend)

October 14th, 2014


View Exhibition Online Clay Art Center is pleased to present Lineage: The Art of Mentorship, curated by artist and educator Gail Kendall, this exhibition showcases artist-educators and their chosen protégés, exhibiting the importance and impact of the tutelage of the artists of our future.

Lineage: The Art of Mentorship highlights work by Artists from both in and out of academia as both have had a profound impact on clay culture.

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McKnight Residency

February 23rd, 2014

Wyoming Show