Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island;/br>
April 2 through 28
Ceramic artists Derek Harding and Jason Green share a friendship, a medium and a common vocation; they are both Massachusetts high school art instructors. This exhibition, curated by RIC Associate Professor of Art Bryan Steinberg, positions these two artists, working in such parallel realms, at the fork of a seemingly common path diverging in the results of their labor.
Both artists employ creative moldmaking techniques derived from historical industrial practices. Harding’s modular “Saddle” was created while in
residency at Kohler Co., the nation’s leading manufacturer of plumbingware.
Green discovered an affinity for brickmaking while in residence at Maine’s
Watershed Ceramics Center, the site of a former brick factory.
While the word “clay” evokes images of messy handprints and the warm mud
of wheelwork, Harding prefers things smooth — his medium of choice is
slip cast porcelain. The casting process enables Harding to create pristine forms devoid of fingerprints, in a fine balance of precious vs. industrial. To achieve this finish, however, he employs many hand intensive