St. Petersburg College Ceramics Department presents a ceramics demonstration workshop with MSG artist Gareth Mason Thursday, May 23rd, from 10am-4pm, free and open to the public. The SPC Ceramics studio is located at: The Crossroads Building, Room CR 132, St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater, Florida 33765. For more information, call 727-791-5997, or email Jonathan Barnes at Barnes.Jonathan@spcollege.edu
Gareth Mason is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association and Brother of the Art Workers Guild, London. His work is exhibited regularly in solo and group exhibitions both in England and Europe. In February 2011, his first solo exhibition in America, entitled ‘Other Forces,’ was held in the Jason Jacques Gallery in Manhattan. A short film about his practice entitled ‘White’ was awarded Grand Prix at the Projections D’Argile film festival, Montpellier, France in 2002. In 2006, he participated in the European Keramik Symposium, Gmunden, and the accompanying European touring exhibition.
A major solo exhibition entitled ‘An Unfolding Narrative’ was held in 2007 at Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House. He is a member of the International Association for Ceramic Art Education and Exchange and contributed to their conferences in Farnham (England), Nairobi (Kenya), and Icheon (Korea). His vessel, ‘Open’, received an Honorable Mention Award at the World Ceramic Biennale Exhibition, Yeoju, Korea 2009. Recent talks and demonstrations include: invited speaker at the 2008 CAAI International Ceramics Conference, Tel Hai, Israel; and Invited Speaker at 2009 Ege University International Art Days symposium, Izmir, Turkey. Mason also presented an address, ‘Fire, Ceramics Mystery, and Creativity’ in the Lecture Series at the 2011 Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Fair, Chicago, and was a Visiting Artist at California State University, Long Beach, in October of the same year.
His most recent shows include ‘Fire and Wax,’ a two-person exhibition with New York painter Martin Kline in 2012, and ‘Friendship Forged in Fire’ at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in 2013, his first exhibition in California. He lives and works in Hampshire, England.
The Mindy Solomon Gallery will be hosting an Opening Night Reception for Gareth Mason’s ceramic work on Saturday, May 26 from 6-9pm, with an artist’s talk at 6:30pm. This new exhibition, ‘Material Inspiration,’ runs through June 29th.