Scattered Geometry: The Ceramics of Jenny Swanson and Holly Walker
The Ceramics of Jenny Swanson and Holly Walker
White River Gallery
Opening Reception with Artists’ Talk; July 13, 5-7
June 24 – September 6, 2019
Curated by Dian Parker
Jenny Swanson’s high-fire, black wall pieces are inspired by the hundreds of floating lotuses she was intrigued by during her residency in Shangyu, China. Also on view are her unglazed, low-fire sculptural vessels carbonized in saggars, in bottle and funnel-like forms. Swanson’s innovative work gracefully curves and undulates.
In contrast, Holly Walker’s terracotta forms are Shakeresque and utilitarian. Rolled coils of clay are glazed with bold colors that are playful, saturated, and luminous. Walker’s painterly designs are geometric, floral, and sometimes alphabetical. Walker’s colorfully patterned rectangular palettes and disc shapes are the foil to Jenny Swanson’s silky black and white ceramics.
Jenny Swanson is the director of The Ceramics Studio at Dartmouth College for the past 14 years. Her work is in the collection of Shangyu Museum, China, and in public and private collections in Turkey, UK, South Korea and USA. She studied ceramics with Jane Aebersold and Stanley Rosen at Bennington College, and with Jun Kaneko at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Holly Walker was the Executive Director of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (ME), as well as Educational Outreach Director and Archivist at Penland School of Crafts (NC). She has taught at Rhode Island School of Design and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Walker’s work is in the John Bullard Collection, Ceramics Collection of David and Louise Rosenfield, Gail M. Brown, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, and San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. Walker received her MFA in Ceramics from Louisiana State University.
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