The Tom Myott Gallery located in the Glens Falls Shirt Factory building is a beautifully designed and installed exhibition space. All aspects have been carefully conceived and finely executed on par with, though much smaller than, standard
The four young artists, collective classmates while enrolled as Bachelor of Fine Arts students at The New York State College of Ceramics at
Thaddeus Powers, the initiator of this particular collaborative show, with a studio located on-site at the Glens Falls Shirt Factory, has circulated in the region for the last several years since graduating from Alfred in 2003. Apprenticing with Regis Brodie at
For this exhibition Powers has called in some fine friends to deliver a welcome shot of vitality to the local scene. Each of them employ forms, colors and layering strategies indicative of a strong background in historical ceramics and complimented by an eye for contemporary design.
Powers’ work displays handsome, strong bold form with variations of strict pattern and loose brushwork. These simple, generous forms act as strong palettes for extensively patterned surfaces of deep gold, russet orange and light blue. The fleur-de-lis motif repeats throughout much of the work and Powers states, “Pattern has the ability to transcend cultural and lingual barriers”. Power’s personal vision stands out most clearly in his fat-spouted teapot forms.
Stacey Esslinger earned her BFA in 2005. Studying ceramics in
Esslinger’s approach to pottery-making is vastly different than her fellow exhibitors. She uses ‘a variety of fabrics, textiles, and molds of knitting; pressing the fabric into the clay. Using techniques similar to sewing, the seams and darts are joined together creating a three dimensional form’. The artist’s deft handling of this technique creates soft voluminous forms embossed with subtle patterned textures. The forms range from trays, butter dishes and espresso sets to mugs, spice jars and flower bricks.
Meg Oliver, currently residing in
The work represented thus far at Tom Myott is tame in scope but high in quality and brings an expanded range of visual art to the
Tom Myott Gallery
Exhibit Dates / October 30th - Dec 23rd
Thursdays thru Saturdays
12pm ~ 7pm or by appointment