Sunday, December 4, 2011


Ann Tsubota: A Passion for Clay

WHEN: December 4-January 29, 2012
Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton

Ann Tsubota: A Passion for Clay includes diverse groups of work by this well-known ceramic artist. Ann Tsubota is the Chairperson of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Raritan Valley Community College, NJ and is represented by galleries in New York and New Jersey. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions from the 1970s to the present day. She holds an M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she had the opportunity to study and work with Ka Kwong Hui, an esteemed and innovative ceramic artist. (Left: Rococo 2000, Raku, 11 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches, Collection of the artist)

Ann Tsubota works in several clay materials: raku, stoneware and porcelain, and does low-and high-fire reduction in her studio kiln. A master of ceramic technique, she takes particular interest in investigating surface and glaze possibilities, often using traditional functional vessel forms for inventive and unexpected treatment and motifs. The surface becomes a skin for richly varied drawings, paintings, incision and relief. Tsubota's interests in history, politics and the contemporary world are reflected in the texts and images found on her vessels. Literature and poetry have frequently been inspiration for themes and series. Ann Tsubota's work is informed by her extensive knowledge of the ceramic traditions of many ancient and modern societies. Viewers may recognize this artist's sometimes witty response to venerated forms and shapes, as well as her deeply serious concern with today's issues. (Above: Shadow Map: Gagarin, Shepard, Glenn 2011, raku, Collection of Eileen Abel and Bill Luyster)

In conjunction with this exhibition, the Museum's education department will offer a workshop titled Form & Surface: Ceramics Workshop with Ann Tsubota. This two-day workshop taught by Ann Tsubota is offered in partnership with Raritan Valley Community College and will take place at RVCC on January 8 from 10 AM to 3 PM and on January 15 from 10 AM to 1 PM. The focus of the class will be handbuilding and glazing. Tuition is $155 or $135 for museum members. Those who register on or before January 10 will save $10. Pre-registration is necessary. For more information or to register, visit or call 908.735.8415.

Photos by Craig Philips