Free and open to the public
Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6:00–9:30pm
Exhibitions on view March 11–April 4
Lost & Found: Reitz + Gustin Collaborations
Bridging between solitary and collaborative accomplishments. This ceramics exhibition will highlight a selection by each artist, and five of the “Lost Works” posthumous collaborations. Learn more about these artists, Don Reitz and Chris Gustin.
Curated by Peter Held.
- Don Reitz was a virtuosic thrower, and charismatic educator, spending more than 25 years teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent his final years in Arizona, where he continued to work, and through constant reinvention and originality, he extended the definition and potential of the ceramic arts. Widely collected and exhibited.
- Chris Gustin is the son of a ceramic tile manufacturer and has spent his life immersed in the ceramic arts. He works out of his studio in Massachusetts where he is able to create both studio pottery and tile. His studio pottery strives to forge connections to the human figure. Meanwhile, he remains connected to the function by creating ceramic tiles. Chris was able to support Don, who, after life-threatening heart surgery in 2007, realized his physical stamina meant he would need to rely on studio assistants. Chris notes, that working together was a gift that keeps giving. “We’ve spent countless hours at the wood kiln, firing, talking, eating, laughing and reminiscing. What drives it all is the work, the pots that we’re firing and the ones that have yet to be made. It’s a wonderful thing to be reminded of how lucky we are to work in clay.”
Learn more about the exhibition also on view in the gallery, Kindred Spirits.