17 November 2019 – 03 May 2020
The exhibition Clay Today is a tribute to the five ceramicists who initiated CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art: Betty Engholm, Nina Hole, Niels Huang, Birgit Krogh and Peter Tybjerg.
In 1988 the five ceramicists formed the group Clay Today. Their goal was to arrange a ceramic event on international scale on Danish ground. They are inspired by the US where ceramic art was widely recognised as an independent art form and by the American ceramic artists who appeared to work more freely and less bound by traditions.
The symposium took place in July 1990 with the participation of 20 leading ceramicists from the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, Iceland, Norway and Denmark. During that month at Tommerup Teglværk (now: Tommerup Ceramic Workcenter), a brickyard on Funen, they exchanged experiences, discussed and experimented with the clay. The workshop made a huge impact on the Danish ceramic scene.
For the first time in 25 years the members of Clay Today are united in an exhibition. To put their work into perspective, this exhibition also presents some of the works made and exhibited during the symposium in 1990; works which represent that energy, vitality and force which united the Danish and foreign ceramicist at Tommerup brickyard in the summer of ceramics in 1990.
Besides Betty Engholm, Nina Hole, Niels Huang, Birgit Krogh and Peter Tybjerg the exhibition also present works by:
Frank Boyden, USA
Thomas Lane Coleman, USA
Marylyn Dintenfass, USA
Ron Fondaw, USA
James (Jim) Leedy, USA
Bjørn Kåre Nilssen, NO
Donald (Don) Reitz, USA
Paula Jean Rice, USA
Robert (Bob) Shay, USA
Charles (Chuck) E. Wissinger, Canada / USA