Since 1947, The Clay Studio in downtown Philadelphia has served as a nonprofit educational institution, gallery, and studio dedicated to the teaching, creation, support, and promotion of the ceramic arts. With the generous support of a prestigious Responsive Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation's Program for American Art, The Clay Studio has launched The Clay Studio Collection Project, documenting and researching the objects from its collection of contemporary ceramic art. The Clay Studio's Permanent Collection consists of more than 600 artworks made by emerging and established artists who have served as Guest Artists-in-Residence, Resident Artists, and teachers at The Clay Studio over the past 25 years. Representing overlap in their Collection by these superb artists, The Clay Studio is proud to offer lots 93-99 with sale proceeds to benefit the housing and care of its Permanent Collection.—Courtesy of Freeman's
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Michael Moore was a visiting artist at The Clay Studio in 2010. Moore builds objects by hand. His inspiration is drawn from visual sources such as coastlines and geological markings in landscape, exploring the shifts and changes marked by time. Less overtly, but as importantly he is interested in the anticipation of form, trying to gauge how the eye travels over sculpture, perhaps searching for a conclusion. He tries to quietly challenge that and explore the unease or uncertainty that challenge may create as he seems more fluent as an artist in the realm of abstraction. This work, "Conversations with Bill," refers to Moore's time in Philadelphia interacting with the work of William Daley, one of our cities treasures of ceramic art. Michael Moore is associated with many well-known institutions and organizations, such as; Ulster University, Belfast School of Art, International Academy of Ceramics, Musee Ariana, and serves as the International Alumni Chair of the Clay Studio Philadelphia.—Courtesy of Freeman's
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Property from The Clay Studio Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania