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February 3, 2015

6:30 PM




Talk About Art at Tweed!


Join other art lovers for an evening of lively discussion, be the first to see new acquisitions, and be inspired by our masterpieces! Tweevenings will be held every other month, on the first Tuesday of the month. Faculty, students and community members are invited to choose work to be discussed!





Tuesday, December 2, 2014

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Tweed Museum of Art




This is our second Tweevenings presentation based on the current ceramics exhibition

Resurfaced and Reformed: Evolution in Studio Ceramics.


The Art of Majolica with Karin Kraemer


Karin Kraemer is a local ceramic artist who has a studio, the Duluth Pottery (Superior Division)

in historic old city hall, the Trade and Commerce Marketplace, in Superior, WI. Karin is known

for her brightly colored Majolica ware of functional pots and tiles. Her designs of farm produce,

garden flowers, bees and fish seem to be a favorite among her collectors. Her piece Bee

Mandala is currently on view at Tweed, as part of the exhibition Resurfaced and Reformed:

Evolution in Studio Ceramics.


She specializes in Majolica, a hand-painted tin-glazed technique and will thus discuss it as part

of the grouping: Clay as Canvas from the ceramics exhibition at Tweed.



Clay as Canvas


With the mid-century shift to training artists (and ceramists) in the university, rather than by apprenticeship, came an exposure to visual art mainstream aesthetics as part of the curriculum. Early in the 20th century, and especially in his later ceramics, Picasso* had first shown the way to an incorporation of two-dimensional information on a three-dimensional form.


Robert Rauschenberg’s 1950s combines similarly demonstrated the fusion of 2-D and 3-D sensibilities. Not unsurprisingly, ceramicists in this milieu were not slow to see the potentialities for a medium that previously contained both sculptural and decorative traditions.


Ceramists such as Jun Kaneko* and Akio Takamori* used the entire surface of the ceramic vessel to create fields of pattern or descriptive space. Exuberant painted decoration was taken to new intensities by majolica ceramists Linda Arbuckle* and Karin Kraemer*. A similar abundance of painterly color can be seen in the raku work of Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti*.


Mechanical means of image transfer, such as silk-screen printing, first introduced into art by way of Pop Art, found their way into the late 20th century ceramics vocabulary, seen here in works by Glyde Wheeler* and Scott Rench*, whose relief slab incorporates imagery taken from the Macintosh operating system of the 1990s with a variety of other images used in a postmodern appropriate mode. Similarly postmodern in its approach to image and text is the work of James Klueg*.



Click the links to view more about Karin Kraemer:


Ennyman's Territory: Tweevenings at the Tweed: Karin Kraemer To Discuss Majolica


Ennyman's Territory: Karin Kraemer Talks About Pottery and the Upcoming Empty Bowl Fundraiser


You Tube Video: PlayList Season 5 Episode 1 - Karin Kraemer




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