In Tandem Gallery offers one of the best selections of ceramics,
jewelry and art from all over America and beyond.
Ron Meyers is one of the most iconic and well known ceramic artists of America.
"I think you can stay within a utilitarian form and still have room to make plenty of statements. People always ask me whether I'm a potter or an artist. I just say that I make pots but try to make them in an artistic way. Working in clay and making functional pottery has never been a problem for me. I have never felt the need to dismiss or disregard the concept of function because it was something less than art. I have never found making useful pieces confining or restrictive. In fact, I find that the opposite seems true. The longer I stay involved the more alternatives and possibilities there are that seem to present themselves. Along with the functional aspects of the piece, I strive to have the end product reflect my own sensitivity and awareness to the material itself and its traditions. The pieces that I'm most pleased with are those that come closest to best integrating the form and surface, the spontaneity and fluidity of the clay along with the object's use.
Working with red earthenware clay, my functional pots are made in a casual and spontaneous manner hoping to reflect the juiciness of the material as well as the pleasure of the process. Both the narrative colored slip paintings and the drawings that re directly etched in the clay in a gestural, expressionistic manner are meant to be humorous, provocative and confrontational. For the past thirty some years I have tried to go to the studio every day and hope that something positive happens from my efforts there."
Being a gallery that specializes in exceptional, functional, ceramic art, we are regularly contacted by ceramic collectors and people who just love pottery. One of the issues many of them have is that they have collected ceramic work to the point that they can no longer manage the amount and or have to downsize due to life situations. In Tandem Gallery has been able to acquire quite a range of work from numerous estates and collections which include work of some of the best known and loved contemporary ceramic artists. These pieces are limited in that the artists may or may not be regular ceramicists we represent here at the gallery and may have been created in a certain style or time of their lives that denotes their growth and change as their careers developed. The constant for all of them is that they were all cherished by someone with a connection to the ceramic world and will hopefully live on as gems in other collectors homes or collectors yet to be.
✔ Blog - "Soda firing"
Soda firing is a fairly recent way of changing work in the kiln via the atmosphere. It was developed in the 1970’s because it was thought to be a safer way of adding sodium to a kiln then the more historic method of throwing salt into it. For both soda ash (Na2CO3) AND salt (NaCl) the sodium molecule breaks away due to the heat in the kiln to coat everything – kiln shelves, ceramic work, bricks, et. - with a layer of soda glass. ... more >>