In Tandem Gallery offers one of the best selections of ceramics,
jewelry and art from all over America and beyond.
Middle of the Month' Show: Being in Touch
End - November 15th
One of the primary qualities of ceramics is its feel; literally!
Getting work that is beautiful visually and/or functionally is great BUT ceramics is so often interacted with physically. How something feels against the skin is of huge importance. We touch it with our hands; press it against our lips; hold it; caress it; and get to know its texture and tactile qualities. This show is all about that one, wonderful, intimate thing. We so hope you get to experience it too - daily.
September Exhibition: Raine Middleton
End - October 31th
Our show for month of October is the wonderful sgraffito work of Raine Middleton. Raine is a native of the area and currently lives and works in Denver, NC. Though her forms are influenced by traditional NC pottery, Raine's focus is definitely on surface design – taking inspiration from nature with a hint of asian/textile influence. Her wheel thrown, porcelain pots are decorated with a process called sgraffito (carving through a layer of color to the clay body below) and fired in a salt kiln which adds a softness to the surface.
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 >>