Article by Rob Lehr
In its 10th installment, “CUP: The Intimate Object ” showcases an impressive selection of over 200 ceramic artists from all over North America. In previous years, The Charlie Cummings Gallery has featured the exhibit exclusively on their website but this is the first year it can also be experienced in person at their gallery located at 2040 NW 6th st in Gainesville, FL.
Richard Peterson from Akron, Ohio is among the selected ceramic artists on display.
“If you would have told me a year or two ago that I would be accepted into THIS show, I would have laughed in your face. It means the world to me to have my art featured among such talent in one of the largest cup shows of the year.” says, Peterson.
Peterson is a current student at the University of Akron studying ceramics at Myers School of Art. He was featured in the Clever Little Devils exhibit at The Box Gallery last winter.
Peterson exclaims, “This show has a great variety of cup art: style, design, form, functionality, and absolute attention to detail!”
He really isn’t joking. You can scroll from page to page and see everything from beautifully glazed vessels to charming illustrated pieces like Peterson’s creations. If you are a ceramic artist, it is a great website to find inspiration. If you are a fan of ceramics, this is THE place to shop!
Over 1,000 cups are featured online, so make yourself a cup of tea and find your new favorite. You may want to hurry though, because you only have until October 24. Other artists on display include educators and young contemporaries such as Ben Carter, Linda Arbuckle, Adam Field, Jason Burnett, Chandra Debuse, Carole Epp, Sue Tirrell, Perry Haas, Mariana Baquero, Jessica Brandell, Lauren Karle, Rob Kohlhouse, Catie Miller, and many more.
If you fall in love with some of the designs showcased online, then you are in luck. Peterson announced that he is curating an exhibit with all ceramicists at Land of Plenty Gallery entitled “Cups of Plenty” opening December 5, 2014. He confirmed that some of the featured online artists will be shipping their work to Akron for the show. Check back on Curatorial Collective’s website for more details about the upcoming exhibit.