Kathy Erteman is a ceramic artist and designer who works out of Manhattan creating vessels and architectural wall pieces. She’s a full-time studio artist and a has been part time teacher at the Parsons School of Design. She’s also been a guest lecturer at The Brooklyn Museum, SUNY New Paltz and the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. She currently teaches at Greenwich House Pottery.
Last year, The Brooklyn Rail heaped praise on an exhibition of hers at the George Billis Gallery in New York. They picked at a thread in this body of work, saying it’s indicative of what a master ceramist can accomplish with vessels that eschew utility, noting that her forms, “defy gravity,” “soar” and enclose space within their profiles. They state of her exhibition:
“In her current exhibition Erteman is showing three forms: bottles, buckets, and horizontally stretched buckets. It would be ridiculous to use one of her “buckets” to hold water, even white roses, or anything less rarefied than air. They are meditations on the elegant functionality of a commonplace tin bucket. This approach, the non-functional derived from the functional, is not unique in the current ceramic dialog. There is no reference to the millennia of Mediterranean ceramic traditions. Nor the heady chroma of Chinese porcelain. Nor the rustication of Japanese Mingei pottery. Instead, the artist pushes the work in a different direction: North. She revels in a synthesis of mid-century northern European sensibilities: Dutch, English, German, Austrian, Scandinavian. Erteman creates straightforward, clean, historically modern expressions.”
Photographs of her minimal buckets from this exhibition are included below.
Featured image: Kathy Erteman, Swerve, 2013
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