Art Galleries
The Many Faces of Mud

Duane Bastian – Dr. Duane Bastian has exhibited in numerous national and international juried exhibitions. His work won “Best of Show” in the 85th Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art. He states, “The images and forms of my work are designed to elicit an awareness of the natural forms and objects, commonly available, yet seldom recognized as worthy of attention and encourage a closer encounter with our natural surroundings.” He taught Art Education at the Toledo Museum of Art for the University of Toledo from 1971 to1999, retiring as Professor Emeritus. 

 

Rex Fogt and Linda Ziemke - Over the past five years Fogt and Ziemke have been generating collaborative works in addition to their own ceramic pieces. Each artist works on the same piece but at separate times, taking turns until both artists feel the work is finished.  The extended time and labor adds a totally new dimension to their creative approach.

 

John Leyland - Leyland produces large, hand-built, sculptural forms based on Neolithic artifacts and minimalist geometry. While exhibiting sculpture he continues to make pots. Since receiving his Masters degree John has taught at Miami University and at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. He is currently the Ceramics Studio Coordinator for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and an adjunct instructor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.

 

Gregg Luginbuhl – Luginbuhl’s mix of sculptural and functional forms exhibit a variety of approaches to the ceramic process: stoneware and porcelain “rustic decanters”; painted earthenware sculpture; raku-fired pedestal and wall pieces; and high-fired functional forms. Rustic Decanter Series, Farm Bureau, and Feeding Frenzy Sculptures will highlight the exhibition.

Jim Lutomski – Lutomski works in a wide variety of materials which all revolve around his attraction to clay’s complexity, its process, and its flexibility. His work is “mostly experimental, intuitive invention, based on random components and decision making selection.” He considers working with clay a primordial act, one which activates inspiration and generates creativity.