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For 21 years, Strictly Functional Pottery National (SFPN) has showcased the best in contemporary American functional ceramics. Hundreds of potters from across the United States answered the call for entries to this year's SFPN hoping to be accepted to the exhibition. From more than 1,500 ceramic works, juror Jim Connell has selected the top 100 pieces to be exhibited at the upcoming show in Lancaster, PA.
The Opening Reception for this year's SFPN is Friday, September 13, 2013 at Kevin Lehman's Pottery, 560 S. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA, from 6 pm to 9 pm. This gala reception will offer guests the first opportunity to view the exhibition and purchase pieces, enjoy music and gourmet food as well as a talk, slide show and gallery walk and talk with Jim Connell. Admission to the Opening Reception is $15.
The exhibition will open free to the public from Saturday, September 14, through Saturday, November 2. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm; and Sunday, 12 to 4 pm.
Connell has been working in ceramics since 1975 and has been Professor of Ceramics at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina for 26 years. Connell creates pottery distinctive for its color and shape in stoneware, porcelain and Raku. Connell's experience in ceramics has earned him an international reputation. His pottery can be found in 8 museums, including the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Taipei County Yingge Ceramic Museum in Taiwan and the Yixing Ceramic Museum in China.
Speaking about the selection process in his juror statement, Connell noted, "Picking the show was enjoyable and relatively easy. I picked the pieces based on three things I find important for a successful piece of pottery: color (or surface), form and creativity. Of course, there are two other very important measurements to consider: craftsmanship and function but these are simply impossible to judge from a 2-dimensional image. I definitely tried to pick pieces that looked well-crafted and were fully functional but only a 'hands-on' approach will reveal their true nature"
In addition to his presentation during the Opening Reception, Connell will present a one-day workshop on Saturday, September 14 from 9 am to 5 pm at Kevin Lehman's Pottery. This workshop is open to the public with admission of $50, which includes admission to the Opening Reception. For workshop reservations, contact Kevin Lehman at Kevin@klpottery.com or 717-509-7547.
SFPN originated and is presented by the Market House Craft Center. The Market House Craft Center is affiliated with the PA Guild of Craftsmen. It is a nonprofit, educational, all-volunteer organization dedicated to quality crafts and craftsmanship. SFPN is co-chaired by Lancaster County potters, Amy Burk and Kevin Lehman.
Sponsors of the 21st Annual SFPN are the American Art Clay Co. (AMACO), Bailey Pottery Equipment Corp., Central PA Potters Group, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Clay Times Magazine, Clayworks Supplies, Harrisburg Area Community College, Jean Lehman, Joanne Cassaro Design, Kevin Lehman's Pottery, Mayor of Lancaster, L&L Kiln Mfg., Inc., Laguna Clay Co., Lancaster Designer Craftsmen, Law Offices of Zimmerman, Pfannebecker, Nuffort & Albert, LLC, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, the Pocono Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Skutt Ceramic Products and Standard Ceramic Supply Company.
For additional information, please contact Kevin Lehman at Kevin@klpottery.com or 717-509-7547.