The work of Amedeo Salamoni, George School ceramics and sculpture teacher and Anderson/Walton Galleries coordinator, is being featured at Saratoga Clay Arts Center’s national juried exhibition, Playing with Fire: Altered Atmospheres, through April 24, 2021 in the Schacht Gallery. Amedeo’s work, a fluted sushi plate, is one of sixty-eight pieces selected from over several hundred entries. Juried by renown Massachusetts-based potter, Mark Shapiro, the selected works have been pulled from altered atmospheres – those changed by wood, smoke, salt, or the like.
“I make pottery because I love the process of its creation,” said Amedeo. “I pay close attention during each part of the process, in an effort to make vessels that are thoughtfully considered. This series of slab-built plates are a deviation from my usual wheel thrown vessels. They deal with form, space, volume, and texture. I have become very interested in landscapes recently, and these slab-built plates are like blank canvas waiting for the artist to paint. Unlike the painter, I use the process of wood firing to create a chance element in my finished work, the nuances of the flame, the drips of ash, happy mistakes that contribute to the surface variations that are achieved.”
At the completion of the exhibit, both a Juror’s Choice Prize and a Director’s Choice Prize will be awarded. To learn more about the exhibit, click here.