West Hartford Ceramic artist Susan Perl Exhibition Opening at Congregation Beth Israel October 22nd

From a press release:

Ceramic artist Susan Perl of West Hartford will hold an exhibition of her work in the Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Community Learning Center, Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. “Nature of Clay” will open on Friday, October 22, 6:30 p.m. at Beth Israel and will run through Friday, December 10.

Ms. Perl’s ceramic work finds its inspiration in the manifestations of time’s passage, including the processes of growth, transformation, erosion, and decay. Each of her one-of-a-kind tiles is made from slabs of terra cotta or stoneware clay, formed by hand, and fired multiple times using natural oxides, organic material, and hand-mixed glazes. Firing temperatures vary from 1900 to over 2100 degrees, resulting in unique and varied surface treatments. Her sculptural work often takes on human characteristics, while some resemble pod-like forms that appear swollen from inner pressure. Her work breathes with a certain rhythm, much like a life force coming from within. She likens each piece to a song, pulsing in a display of forms and colors, dancing in silent celebration.

Susan Perl is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She has taught at RISD, Swain School of Design, Danforth Museum School, Farmington Valley Arts Center, and the West Hartford Art League, and has had her work displayed in galleries from Connecticut to California. She is a two-time recipient of the TPI Art Award and has won many graphic design honors, including those from Graphis (Switzerland), Hatch (Boston), New York Art Directors Club, and Print Magazine.

Admission to the exhibit is free of charge. For more information contact Beth Israel, bethisrael@cibct.org, 860-233-8215 x230, or visit www.cbict.org.

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