2018 Silent Auction Gallery
All artwork shown here will be exhibited at the Silent Auction during the ArtSpring Festival, Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, 2018. Additional works by each artist can be found at the Galleries listed.
Watercolor, 6" x 14". www.arensart.com
The Studio Gallery, Davis WV
I mostly paint watercolor landscapes, but I also paint some oils, and my subject matter often ranges far beyond landscapes. I work most often “plein aire,” and follow the visual world pretty faithfully. One could argue that I am merely illustrating what I see. I prefer to say that I’m trying to be an honest reporter….albeit a reporter whose goal is to evoke some authentic emotions within the viewer.
Anyway, my paintings are more about life than art, and more about external situations than internal emotions. This is a relative matter, though, and I’m surely not dogmatic about it. Mostly I just try to be true to both the scene presented and my personal reaction to said scene.
~ Greg Arens
Porcelain, Celadon Glaze, 12" x 2.5".
Donated by Judy Davis, Malcolm’s wife, from her private collection
Malcolm Davis is internationally recognized for his porcelain and for a red shino glaze that he developed. It took him over a year to perfect his technique which involved starving the kiln of oxygen to create smoke. This glaze is often called “Malcolm’s shino.” He shared the formula for this glaze and it quickly became a sensation in the pottery world. He worked exclusively in porcelain, making pots for daily use that were well designed within the context of function. He taught other potters all over the country, and museums and private collectors paid top prices for his teapots, cups, bowls, and plates.
Davis first touched clay in 1974 at age 37 and became a full-time studio potter in 1984 when he left his previous career as a campus minister. His work was inspired by diverse folk traditions from early Korean to Native American pottery. Davis was 74 when he died in 2012.
1955-1959 BS Mathematics, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
1959-1964 Master of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York
1962-1963 Theological Studies University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
1974 Ceramics Class, Department of Recreation, Washington, D.C.
1974-1976 Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C.
1977-1979 George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE
1981-2012 Studio potter, Upshur County, West Virginia
RESIDENCIES AND APPRENTICESHIPS
1980 Year-long residency, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland