Edinboro artists appear in international ceramics exhibition


Edinboro Ceramics

Edinboro University’s art footprint is growing to a global level, as ceramicists from the campus community participate in an international virtual exhibition.

Edinboro Art faculty members Chuck Johnson (ceramics), Linda Cordell (ceramics) and Sue Amendolara (jewelry/metals); current MFA student Whitney Timbrook; and ceramics alumni Austin Wieland (M’15), Chanakarn Semachai (M’19) and Tyler Podomik (’19) were recently invited to showcase their work in “Crafts in the Air” – a virtual exhibition hosted by Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

"We are honored in the ceramics area to have faculty members, a grad student and three alumni in this prestigious international exhibition,” said Johnson, who joined Edinboro’s faculty in 1996. “The connections made with our students often carry on for a lifetime, and it is especially rewarding when they cross cultural and international borders."

Edinboro artists joined more than 100 Thai and international artists for the exhibition, which runs through Feb. 25, 2021.

This exhibition is a showcase of crafts such as ceramics, glass, metal work, wood work, jewelry, textiles and more, hosted by the Chamchuri Art Gallery.

“The work of our students, alumni and faculty – engaging in the arts at the local, national and international level – is a demonstration of Edinboro University’s continued commitment to the arts,” said Dr. Scott Miller, dean of Edinboro’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

“Crafts in the Air” was organized in response to the need for continuity of artistic activities and an ambience of aesthetic appreciation, according to the Office of Art and Culture at Chulalongkorn. The Craft Product Development Research Unit, Department of Creative Arts and the Fine Arts faculty collaborated with Thai students and international artists to build this network and bring together artwork in a public forum.

In his submissions, “Retry,” Weiland utilized earthenware, underglaze, glaze, decals, paint, and Arduino board, LCD screen and conduit to create his mixed media sculpture.

Timbrook incorporated coil-built seeds with layers of underglazes, which were painted and sanded, for “Seeds.”

Semachai – a Thailand native who helped organize Edinboro’s participation in the gallery – designed “Neither nor – Either or” with stoneware, underglaze, glaze and luster.

A Pittsburgh ceramicist, Podomik designed “Hand with Milk Bottle” utilizing stoneware and electric firing.

As head of the MFA ceramics program at Edinboro, Johnson used a wood-fired stoneware clay with iron oxide stain and melted wood ash for “Bishop.”

Cordell, who served as an instructor in Edinboro’s Art Department from 2009-2014 and again starting in 2020, designed the porcelain “cloud dog” with an underglaze and overglaze decoration.

As the 2012 Faculty Member of the Year at Edinboro, Amendolara created “Mending” – a holly, sterling silver, Plexiglas, embroidery thread with mother’s embroidery.

View all of these creations from Edinboro personnel and the entire artist array at Crafts in th­e Air.

For more information about Edinboro’s ART100 celebration and art on a global scale, visit https://art.edinboro.edu/art-100.