Ceramic Expressions

Tom Hubert

May 12-July 31, 2015

Opening Reception: May 15, 6-8 pm

This collection of decorative pottery by Tom Hubert includes a variety of ceramic forms ranging from wheel thrown vessels to slab built construction. What they have in common is a white ceramic body and vividly patterned surfaces produced by several layers of under-glaze using mask and resist methods.

The most interesting pieces include additions of hardwood elements serving as legs, handles and other teapot components. The organic qualities of the wood provide striking contrast to the colorful glassy surface of the ceramic forms. The wood elements begin with solid blocks of hardwood that are rough-cut with a band saw then carved, sanded, and lacquered.  A handful of wall pieces allowed Hubert to consider his work more as a painter than a potter working on slabs of clay.  He refers to them as his ceramic canvases.

Hubert is a life-long resident of Erie, Pa. He received his BA in Art Education from Mercyhurst University and his MFA in Ceramics and Ceramic Sculpture with a Minor in Photography from the School for the American Craftsman at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a Professor of Art and has been teaching art at Mercyhurst University for the past 35 years. He was Chair of the Art Department for 14 years.

He has received 20 awards in national and regional exhibitions including a Pennsylvania Council of Arts Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts/Mid-Atlantic Art Foundation Regional Fellowship. He has had ten solo exhibitions in the last twelve years and his work has been in dozens of galleries across the United States.