Impulse to Form: Daniel Rhodes

Art & Education at the Hoyt will present an exhibition honoring the life and work of Daniel Rhodes August 3-October 23, 2016. It is the second major exhibit of his work since his death in 1989. Daniel Rhodes was an American ceramic artist, educator, sculptor, and author who spent his life gaining and sharing technical knowledge of glazes and pottery.

Considered a pioneer in the field, Daniel Rhodes lived and worked at the period when ceramics craft was shifting from a craft to a fine art. In fact, he was instrumental in promoting that shift with new methods and techniques that made it possible.  His experiential nature, for example, discovered that an infusion of fiberglass could increase the tensile strength of clay to create much larger work than clay alone would allow.

In 1962, Rhodes received a Fulbright Scholarship to live and work in Japan, Korea, and China.  His later work became heavily influenced by the simplicity and organic nature of Asian aesthetics, in particular Tamba Pottery, which he later popularized through his writings. Over his lifetime he published five books that shared his technical knowledge that are still commonly used today.

Rhodes was a teacher of ceramics at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University from 1947-1973, and their first graduate student. Although an intellectual, Rhodes is highly regarded by those who knew him for his kindness, friendship, and inspiration to generations of students to be celebrated in a corresponding exhibition of Alfred University Alumnae. A public reception is planned for Friday, August 5, 6-8 p.m. Admission is free.