Canfield Gallery to Show Contemporary Ceramic Tableware

Canfield Gallery to Show Contemporary Ceramic Tableware

Canfield Gallery to Show Contemporary Ceramic Tableware

Jessica Putnam Phillips ‘serveware’ has a double meaning.

Jessica Putnam Phillips ‘serveware’ has a double meaning.

An exhibit titled ‘No Reservations: Contemporary Ceramic Tableware,’ is on view Thursday, October 2 through 30 at the Canfield Gallery in Arlington, Vt. featuring the latest work of local artist Jessica Putnam Phillips.

For this exhibition Putnam Phillips will be showing her functional hand-carved ceramics along with her more controversial US servicewomen series. She explains this thought-provoking work: “As a reflection of my own military experience, I explore the juxtaposition of US service women in combat with the domestic and decorative nature of heirloom ceramic tableware. Using the notion of ‘serving’ I create objects associated with serving a meal depicting military women serving their country, combining military iconography with traditional
elements of transfer-ware patterns. This re-imagining subverts the once-benign decoration while creating a personal narrative and contemporary social commentary. Through non-traditional imagery I seek to challenge the entrenched ideas of domesticity and gender roles while exposing the social and cultural issues faced by military women.”

Putnam Phillips was born and raised in New Hampshire and served in the US Air Force. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions nationwide, including the Boston Young Contemporaries 2013 Exhibition and the New England Collective at Galatea Gallery, Boston, Ma. In 2014, three of her pieces were selected to be part of an exhibition at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pa. In addition to her studio work, Jessica is the director of the Canfield Gallery and teaches ceramics for CCV and at the Vermont Art Exchange in North Bennington, Vt.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 4, from 3 to 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. A portion of all art sales benefits the Martha Canfield Library.

For more information about this event or the exhibit, call 802-375-6153 or visit marthacanfieldlibrary.org.

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