Recently I needed to go to Kenosha, WI. My exhibiting group FAC (Fiber Artists Coalition) had shown Salvage to Selvedge at the Anderson Art Center ( www.andersonartscenter.com ); its a beautiful venue–an old mansion on Lake Michigan–well worth a visit! I had agreed to help Pat Kroth take down that and the SAQA IL/WI show Eye and the Needle. My husband happened to be on spring break at that time, so we decided to take a long weekend and also go to Milwaukee. On the way, I wanted to stop in Racine at the Racine Art Museum ( http://www.ramart.org ). This small gem of a museum is internationally known for its collection of modern craft. Although I was disappointed to find no baskets on display (silver lining — another trip to Racine!), I did find a very interesting show of ceramics.
There were dozens and dozens of teapots and bowls etc and lots of strange stuff (IMHO!) but my attention was really caught by these large glazed stoneware objects. Their size was the first thing to catch my attention. They were 4-6 feet tall! The colors were subtle. And the glazing was also interesting, It looked like hand dyed fabric. Finally, the striations of the coiling process were visible and made for very interesting texture. Ceramic sculpture that looks like fabric attracts this art quilter!