Functional/Dysfunctional: National Juried Ceramics Exhibition and Florida Heat: Instructor Work 

When: Jan. 12-Feb. 24 2013

What: Contemporary ceramic art spans an enchanting spectrum from flawlessly executed functional wares to provocative, high-concept sculpture. Two exhibitions opening this weekend at the Morean Arts Center highlight works by artists from around the U.S. who explore the gamut of what it means to work with clay today. Functional/Dysfunctional: National Juried Ceramics Exhibition features both functional and sculptural ceramic art — from delicate porcelain canisters by up-and-coming Pennsylvania-based artist Kyla Toomey to witty figurative pieces resembling molded chocolate by established Illinois-based artist Tammie Rubin — selected by jurors Kathy King, Harvard University professor of ceramics, and Steven Young Lee, Resident Artist Director at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana. (Hear the jurors discuss their choices and announce award-winners at Saturday’s reception.) Florida Heat: Instructor Work showcases works by the eminent artist-instructors of the Morean Train Station Center for Clay’s annual intensive heat firing symposium, scheduled for Feb. 9-20. Priced from $35 to $4,500, the objects on display should be accessible to collectors both established and emerging as well. an opening reception Sat., Jan. 12, 5-8 p.m., Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-822-7872, moreanartscenter.org. (Text by Megan Voeller)

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