Ink & Clay

Sep 14, 2015

Meriel Stern, Sisters, Cone 5 Porcelain, each piece approx. 7 x 5 x 5 inches.

Ink & Clay 41 is a juried exhibition now in its 41st year. Delightfully, Milagro Charter School artist-in-residence and City of Pasadena Art Commissioner Meriel Stern has had some works, including Sisters (porcelain, pictured right), accepted into this national competition.

Artists from all 50 states compete with works in the areas of ceramic ware, clay sculpture, printmaking, drawing, installation, and mixed media, “utilizing any variety of ‘ink’ or ‘clay’ as a material.” Awards are presented, including several cash prizes ($6,500 is dispersed in several categories; up to 18 monetary awards are awarded).

The exhibit opens to the public on September 19 at Kellogg Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona. The opening reception with award announcements is scheduled for September 26th, 4-7 p.m.

Below are some of the works selected for this year’s exhibition…


T. Robert Pacini, Volunteers, 2015. Ceramic stoneware (3 cages) on mulch, 8’5″, 7′ 5″, 6′ x 24″ x 18″.



Leslie McQuaide, The Burden of Purpose and Gift, 2015. Assemblage: clay with encaustic, Hollywood film can, typewriter keyboard, and found objects, 34 x 25 x 12 inches.



Margi Weir, Topless, 2015. From the Frontline: Detroit Series. Sumi ink, India ink, Tushe on rag paper, 13 x 19 inches.



CJ Mammarella, Mask, 2015. From the Via Dolorosa Series. Ink and watercolor on Japanese paper, 39 x 39 inches.



Meriel Stern creates with clay and stainless, copper, brass, insulated, plastic and colored coated wire. Some of her pieces incorporate clay and wire, as well as beads or cultured pearls and even fur. Her work oozes texture, color, shape, curves, rough surfaces, smooth lines; a fascinating body of work.

“Her art work is centered on the morphology of the natural world and its relationship to the narrative of human experience.” (



Karrie Ross, Watching for the Pods, 2013. Ink and watercolor, 30 x 22 inches.




Ink & Clay Exhibit 41
Sept. 19-Oct. 29
Kellogg Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona
3801 W. Temple Ave., Bldg. 35A, Pomona 91768
Gallery is on NE end of Bronco Student Ctr. across from library
Hours: Mon.-Tues., 4-8 p.m.; Wed.-Thurs., Sat.-Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Closed Fridays
Admission to gallery is free
Visitor parking: Use lot “C”; $6 on weekdays; $3 on weekends
Also, $1 for 1-hour parking is available
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William Wright, Herr Strohman, 2013. Linocut, ed. 5/20 variable eds. 16 x 14 inches.





Ink & Clay 41 is sponsored by the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and is underwritten by the generosity of the late Col. James “Jim” H. Jones with additional support from the Office of the University President. (




Roland S. Escalona, Close Quarters III (detail), 2015. Mezzotint, 12 x 12 inches.



Janet Neuwalder, Potential for Reverie III (detail), 2015. From the Potential for Reverie Series. Site-specific installation: porcelain, steel, vinyl, tubing, and plexiglass, 108 x 108 x 20 inches (dimensions vary).



Donald Furst, 3:20 a.m., 2015. Mezzotint. 12 x 12 inches.



Catherine Burce, Archipelago (detail), 2014. Porcelain, paper, clay, 24 x 28 x 3 inches.






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