As part of the Pewabic mission, we deliver a yearly rotation of exhibitions featuring contemporary ceramic art. On Friday, March 29, we open our second exhibition of the 2013 season with Joe Zajac: New Work featuring Zajac’s most recent body of ceramic pieces. Zajac is one of Michigan’s premiere ceramic artists. His newest work is a collection of flat, tile-like ceramics that can be compared to the paintings of contemporary artists whose major concerns are abstraction and expression. The bright color and sometimes complex patterns on the flat clay surfaces are further enlivened by the attraction of a shiny ceramic glaze. The surfaces evoke the automobile, in their perfection of surface, as well as the flash of contemporary fashion jewelry, and color-block clothing.

Joe Zajac Exhibit

Zajac began his tenure as coordinator of the ceramics area at Wayne State University in 1975 after earning his MFA at Eastern Michigan University and continues in that role as professor of art. Joe served the art department at WSU as Interim Chair in 1995 and is currently in his third year as Assistant Chair of the department. Under his watch as president and director of Michigan Ceramic Art Association in the early 1990’s the MCCA launched the first “Michigan Mud” event, which continues to stimulate both students and the ceramic art community. Joe actively mentors undergraduate and graduate students at Wayne State University and is grateful for having the opportunity and privilege to work with numerous creative faculty and students.

“For a number of years I have worked with a bright color pallet of low fire glazes that resemble automotive finishes and reflective glass. By utilizing controlled and spontaneous application techniques I’m able to complete ceramic pieces in a tile and a larger, painterly scale. Over the years, I have been influenced by abstract and minimalist painting, symbols, signage, and American quilts and my current body of work incorporates all of this information in a mature way. I maintain an active studio practice and exhibit regionally, nationally and internationally.” – Joe Zajac

The exhibition is a celebration of contemporary ceramic arts and Pewabic’s commitment to artists. Join us for the opening reception this Friday, March 29 from 6-8pm! We’re thrilled to show the work of long time Pewabic friend and fellow Detroiter, Joe Zajac. The exhibition runs through May 26, 2013.

Jessica Guzman, Director of Programs