Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

We are very pleased to host a solo show of new work from Russ Orlando, 2009 Kresge Visual Arts Fellow and Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University. Orlando, a native Detroiter, uses ceramics as a gateway to probe themes from his upbringing, a messaging of contrast and contradiction. Status, politics and humor intertwine to create his works and installations. 

The artist will be conducting a live performance for the duration of the opening reception. Join us to welcome Orlando. The exhibition will run through Sunday, May 11, 2014.

About the artist:
Born in Detroit, Russ Orlando earned his MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work has been exhibited across the country, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN and MOCAD (The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit). In 2009, he was a recipient of the Kresge Artist Fellowship, and in 2013, he was artist-in-residence and exhibited at the Mattress Factory Art Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Currently an Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University, he has also been a visiting artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the University of Tennessee.   

Each of the five artists included in this exhibit are intensely interested in the glazes, glaze technology, and the chemistry of ceramics and glazing. These artists have taken a traditional technique and developed, reinterpreted, and applied it in such a way that a new existence is created. This exhibit explores the nuances and complexities of iridescent, Tenmoku, Celadon and crystalline glazing. The opening reception is Friday, January 10, 2014 from 6-8pm.

Join us for our annual showcase of work from staff and student artists. The opening reception is Friday, August 23 from 6-8pm. 


Pewabic is pleased to present two of the finest ceramicists from neighboring state, Ohio. Both artists are instructors at the Cleveland Institute of Art, an establishment that along with the state continues to be a powerhouse in contemporary ceramic arts. 

Judith Salomon draws upon the inspiration of two-dimensional collage, piecing together layer upon layer of slab-rolled clay to create three-dimensional, functional wares.  

Like calligraphic brushstrokes in space, Amy Sinbondit's sculpture explores the rythm, harmony, and interaction within communication, balance and connections through abstract letter forms.

The opening reception for the exhibtion is Friday, August 2, 2013 from 6pm-8pm  


Joe Zajac New Work: March 29 - May 26

These flat, tile-like ceramic works by Joe Zajac's work can be compared to the paintings of contemporary artists whose major concerns are abstraction and expression. This is new work by Zajac, one of Michigan's senior ceramic artists. 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.

The exhibition's opening reception will be held on Friday, March 29 from 6-8pm.   

New Work & Together Again: January 18 through March 17

New Work, Craig Clifford:
Clifford’s work is an exercise in the transformation of the mundane as well as an investigation into how context and expectation affect our experience and interpretation of the objects he incorporates into his finished works.

Together Again, Sally Brogden & Frank Martin:
Brogden and Martin were educated in Michigan institutions at slightly different times. During their student years, both admired the iconic work of Pewabic; Martin was even craftsman-in-residence at Pewabic in the late 1980s.  After successful and varied careers as artists, both are Associate Professors at University of Tennessee and are again together for this exhibition.   

The exhibitions run simultaneously from January 18 through March 17. The exhibitions open on Friday, January 18 from 6-8pm.