November, 10 2016 – January, 8 2017

Exhibition Reception

Thursday, November, 10 2016
5:00 pm–8:00 pm

Pewabic has a 100+ year history producing decorative and architectural ceramic tile. Pewabic architectural tile designs are woven into Detroit’s landscape. From the Guardian Building skyscraper to the Detroit Institute of Arts to the Cathedral Church of St. Paul as well as thousands of homes and public spaces around the region, Pewabic is part of the rich artistic heritage of Detroit.

Ceramic Tile 2016, Pewabic’s second annual call-for-entry exhibition, celebrates that history with a presentation of ceramic tile selected by renowned ceramic and tile artist Bobby Silverman from artists representing 17 states and as far away as Budapest, Hungary. Artists were invited to submit original works in all themes, genres, types of clay and firing methods. Prizes will be announced November 10th. All works are available for purchase.

Juror Bobby Silverman is an artist and designer who lives and works in New York City. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in many public and private collections including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, the European Ceramic Work Center, s’Hertogenbosch,The Netherlands, The Museum of Fine Arts,Houston, TX and the Renwick Gallery /Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington ,DC. He has received fellowships from the Louisiana State Council for the Arts National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts and the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship He received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO and his BA in Social Geography, Cum Laude, from Clark University Worcester, MA He has taught and lectured in China, the U.S., Europe and the Middle East and is the Principal of Alsio Design, a company that designs and manufactures ceramic tile.

Pewabic is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit dedicated to enriching the human spirit with clay. Housed in an 11,800 sq. foot Tudor Revival building designed by notable architect William Buck Stratton, Pewabic continues to build on its legacy as a community of makers and educators focused on progressing the handcrafted process and ceramic education.

Ceramic artist Mary Chase Perry Stratton and entrepreneur Horace James Caulkins – innovators of the early 20th century – founded Pewabic in 1903. Stratton is well known for her distinctive iridescent glaze and tile designs installed in buildings around the United States.

We continue to refine our role in the community through exhibitions, outreach and education, looking for new ways to make ceramics relevant and accessible to people of all ages and skill levels. Like our founder, we are creating our next makers, artists and appreciators.



Entries were accepted from artists throughout the United States as well as China, Finland and Hungary. Our congratulations to the following price recipients selected by Juror Bobby Silverman:
1st Prize: Sarah Heitmeyer
2nd Prize: Hannah Thompsett
3rd Prize: Andrew Van Assche
Honorable Mentions: Marina Smelik & Daniel Hunter

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