Running at the Clay Gallery on Main from September 1st through the 29th is Craig Hinshaw Ceramics: Two Decades, Two Themes. Acclaimed ceramicist, Hinshaw garnered his MFA at Cranbrook and is active in art education and art criticism. The current show goes back twenty years and features both his “Black and White” and “Animals” motifs. The Black and Whites include both wheel thrown and hand build pieces, glazed in satiny black with white glaze. They are functional or can be enjoyed for their decorative value. The Animals pieces are hand built and fired with stoneware glazes in a gas kiln Hinshaw has in his backyard. They interpret and reconstruct contemporary environmental dilemmas like factory farming and pollution. Hinshaw is the author of more than 50 articles on art education and ceramics. He wrote the critically acclaimed book, Clay Connections, an account of his innovative elementary art lessons and projects. There will be an artist’s talk at the gallery on Sunday, the 9th at 3pm. And don’t miss the opening reception on Friday the 7th. The Clay has some of the best opening parties in town.
Clay Gallery, 335 S. Main St. 734-662-7927. www.claygallery.org —LM