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You may remember when Santa Barbara was home to the excellent gallery run by Edward Cella. Edward has moved his gallery to L.A. (Wilshire Blvd if you're going) but has kept up an exhibition schedule here in Santa Barbara. Currently you can see Adam Silverman's New Pots at Cabana Home. It's up through January 14.
The exhibition presents a new collection of hand thrown pots with explosive, experimental glazes that epitomizes Silverman’s distinctive aesthetic connecting ancient and modern sensibilities.
The deceptively and modestly, self-described potter is widely recognized for his experimental glazes that are developed and refined through a series of extensive tests. Each pot is enveloped by richly glazed textures of ashy scars and mottled lava-like surfaces. In some cases, Silverman grinds down their surfaces to expose the bubbles and lacy patterns underneath revealing the chemical process of fire reacting to the minerality of the glazes and clay. This new body of work engages the viewer through an experimental journey of process and time, trekking through traditional and personal, improvisational techniques that are a counterpoint with the vessel’s highly considered, modernist inspired silhouettes. Each work bridges the past and present simultaneously in one artefact.