Functional Fall: Put A Lid On It


Clay Art Center is pleased to present: Put A Lid On It

An exhibition featuring lidded ceramics, guest juried by Doug Peltzman & Jen Allen.

Please join us for an Opening Reception on Saturday, September 7th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Clay Art Center is pleased to present Put A Lid On It, our National Call For Entry Exhibition for 2024, guest juried by Doug Peltzman and Jen Allen. This Second Annual Functional Fall Exhibition at Clay Art Center presents lidded ceramics, and features submissions from artists at all stages of their careers.

Our guest jurors state, “This exhibition of lidded ceramics spotlights the concept of containment with the intent to hold, store, commemorate, memorialize, and celebrate. The lidded pot spans millennia. From the physical need of preserving food to the spiritual need for ceremonial objects, the lidded pot is – and always has been – essential to survival. Contemporary makers continue to explore this realm of object-making in exciting and unpredictable ways. This exhibition hopes to bring together a powerfully diverse grouping of lidded pots that speak to our times in addition to our histories.”

Doug Peltzman & Jen Allen
Guest Jurors

Participating artists include:

Kait Arndt, Posey Bacopoulos, Michael Blair, Jordan Blankenship, Angel Brame, Tim Branch, Ray Brown Asta Bubliene, Renee Calder, Jeanne Carreau, Pascal Chmelar, Maggie Chow, Connie Christensen, Brenton Duhan, Jeff Greenham, Kathy Guss, Karen Hamilton, Mandy Henebry, Margaret Henkels, Amy Henson, Jason Hess, Stephen Heywood, Anne Maraviglia, Colin Martin, Sydney Mason, Ivy Mattson, Paul Noel, Eric Ordway, Jessica Palmer, Don Reynolds, Jan Schachter, Rebecca Schedl, Loren Scherbak, Andrew Tran, and GH Wood.

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Guest Juror Doug Peltzman is based in Shokan, NY. He states, “My work is an act of love. I love the challenge of making functional pottery for daily use. Every aspect of the process is an opportunity to dig deep. I believe pots can be a powerful conduit for conversation, interaction, and celebration. I approach my forms with comfort, curiosity, playfulness, geometry, history, and intention of use, in mind. My surfaces are a careful arrangement of glaze color, idiosyncratic marks, leaf motifs, horizon lines, circles, and grids. I use these signifiers to emphasize my formal decisions and to shift perceptions about what pottery can be; a profound mechanism to induce pause and delight in the day to day.”

Learn more about Doug Peltzman

Guest Juror Jen Allen is based in Morgantown, WV. She states, “My focus is to express sentiments of beauty and joy through tactile, handmade pots. Whether forming a vase that decorates a room or producing dinnerware that celebrates a meal, my work is made to honor and enhance the rhythms of home life. Driven to create for special occasions, I visualize the holiday table brimming with friends, food, flowers, and candlelight. While I enjoy the vibrant energy encircling a festive gathering, I find the contemplative moments sipping a morning cup of coffee equally as invigorating. My work is intended to live in these instances of physical and psychological nourishment.”

Learn more about Jen Allen


The Mission of the Clay Art Center Gallery is to provide a platform for emerging and established artists to explore a wide range of topics that address materials, processes and techniques, and to engage in critical dialogue through clay. We are committed to exhibiting a variety of work representing diverse backgrounds, and we support our artist and student communities through gallery programming opportunities.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, 10573
Handicap Accessible? No

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2024
Times: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ticket pricing:
Free event