Robert & Paula Winokur - November 2007
November 16th - December 12th, 2007
Both of these award-winning artists have works in major museum collections including the Renwick Gallery and have exhibited their work all around the country and as far a field as China, Denmark and Iceland. Their dynamic and committed careers have kept them in the forefront of the ceramics world from their early days at Alfred and Tyler School of Art in the 50’s to this day.
The Winokurs have worked side by since they opened their first functional pottery studio, Cape Street Pottery, in 1964 to the present where their studios are attached. Their artwork though, is very different.
Robert is interested in buildings as vessels. He studies the vernacular architecture in his surroundings and uses it to inspire his austerely elegant salt-fired brick clay sculptures. They evoke shrines and are very powerful and enigmatic forms.
Paula’s love is geology. Her porcelain clay looks like glaciers, erupting volcano floes and shifting tectonic plates. Small vessels remain in some of her work though they have become ceremonial rather than functional. The Winokurs work converges with their equal sense of quality and craftsmanship and their dual expression of a mysterious spirituality.