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February 11, 2003

Clay Clocks - A Timely Exploration of Form and Function

WHO: The Gavilan College Art Department

WHAT: Presents the exhibit "Clay Clocks." For centuries, humanity has been intrigued with timekeeping—how to measure it, how to beautify the device that keeps time. Our society is obsessed with keeping time, so it is only fitting that it is concerned with collecting clocks. "Clay Clocks" presents a unique collection to the genre. Generally, when clay is mentioned, an image of pottery leaps to mind with forms of bowls, plates, mugs, vases, and less immediately, sculpture. "Clay Clocks" is an exercise in creativity by local artists, students and faculty that demonstrates the versatility of clay to be applied to design. The challenge was to create new forms to house the clock, especially ones that challenged the traditional shape of clocks. "Clay Clocks" represents a wide range of possibility from traditional, to intriguing, to whimsical. All clocks that are not marked with a red dot are available for sale, a portion of the proceeds will go towards the operation of the Gavilan College ceramics program.

WHEN: Exhibit: now through March 6. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is free. Parking on campus is $.75.
Closing reception: Thursday, March 6, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

WHERE: in the Gavilan College Art Gallery, Library Building, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd in Gilroy

WHY: Gavilan College has a long tradition of functional ceramics. "Clay Clocks" represents a new direction in an old tradition. In addition to the traditional tableware and functional vessels, students are learning about new sculptural and multi-media possibilities. One of the reasons for presenting this show at this time is to raise awareness of the ceramic arts. In March the National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) will meet in San Diego. Shows in other schools and galleries throughout the state will be revealing the state of the ceramic arts.

Please contact the ceramic department (408)848-4833 or The show closes on March 6, all clocks sold will be available to be taken at that time.

Last modified: August 17, 2011
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