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Ceramics Biennial

The Boehm Gallery opened this semester with a show called Ceramics Biennial.

The show — set to run until March 11 — will feature Nick Schwartz’s collection “Ash & Fog” and Jessica Rae Thompson’s collection “Twilight Language.”

Ceramic artist Jessica Rae Thompson's piece described as "humanities destruction of the tree of knowledge" during the Ceramics Biennial at Palomar College's Boehm Gallery on Feb. 18. Tracy Grassel/The Telescope
Ceramic artist Jessica Rae Thompson’s piece described as “humanities destruction of the tree of knowledge” during the Ceramics Biennial at Palomar College’s Boehm Gallery on Feb. 18. Tracy Grassel/The Telescope

Thompson used a multitude of techniques when crafting her ceramic art pieces. She displayed several hand built figures made of stoneware. Some of her hand-built sculptures were dozens of upright fingers on a flat crafted stand. Thompson also had hand-built installation pieces that were brick red and gave the impression of rolled logs.

Her skill went beyond only hand-crafted pieces. She also had wheel thrown pieces, and some of them were stacked upon each other. Thompson carved into her pieces before the firing and glazing processes creating intricate patterns.

Thompson incorporated pieces of wood in the display of some of her pieces. She uses this to demonstrate the tree of knowledge and how humans are destroying the tree. Her collection consisted of reds, browns, nudes and whites.

One of Thompson’s ceramic pieces allows the spectator to interact with it. A person can blow into the sculpture creating a whistling sound throughout the four-tier piece.

Artist Nick Schwartz exhibits his work at the Ceramics Biennial in the Boehm Gallery at Palomar College on Feb. 18. Tracy Grassel/The Telescope
Artist Nick Schwartz exhibits his work at the Ceramics Biennial in the Boehm Gallery at Palomar College on Feb. 18. Tracy Grassel/The Telescope

Schwartz’s art is dominated with various intricate textures, which brings the work to life. He took his ceramic artistry to the next level by creating pieces that decorate the walls rather than simply sticking to floor or table bound pieces.

His collection incorporated various jugs spun on a wheel. He also demonstrated his versatile talents by including pieces constructed in other various methods. Schwartz’s artistry also encompassed impressive and detailed glazing techniques to finish his work with delicate patterns and textures.

The ceramic gallery show will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more information call 760-744-1150 x2304. Stop by and check out the masterpieces!

Gallery attendee Michelle Hauswirth blows into ceramic artist Jessica Rae Thompson's sculpture thereby creating a whistle sound during the Ceramics Biennial at the Palomar College Boehm Gallery on Feb. 18. Tracy Grassel/The Telescope
Gallery attendee Michelle Hauswirth blows into ceramic artist Jessica Rae Thompson’s sculpture thereby creating a whistle sound during the Ceramics Biennial at the Palomar College Boehm Gallery on Feb. 18. Tracy Grassel/The Telescope
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