On Display Now
Hand Built, Five on Tile: Ceramic Arts
July 11 - August 30, 2015
Gallery Artist Talk: Saturday July 25, from 3 to 4 PM
This event will give the public an opportunity to discuss the artist’s inspiration, technique and individual style.
Meet the Artists Reception: Friday, July 10, 2015 7 – 9 PM
Hand Built: Artworks by Five on Tile is an exhibition that showcases the talents of five ceramic artists with a joined collective of over 60 years of ceramics experience. Each artist brings with them uniqueness in composition and a wide variety of clay techniques. Five on Tile artists have created two dimensional ceramic designs in addition to new tile artworks, fusing past artworks and new trends to demonstrate their range of clay expertise.
Five on Tile is comprised of artists, Sue Berzelius, Kathleen Escobedo, Steven Fitch, Alvin Pace and Ted Wolter. These five were chosen to bring an artistic approach to the City of Chandler’s, Arizona Avenue redevelopment project. Five on Tile created over 8,000 handmade tiles for the ten benches, six tables, and seven art pedestals that line the one mile stretch of Arizona Avenue that runs through downtown Chandler. Five on Tile was commissioned to create ten additional tile benches for the entrance patio of the Chandler Center for the Arts.
Sue Berzelius, an Arizona resident, has been part of a ceramics program at Chandler-Gilbert Community College for over 15 years. Sue curated “Atomica Ceramica” held at the Chandler Center of the Arts in 2012 and “Atomica Ceramica Redo” the following year. She was one of two 5 on Tile artists who created 3 tile pieces for Saba’s exterior walls viewed from the Chandler City Hall building. Her work has been displayed in Vision Gallery in Chandler, Arizona and is part of the permanent collection at Chandler Gilbert Community College.
Kathleen Escobedo, an Arizona artist, began studying ceramics 13 years ago through Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She has participated in several shows, notably, “Go Figure” at Herberger Theater, and “Things That Go Bump in the Night” at Vision Gallery in 2012, “Atomica Ceramica” in 2013, and “Full Bloom” at Vision Gallery in 2014. Her watercolors can be seen at Mesa Art Center where she is a member of the MAC Artists Cooperative. Her ceramic work is at Botanica at the Farm at South Mountain and Clay Hands Gallery in Tubac, Arizona.
Steven Fitch, an Arizona resident for over 45 years, has over 20 years experience as a graphic designer and has been part of the Chandler-Gilbert Community College ceramics program for over 10 years. He has also worked as a bronze sculptor/fabricator with Buffalo Bronze Works in Sedona, Arizona. Steven’s work has also been displayed at Vision Gallery, Chandler’s downtown area and Chandler Center for the Arts.
Alvin Pace, an Arizona native, has an MFA from Arizona State University. He was the Head of the Art Department at Chandler High School for over 30 years, and is currently a Ceramics Instructor at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. His work can be found in the City of Chandler Public Art Collection, City of Scottsdale Art Collection, the Arizona State University Ceramic Collection and the Eddie Basha Art Collection.
Ted Wolter, an Arizona resident, has an MFA from the University of Illinois. He is the founder of the Art Department at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and is active in both fine arts and graphic arts and is proficient in computer graphics. His work is represented in several permanent collections and he frequently serves as an art juror and guest lecturer. He has an extensive exhibition record of over 90 exhibits, including 10 one-man shows.