Opening Reception Thursday July 13, from 4 to 6 pm.
Migration is a mixture of wall vessels and boxes made of paper clay, as well as Sang Roberson’s traditional terra cotta box forms on pedestals. The title alludes to the transition from pedestals to the walls of Encore Gallery. Sang says the many colors of the Southwest, in particular the flowers in her Taos garden, have influenced the shapes and palette for this exhibit.
Roberson describes her work as non-functional sculpted boxes and vessels inspired by the organic shapes of nature. Roberson’s work is hand built from slabs of terra cotta or paper clay. Each piece is burnished with terra sigillata, a fine clay slip. The work is fired twice in electric kilns, then often pit-fired outside in hay, sawdust, bamboo and other plants. All findings are organic and the cording used is waxed linen.
Sang Roberson grew up on a lake in the Mississippi Delta where she was surrounded by nature. Her work is inspired by her love of nature’s organic forms. She also believes that her signature box shapes are derived from the many Sundays she and her family spent at the construction sites of custom homes that her father, a builder, designed. Roberson got her start in pottery from a class she learned about in a newspaper ad. The class offered free babysitting, so she took her son and took the class. Since that introduction to ceramics, she has refined her craft and distinctive style. She describes her relationship to clay as “Love and Obsession.”
Sang attended Sophie Newcomb College and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi. Her sculpted clay forms have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally and in juried exhibitions such as SOFA Chicago, SOFA New York, the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship and a Visual Artist Grant from the Florida Department of State. She has led clay workshops at the Penland School in Penland, NC.; La Universidad Nacional in Bogota, Columbia; and Gaya Ceramic, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, among numerous others. Her artwork is in many public and private collections.
Roberson is currently represented by Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC., and Watson MacRae Gallery, Sanibel, Florida.